Wisconsin Recalls: Democrats in Danger
Two Democrats, from very different districts, are facing recall August 16: Bob Wirch, in the southern, industrial district that includes Kenosha, on the border with Illinois, and Jim Holperin of Eagle River, up in the North Woods.
This message—that the Democrats who left the state were shirking their duties—is the heart and soul of the Republican-led recall effort.
In Madison, where those senators are referred to as the “Fabulous 14” on T-shirts and posters, and where they were welcomed as heroes by a massive, cheering crowd when they finally returned to the state capitol, it seems like a total nonstarter. If the Senate Democrats hadn’t left town, the historic protests would never have had time to get going. Walker’s whole legislative agenda would have sailed through. Plus, it’s not like they went on vacation. Their decision to deprive the Republicans of a quorum was a political move. To their supporters, it was political leadership.
But that’s not how all the folks see it back home.