I think the Wisconsin labor situation will end up helping Democrats, and, as with many important issues, this isn’t easily measured by public opinion polls. In most opinion polls, for example, Americans favor reproductive rights, but the majority of people who make their vote solely on the basis of reproductive rights are opponents of reproductive rights. Immigration plays out the same way; the people who really care about the issue are immigrants and their families, which represent only a small fraction of the population.
I don’t think there’s that many “independent voters” who hate unions so much that they’ll base their vote on which candidate busts unions harder. But I think there are plenty of center and right-center union members who will vote against a candidate who seeks to end collective bargain rights. Not many people outside of Georgetown and Bethesda give a flying fuck what wealthy, union-hating scum like Joe Klein or Richard Cohen thinks about much of anything. In fact, Villager opposition to unions can be used to our advantage as proof that union-busting is an out-of-touch, elitist past-time (which it genuinely is, in fact).
Tomorrow I’m going to try to assemble a list of ways to get involved in this struggle — a struggle we will win, decisively, if not now then within a few years. For now, I’m just giving another link to that Atrios page for the Wisconsin State Senate.
This was a big miscalculation by the right and we’re going to make them pay.
Remember which side you’re on and they’ll never keep us down.
UPDATE. Order pizza for protesters here.