If you live in Wisconsin, you not only need to vote — you need to make sure others do as well. Here's Russ Feingold with a prediction and a reminder (my emphasis and some reparagraphing):
Former Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold is confident Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) is going to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday.Barrett lost to Walker in 2010, but narrowly.
"Let me say this: I believe, that in a stunning upset, Barrett is going to win this thing. I think Barrett's going to win," said Feingold in an interview with The Huffington Post at a Starbucks in downtown Milwaukee on Thursday.
Feingold said he wasn't deterred by the recent Marquette University poll showing Walker with a seven-percentage point lead, noting that other internal polls had the race significantly closer. ... Feingold said it's important for Democrats to make sure that turnout is higher than in 2010, predicting it will help Barrett.There's pretty compelling logic in the article, but as Captain Picard might say, progressives and Democrats have to "make it so."
"He didn't win by an overwhelming margin in 2010, and we know that by all estimates, it's going to be a higher turnout than 2010. It won't be as great as 2008," he said. "But we also know that those people that will be voting are going to be tilted heavily to Barrett. You know, the other side maxed out with their people in 2010. They had extremely good turnout."
Vote. Get out the vote. Talk up the vote. Take the day off work, pack your car with voters and take them to the polls.
If Walker wins, you know what's coming, right? The Citizens United Money crowd — already on steroids in the current cycle — will put their steroids on steroids.
They will assume, perhaps correctly, that the last corner in the destruction of American democracy has been turned. No more hairpin corners — just full speed ahead, straight to the finish.
This is a decision point, Wisconsin, and both sides know it. Over to you.
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