"We have a governor who has 27 million more dollars than his opponent and he's sitting here on the ropes tonight." MSNBC's Ed Schultz joins Hardball to talk about the Wisconsin recall election and its implications on the state's labor unions, citizens, and on what it could mean for America as a whole.
Sixteen months after Gov. Scott Walker launched a war on the working/middle class, voters in Wisconsin are deciding his fate in a recall election that continues through 8pCT/9pET tonight.
By all accounts, the turnout has been heavy -- including the counties of Dane, Waukeshau and Milwaukee, where officials needed to call in reserve poll workers to handle the volume.
Ed, who has stood with working families in Wisconsin since the beginning, will have extended coverage tonight from the Great Dane pub in Madison (drop by if you're in the area)!
Will today's high voter turnout be enough to defeat the massive amounts of outside cash raised by Walker? Ed will ask Lee Saunders, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, and Kristen Crowell, Executive Director of We Are Wisconsin, about the "get out the vote" effort.
And the recall election is much bigger than the Badger State. Howard Fineman, NBC News Political Analyst and Editorial Director of the Huffington Post Media Group, Joan Walsh, Salon’s Editor at Large, look at what the Walker recall means for the rest of us.
Join the conversation now and/or during the show by commenting on Facebook and/or tweeting (with the #edshow hashtag)...although as with other election nights, we're not able to share your thoughts on the show so that we can bring you the latest results at the bottom of the screen. Oh, and no poll either.
We will resume sharing your comments and tweets (plus, the poll) tomorrow night, of course.
Thanks for your understanding!