Rural Wisconsin loves the recall, too

He used to be popular out there.
He used to be popular out there.


Margaret Krome went out collecting signatures for the campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. She was out in rural Wisconsin, where she didn’t expect a great response. But people just kept signing:

Several people expressed concern about the Walker administration’s efforts to stifle voting and fair democratic practice.

Three hunters turned their truck and trailer around and pulled up to where I stood on the sidewalk. I explained that I was with the Recall Walker campaign. “It’s why we turned around,” the driver said. He had already signed, but his father wanted the chance. First, he checked to see that I had a campaign volunteer badge. “Some people pretending to be with the campaign are destroying petitions,” he said.

While his father signed, I told him about the woman losing $200 a month. He held up four fingers. “For me, it’s four hundred a month.” He’s a prison guard, and the cut in health care and retirement benefits is hitting his paycheck hard.

The blog Letter from Here reports that voters in liberal city of Madison are easy gets from the recall campaign. But if Margaret Krome’s experience in the hinterlands is any kind of guide? “No wonder Republicans have pushed voter suppression measures so hard,” Letter from Here writes. “Scott Walker is definitely in trouble.”

Meanwhile, in Madison, Wisconsin Republicans are pushing a Personhood Amendment that’s a lot like the one Mississippi just voted down.