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laceblade ([personal profile] laceblade) wrote2012-06-04 08:37 am

Election Eve

The gubernatorial recall election is tomorrow.
Most people I know are liberal, and most people are very much in an "I don't want to talk about it!" state, with the knowledge that Walker will probably win & not wanting to think about it.
If Walker loses, I will be surprised and elated. Public Policy Polling just released its latest poll last evening, putting Walker at 50 and Barrett at 47.

I received a really creepy mailer this weekend, as did a number of other people who live in my neighborhood. The mailer proclaimed, Who votes is public record! This is true! But then the mailer had my name and the names of various neighbors who all live in my apartment building, plus whether or not they voted in 2008 and in 2010. On June 5, 2012, it said, "???"
The mailer said something like, "We will know if you vote or not, and we need everyone to vote!"
I find this really creepy, and vaguely threatening! Like, it is none of my business whether or not my neighbors voted. I wish everyone would vote, but people make choices and it is none of my business.
The mailer was put about by some union.

For the most part, Republicans don't bother with Madison residents, except for TV ads (because the Madison media market covers a lot of rural areas in S/SW Wisconsin). The only thing I got from them was a weird mass text message about how Barrett is a puppet of the unions (apparently they missed the primary, in which all of the unions endorse Kathleen Falk....)

This election definitely has people talking about politics more than they ever have, even in this city. It comes in the bookstore pretty regularly, people talk about stuff at work. I still really <3 the conversations overheard on the bus during the union protests at the Capitol. Instead of commuting together in silence like every other morning, everyone was talking to one another. It was awesome.

My boyfriend and some of his work friends are going to a bar tomorrow night, mostly to drink, also to watch election returns. I'm not sure if I want to go.

I've watched election returns at home with my boyfriend and with friends, just sitting around, in the past. It's really appealing to me to read my entire Twitter feed and the entire Internet as it happens. I'm not sure if I'm up for making a social event out of it.

Am still actually concerned for people like my cousin, who were politicized by the union protests. I'm confident that the activism of a lot of the newly!politicized will not end with this election, but it's going to be really heartbreaking, for sure.
My solace is that the Democrats will take back the Senate and that heinous bullshit will stop passing.
I am unafraid of things like a "right to work" law because even if the Democrats don't take the will never pass the Senate.

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