The Duelling Recalls of Wisconsin

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March 3 2011 8:22 AM

The Duelling Recalls of Wisconsin

Conservatives have been in the field, in a limited fashion, for a week; Wisconsin Democrats rush in to the recall game and raise the stakes significantly.

Make no mistake, these Republican Senators are vulnerable to recall for their radical partisan overreach. Senator Randy Hopper won his last election by just 184 votes. And Alberta Darling won her last race by only 1,007. By recalling just three of the eight Senators we are targeting, we can regain control of the Senate.

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If two Republican senators are recalled, Democrats might be able to do business with Sen. Dale Schultz, who has repeatedly hinted that he could oppose the budget repair bill as written before being lassoed back into the Republican fold by leadership.

The Wisconsin GOP is not yet answering the Democrats in kind, even though the absent Democrats can (with one exception) be recalled, and none of them, obviously, can campaign in the state.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.