It's a tight race. By all accounts it will get down to who gets out the vote. Nobody is taking anything for granted, least of all the oil/energy rootin'/tootin'/pollutin' Koch brothers, who've dropped some 70 staffers and millions of dollars into Wisconsin to help Walker's campaign.
Walker has raised about $31 million, 2/3 from out of state, and that doesn't include the money rightwing PACs are spending on their own. He's got rightwing radio stations and Fox Noise giving him free time, advocating for his reelection and urging surpporters to vote.
He's got commercials flooding our airwaves, robocalls inundating our phone lines, pop up ads and emails clogging our internet, and dirty tricksters doing dirty deeds with redistricting, voter suppression and more in our communites.
He's outspending his oppenent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 8-1, at last count. He's been on the stump for months raising money from out-of-state rich folks, while Barrett just won the Democratic Party nomination on May 8, leaving him less than a month to campaign. The polls give Walker an edge, the GOP is pulling out all the stops, and pundits are already writing our epitaph.
But know what? We win. That's right. WE. WIN. We win even if we lose the recall.
We win because it is taking the most massive and expensive national operation in US political history--driven in no small measure by a corrupt US Supreme Court decision in the Citizen's United case--to re-elect a sitting governor and keep those of us who opposed him in line. They might do the former. They will never do the latter.
We win because we have been and are all about people power. Walker and the right rail against "union bosses" being behind our rebellion, but the truth is it was the people who pushed their keaders and organizations to act, and some folks even created organizations of their own, like We Are Wisconsin.
We win because what began as a handful of teaching assistants showing up with protest signs at the University of Wisconsin mushroomed into the largest and longest sustained labor protest in US history. Teachers and their students joined in, along with nurses and snow plow drivers and clerks and researchers and accountants and IT professionals and food service workers and maintenance workers and doctors and firefighters and police and farmers and many more, including those who had no union representation at all. The protests grew to the thousands then the tens of thousands and then over 150,00 at the Capitol with thousands more in cities and towns throughout the state.
We win because Walker can't go anywhere in Wisconsin without having to dodge angry citizens protesting his budget cuts affecting children, the poor, seniors, the disabled, the environment, education, health care, libraries and more while giving away over $2 billion in tax breaks to corporations and the super wealthy.
We win because we put a white hot spotlight on what rightwing extremism is doing to this state, and people around the country got active and involved in what was happening to them. In Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana. Maine, Virginia and more, state and local politics are no longer relegated to a lesser if almost nonexistant part of public awareness. Increasingly voters are learning the lessons of the adage, "All politics is local," while confronting virtually identical challenges state by state from legislatures bought and paid for by global corporations and rightwing billionaires.
We win, because we captured the attention of the world and reinforced the message of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East that people can--and do--make a difference, even in the face of tremendous odds.
We win because our movement is moving and growing and just taking its baby steps. It lives and breathes and cries and cheers and walks and talks and will always be pushing for justice, democracy and equality and government at all levels that is fair and accountable to all people.
What's Scott Walker got compared to that?
We win. Believe it. No matter what.