Had the CCW passed a few years ago, we would be used to that and it is likely that we would not be able to exercise our open carry rights as freely as we now are able to. What I am saying is that there would be less support for OC as a means to carry regularly since most people prefer to conceal anyways. With CCW already on the books, there would be no need for most people to push for AG memos or other resolutions to recognize the open carry of firearms.
By delaying the passage of CCW, governor Doyle has helped us secure our right to OC as part of our daily routine! And yes, the Wisconsin Patriots predicted this would happen and it is the backbone behind what they are doing. Once enough people take to the streets lawfully armed and carrying openly, then there will be legislation drafted to allow people to conceal after legislators are badgered about people carrying guns openly. And then we will have BOTH methods available to us...one a right (OC) and one a priveledge (CC), with the CC having reciprocity with other states. Then we will be like Ohio or Michigan with one right and one priveledge, based on how the person chooses to carry. People should have both methods available to them anyways, its person preference.
In my early days as a gun owner, I was a pro-CCW only person. This is partly due to the NRA's influence on my thinking that the ony way to carry was concealing. However I have become more fond of OC as a regular means of carry so that even when travelling to states with licenced OC/CC I choose to carry openly. It is also a statement of expression, showing people and law enforcement that those with guns are not a threat. In the old days, CCW laws were passed to FORCE people to carry onpenly!