Today is a big day not only because of the Transit of Venus (see below) but because Wisconsin will vote on whether or not to recall Governor Scott Walker for curtailing collective bargaining for public employee unions.
All eyes will be on my former state because experts are seeing it as a preview of what might happen in the presidential election. If voters decide to keep the Republican Walker, that might be a sign they will vote Republican in the presidential race. That doesn’t happen very often in Wisconsin, but if they do, it may well be enough to tip the Electoral College to Mitt Romney.
What do things look like, Badgers? When I lived there, things were peaceful and people were nice. My impression is that union supporters are in a frenzy, but that such a public display of emotion is turning off other citizens of the badger state. If Walker is kept in, does that really also mean a repudiation of Obama, who has campaigned hard to recall him in favor of Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, who won the primary though he as mayor of Milwaukee also battled the unions? Or do Wisconsin voters see these as two different things?