Now that Gov. Scott Walker has said he won't challenge the estimated 1 million signatures filed against him, let's move to a recall election as soon as possible.
The threat of an unprecedented recall attempt against Wisconsin's governor has loomed long enough. It has complicated the state's already mangled politics and made it difficult to get even small things done at the state Capitol.
Let's get this thing over with, accept the result and move on.
We aren't fans of the recall process — regardless of the target. Voters elected Walker 16 months ago to a four-year term, not a trial run.
Yet recall organizers appear to have more than enough signatures to force a second vote for governor this spring or summer. That's the case even if the Government Accountability Board invalidates a slew of the signatures, because the number needed is 540,208.
The GAB has until March 19 to vet the signatures, though it may ask a judge for more time. The GAB also needs the Legislature to release money to pay for its elaborate review process.
Legal challenges and additional attempts to recall several state senators could delay the process further.
But we hope not.
Voters should decide the question soon. Then recall mania should stop.
Wisconsin badly needs to get past this bruising battle over the power and rights of public sector labor unions. It was Walker's strict limits on collective bargaining for these unions that prompted massive protests at the Capitol last year.
Walker has been saying for months he expects the recall election to occur. His campaign's partial review of the signatures suggests most are valid.
So for the good of Wisconsin, let's move forward. No more tedious challenges or unnecessary delay.