Several wise men have been on television around Milwaukee recently and all have said essentially the same thing.
"This election will be decided by the undecided."
That statement is usually made in semi-ponderous tones with a serious nod of the head and a conviction that looks good on television.
There's only one thing wrong with the statement. I don't think all those pundits have any idea what they are talking about.
How in the world can anybody be undecided in this race?
It was Feb. 15 of last year when Walker introduced the bill known as Act 10. That set off a firestorm of protest that captured national attention and will result in the election next Tuesday when some voters try to recall Walker.
In those 16 months is has been virtually impossible to hide from the onslaught of opinion about this piece of legislation. Wisconsin has almost 4.5 million eligible voters and just short of 3.5 million registered voters. People who should know expect that 60 percent or more of those voters will be counted next week. That would shatter all previous records.
If you are a person who is going to vote next week, how in the world could you possibly be undecided?
In order to have not made up your mind, you would need to be one of several things:
- somebody who never watches television, never listens to the radio, never takes any fliers off your front screen door handle or never even looks at junk mail.
- somebody who thinks Scott Walker may have second thoughts and decide to restore collective bargaining rights for public workers, introduce stringent environmental regulations, increase or restore funding for public education, won't be indicted by a grand jury or stop using the word "Forward."
- somebody who thinks Tom Barrett believes in limited government, would promise to never raise taxes, wouldn't punish public employee unions for not backing him in the primary, would pledge never to get into a fistfight again or stop calling Scott Walker a criminal.
See what I mean?
There is nobody who doesn't know what these two guys stand for and believe.
They are both clear as the windshield on a brand new car. There is no subterfuge. No doubt.
If we accept the notion that there really are almost no voters who are undecided, then how do we go about predicting a winner?
Most experts agree that nice weather and a giant turnout favors Democrats and bad weather and a low turnout favors Republicans.
So, if you want to know who's going to win, watch the weather forecast Monday night.
With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.
He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.
This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as OnMilwaukee.com keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.
Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.