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MAY 9, 2012 10:54AM

ReMatch! Barrett to Face Walker in Historic Wisconsin Recall Election

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Mary Bottari

Wisconsin voters chose Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to run against incumbent Governor Scott Walker in the first gubernatorial recall election in the state's history. It has been 450 days since the first protests against Walker's bill to strip state workers of collective bargaining rights sparked massive protests and an 18 day occupation of the Capitol building.

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I had trouble sleeping last night because I'm so sure that Scott Walker is worrying about his final days in office. The major tell on the primary vote was the better than 10-1 split between the false Democrat and false Republican on both parties. This is a key indicator of how the undecided vote will split. At this point, I would say that there is a 70% chance that Scooter is toast June 5.

A victory against Walker will be enormous, both for Occupy Wall Street and the liberal-progressive movement. The defeat of Richard Lugar also bodes extremely well, as the Tea Party has been threatening to split from the GOP. Even if it stays inside the tent, it will produce candidates like Christine O'Donnell or Sharon Angle, translating into more Democratic victories in the House and Senate.

The actions in Wisconsin have to be about of the same magnitude as the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. And a Wisconsin victory will provide momentum for struggles in other states and communities.

Of course, all that is possible-- if everyone in Wisconsin works like hell and if everyone in the US supports their efforts financially and any other way that they can.