There is an intensity among the Wisconsin electorate that I have not felt before regarding statewide issues. We get riled up every four years for presidential elections, and take sides and fight hard. But when it comes to statewide concerns nothing in my memory reaches the level of rancor and discord like that which has exploded over the proposed end to collective bargaining. No statewide candidate has generated such white-hot reaction as what Governor Scott Walker has created in only a matter of a few months.
No one can possibly envy his position, or future hurdles that he needs to clear in order to just survive in his term of office.
One thing is clear regardless of where one stands on the issue of collective bargaining, or their view of Governor Walker. There is boundless energy and determination to be heard, and to win. As with so many areas of national politics, and the personalities involved, Wisconsin is angry and seemingly evenly divided.
So the latest news from the Wisconsin Public Radio findings on how voters feel about Governor Walker can not be seen as anything but a very angry and sour mood has spread across the Badgerland.
The political storm clouds are not dissipating, but only growing darker.
A new poll suggests Wisconsinites would be about evenly split on the question of recalling Gov. Scott Walker.
The idea of recalling the Republican governor arose during protests over his efforts to remove most collective bargaining rights from most public employees. The question is moot for now, since lawmakers must be in office for one year before they can be recalled. Walker was inaugurated in January.
Still, if there were a recall election, Thursday’s poll suggests a tight outcome. It said 48 percent would vote to keep Walker in office, while 47 percent would vote to remove him.