The mother of all recall battles is set to launch on November 15, when the 60 day clock starts for Wisconsin Democrats to obtain over 540,206 signatures on recall petitions against Governor Scott Walker.

If suffiicient signatures are obtained (and I assume they will), the recall election likely will be May 2012.

This is the fight they have been looking for, but it really is the fight we should have been looking for.  The recall effort will be a referendum on whether there is any hope of taking back government from public sector employee unions, and whether a swing state is more interested in growing the economy or growing unions.

It’s a battle which is very winnable for Walker.  Wisconsin is doing better than the rest of the nation, there is recall fatigue, and most important, there will be a challenger who will have to make the case why s/he should be Governor.

Take nothing for granted (notwithstanding my prior prediction).  Go all in on this one.  If Democrats and unions lose, it will be a devasting blow coming in the middle of a presidential election year.

And if Walker wins it easily, expect his name to be on the short list for VP nominee.