With both sides pouring in money and volunteers, this recall contest could prove to be one of the hottest political shows this summer. The Washington Post reported Thursday that unnamed liberal groups say they have raised $2 million already. Since the best defense is a good offense, Republicans might consider not only matching that but expanding the recall to include Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. In 1997, Wisconsin’s secretary of state approved a pro-life recall petition against Sen. Russ Feingold and Mr. Kohl. Although the effort fell short, it set the precedent that Wisconsin’s recall law covers U.S. senators.
Working on the GOP side are volunteers like Marilyn Kruchell, a great-grandmother from Milwaukee who became an activist 10 years ago when she became disgusted with the Milwaukee Democratic machine’s cronyism. She’s been a Scott Walker fan ever since, and when Mrs. Kruchell lost Arthur, her husband of 51 years, last November, Mr. Walker quietly slipped into a pre-funeral event to pay his respects.
A Tea Party member, Mrs. Kruchell, 73, is doing whatever she can to support Mr. Walker. The union mobs disgust her but don’t faze her. She planned this weekend to go to an inner city Milwaukee restaurant with a friend and put a sign on a table saying: “Republicans who want to talk.” A white woman with black friends, she thinks the Democrats have taken black people for granted too long.
As for the increasingly violent clash with public-employee unions, she sees Wisconsin as a bellwether: “If we don’t win this, America is going to be done soon.”
Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.