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  •  In the short-term that doesn't (6+ / 0-)

    matter - if you break some of them - if they feel vulnerable and back down on the vote - you've won this round.

    I actually don't think that the ability to recall is a good thing at all, because the system can be gamed exactly as I have described above, but it is part of the political machine in WI, so, you may as well use it and use it to its greatest effect.

    •  As a Californian, (13+ / 0-)

      I can tell ya - just having a serious recall campaign going on can depress a campaign staff.  If this thing can get rolling and get good press coverage, it will make it really hard to get any repub traction.  ALL of their attention will be on just holding on, though with the GOP that means attacking.  Make them afraid - it will benefit us in the long term.

      My life is an open book, and I want a rewrite!

      by trumpeter on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 10:03:20 AM PST

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      •  The key is the vote threshold (0+ / 0-)

        It looks like 25% of the voters need to sign the recall petition in Wisconsin in order for a recall vote to happen.

        In California, I believe it is 15% in order for the recall to go through. Since CA is about as blue as a state can get, we ought to raise the threshold to prevent Republican games.

        "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."- Arthur Carlson

        by bobinson on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 10:23:33 AM PST

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        •  Remember that it's 25% of those who _voted_ (3+ / 0-)
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          Someone noted above that only 50% of the voters voted in the last election in Wisconsin.  So that's more like 13%.  Still a big effort, but not quite as intimidating.

          I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

          by tle on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 10:38:52 AM PST

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