Though the recall efforts against the six Republican State Senators who stood proudly with Gov. Scott Walker as he stripped away collective bargaining rights for hundreds of thousands of public employees in Wisconsin are far from over, many on the left are already busy making plans the recall of Gov. Walker.
In response to questions about the timing of the recall effort against Gov. Walker, Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, issued a statement via email:
“As with the recall of the six Republican senators, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be committed to listening to the people when it comes to the recall of Scott Walker in 2012.
But our priority right now is the historic recall elections as a way to stop the runaway Walker agenda.
Only after victory there will we be positioned to have the discussion about not merely the recall of Scot Walker, but about what strategy will have the highest likelihood of his defeat.
This will be part of the discussion comprising the entire progressive community, which we will be able to have in full only after winning victory in August.
As the party OF the people, rest assured that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will listen TO the people when it comes to our great shared goal of stopping Scott Walker’s assault ON the people.”
While I understand the desire of many who are opposed to Gov. Walker’s radical right-wing agenda, a group that includes not only Democrats but independents and Republicans, I think a spring recall election of Gov. Walker would be a terrible strategic move, especially considering Wisconsin will have an April Republican Presidential primary. The Wisconsin Republican presidential primary will obviously turn out conservative voters in droves, especially if the Republican presidential nomination has not been decided, and putting a gubernatorial recall election on the same ballot as a contested Republican presidential primary would be utterly stupid, at least in my opinion.
It would seem to me to make more sense to initiate a recall election against Gov. Walker so that a recall election would coincide with the 2012 presidential election, an election that will see President Barack Obama at the top of every ballot in the state. While I acknowledge that the effort to recall Gov. Walker transcends party affiliations, putting a recall election on the same ballot as the presidential election will no doubt serve as an additional “kick in the pants” to help turn out voters who are more likely to vote Scott Walker out of office.