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That was this scene inside the Wisconsin State Capitol back in February of 2011.
As protesters descended on the state house.
To demand that the lawmakers not pass.
Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker's so called budget repair bill.
That drastically curb the power of public employee unions in this state where they had been among the most powerful in the nation.
This power play welcome back to Madison and it is awesome to be here and it's awesome that you come join us and Steve days.
Who is are sure about here -- from the weekly standard is with us still.
But I want to introduce you guys to somebody that.
I've been reading in the past several weeks as we get ready and I'm really glad that he'd make time for us -- -- JR Ross he's the news editor -- -- New editor.
Just editor please.
At -- politics dot com.
And it's a great site and it's been super helpful and you now you have all these members of the national media that are reading your stuff every day so congratulations -- -- Yes and -- and a lot more important people to -- so.
Let's just put into perspective Steve and I were talking.
Wisconsin is in a state of -- the changes on there was.
Great piece in the journal sentinel.
Yesterday which by the way I want to point out cost three dollars and fifty cents on Sunday to -- journal sentinel in the grocery store across three dollars and fifty cents on Sunday holy -- But there is a great -- talked about changing voter attitudes in the state.
Number of moderates.
Declining and number of liberals number of conservatives.
Give us your forecast on Wisconsin.
Going forward is tomorrow.
What you -- it's okay you're you're our guests -- you tell us.
Tomorrow it defender against you like it looks like -- ten right when he -- somewhere in the middle because all these bowls you've seen so far all based on a model.
-- -- those past elections right we don't have elections in June with Scott we're not used to this so.
The more voters turn out tomorrow governors from Tom -- them but most -- 20088.
That's what he wants.
They're looking for right now like 820000 voters get -- -- in 2010 showed up and when -- away.
They get most those guys out.
That's a big deal for Tom there way back that -- up for a second.
Voters now so this is a state where.
You'd expect to have an election and something like two million voters right in the 2010.
Two point 15000002.
Point 15 he's got to school -- -- dramatic -- it's okay two point 15.
So this so 800 how many thousand everybody -- twenty or 40000 that we -- does -- we have almost three million votes cast between.
A McCain well Hamas third party candidates and independence we have a pretty.
That's roughly about 67% turnout in Wisconsin away and I wanna I wanna put this into some perspective -- -- -- -- it is a very politically -- stated as -- of the -- the birthplace of the Republican Party.
-- rip on its.
-- tremendously cynically active state.
But the numbers that they're projecting for tomorrow.
We're looking at it as share points out if were over 60% vote to put it in perspective the recall election in California Steve says.
Thirty -- percent turnout 67%.
Talk about turnout.
Well it's interesting I -- I I think Jaret -- if you go around and just anecdotally talking to people in bars and restaurants where heavy.
Not that -- -- is gonna fix this remote teeth fixed them critique coming through -- of the some of the best reporting do you.
It everybody's going to I mean you don't talk to people who -- and I -- people wouldn't necessarily acknowledge that they're not gonna go vote but.
They hear stories about these get out the vote operations that both Democrats and Republicans have put together Republicans.
Are saying that with the help of the national Republican Governors Association they've got an unprecedented turnout operation.
The ground game they're trying to match.
Labor which is a traditional strength of the Democratic Party.
In their ground game I was at that rally last night certainly some enthusiasm from the people there were.
Continue to go out and get people continue to get people out people been cast ballots already -- -- 185000.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I took care join us in this conversation this more as slightly more esoteric conversation that we were having and -- being practical and that's good but when we look at the big picture on Wisconsin.
The point is you know this is a state that was very evenly divided.
Democratic lean but evenly divided things seem to be in the state -- -- what looking to November and beyond is the trajectory for the state.
I hit two trees if I talked to people.
Operas -- talk to one is that.
Progressives and -- mastering as the bell three times now.
There is springs before election last year the camera friend them on -- -- bargaining together the recall elections last summer and out election tomorrow Scott Walker if walker prevails.
-- argue that -- be kind of like.
Disappeared and you know group of people or depressing like what we tried every time.
They asked him out again in November and do this again for Barack Obama this is this is something that Republicans in states like New York are very familiar -- Once you've lost in enough successive contest.
People stay home there is that there there is a dispiriting effect what's the other side the flip side is the universe voters you see tomorrow is going to be different from November inaccuracies many college kids up voting right Baylor campus -- -- numbers has got the system got out.
Before labor morally essentially so they try to get those guys through absentee ballots but it was probably not as easy as going down there.
Election Day say hey can I cafeteria boats -- you're minorities turn out to assist in Milwaukee and -- on election days are not presidential elections -- -- which explains the rally that Steve attended yesterday as an effort to get those folks -- go out about.
Absolutely and even if the are dispirited because what happens -- summer.
-- ball -- sort of US senate this fall.
Who she would be the first openly gay woman in the US senate that's a movement candidate that right people very much aggressive.
Baseball like and they'll turn out -- most -- plus Barack Obama did an excellent job -- at Wisconsin always so.
There -- -- -- different -- about it will not help.
Barack Obama if what walker wins tomorrow but the real test repeat what argue is.
Come September does Mitt -- -- two million bucks to get on the air Wisconsin he does that hasn't played doesn't forget about.
He well he well I I I promise -- well and crossroads GPS and all of the outside groups and the Democrats.
And the good news Ford JR is this.
Business is going to be very good from here to November and it would I want -- -- -- -- now.
Do you -- are you hearing much about Democrats now.
I've been disappointed that the president didn't come today on Friday as he was in Minnesota and then in Illinois and it had to -- -- actually in the you know.
I mean it would have been easy for -- come in but it's.
You know it it becomes then and walker wins and it becomes old -- Obama you know when Wisconsin or Tom Barrett he's you know.
In bad shape come November -- there was no.
Upside for him because the polls for the bears down there so it becomes across -- -- -- -- -- came -- -- you know if you were here.
And April and may and then June then -- then that would have been a big deal but I don't see any.
For people talk to you don't see a whole lot outside the president being here.
But yet it would have helped ignite the base.
Get them fired up -- -- -- Saturday I know nobody likes to be Coakley that's a very accurate no one likes to be Coakley.
Dare we really appreciate it we hope you have a great recall night tomorrow the woman at the rail car -- told Doug were back the producer for special report.
Have a fun to recall so you know people are in the political -- out there we thank you so much for making time for -- time.
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