The former semi-regular on this blog known as Mike inked a wager with me on the Wisconsin recall some months ago. It was for a drink. He bet on Gov. Scott Walker’s survival and I bet on whoever got the nod to oppose Walker. That turned out to be Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Recent polls have shown Walker with a small though consistent lead. So earlier this week when Mike and I were making email arrangements for the payoff, I had assumed I would lose. Mike wrote me that he was less than confident of winning, though. He’s been there recently and discerned a lot more anti-Walker passion than pro-Walker passion.
Now this weekend, the Big Dog has gotten into the act. That’s right — Bill Clinton. A guy who still stirs passions.
He’s barnstorming Wisconsin, trying to raise Barrett’s turnout, and slamming Scott Walker for turning one of America’s most politically harmonious states into a partisan battleground where people hate each other.
More on that from Talking Points Memo.
The question of the evening is, can Bill Clinton save Tom Barrett’s bacon? Can he stir enough Democrats so that Walker will get what he deserves — kicked out of office?
I sure am hoping so, given that the pro-Walker side is outspending Barrett 25-1. But either way, it’ll be a pleasure to meet Mike for that drink.