Tuesday, August 16th, another installment in the Wisconsin recall saga will play out. This time two Democrat senators are facing recall elections. In a nation struggling with a stark economic downgrade, outside groups have poured 25 million dollars into these recall elections. Think about that for a moment, twenty five million dollars spent on eight state level senate recall elections. Recall elections typically don’t make a ripple outside local media and cost considerably less that what was splashed out by these organizations. This type of spending is usually reserved for national races with national media attention. But these weren’t typical recall elections. Rick Badger, executive director of the Wisconsin affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME),described the recall effort, “These elections are little proxies for what is going to happen for the rest of the country.” Christian Science Monitor reminds its readers of potential national implications of the recall elections:
But don’t underestimate the power of a symbol, he adds. Tuesday’s election carries political currency for Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee, and other states where high-stakes partisan fights erupted after Republican upsets in the state legislature, governor’s office, or both.