April 10, 2012
What is going on?
There isn't much time before the recall election is upon us. I am starting to hear people say they are tired of the fight, or "burned out," and that scares me and should scare you. This is the moment. If Walker wins the election, progressives will be in "a world of hurt" for decades. Walker can't win. Right?
Well, how many candidates have been out-spent 4, 5, 6 or 12 to 1 and emerged victorious? I don't know the answer but I know the odds. In my experience, the candidate who can overwhelm his opponent with money usually wins. So, if this were a normal election, you would predict a victory for the candidate who out-spends his/her opponent. In this case that is Walker.
Aha! This is not a normal election! More than 900,000 voters signed petitions calling for the governor's ouster. So, the Democrat who will face Walker in June starts with almost a million votes--not bad for openers!
But there is another problem. The Democrat who wins the primary will need a unified effort to take on the Koch-financed Walker. AFSCME sent a DVD to members attacking Tom Barrett, the likable mayor of Milwaukee. Like him or not, yesterday AFSCME said the video was "over the top." But Marty Biel says, in essence, while it may be a little harsh it is basically true. People I talk with were shocked. They ask, Is labor trying to blow this election? The focus must be on Walker's awful record not on differences among Democrats!
Keep attacking fellow Democrats and Walker will win. What is needed is a positive plan for the future. Put down the Tin Cup and figure out why voters will support the candidate with less money.
The clock is ticking.
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You're surprised that liberals are getting bored and tired of this election stuff? Where have you been? The reason there is no progressive agenda in force is because of the erstwhile progressives. The comfortably concerned that run things and write the dictacts, policy papers, run the Dummycrap Party etc. are essentially a bunch of crap outs. They have no bottom, no sand. When they get bored they get cranky and then they cut each others throats instead of winning.
Someday someone is going to do a psychological study on these guys but I still maintain they like to bitch, but are afraid to win and take responsibility.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI | April 10, 2012
Not related but Walker wants to sign a bill requiring police departments to take saliva samples for every little thing including traffic stops.
So far police depts have opposed it as an unfunded mandate, citing the costs involved.
But as a way to build up the database, what does Walker get out of this bill?
-Reginald | Fitchburg, Wisc. | April 10, 2012
How I came upon this blog I don't know, although I do know it's author. Probably recollecting on the web about earlier days when the two parties actually got along. Republican AG Bob Warren got major consumer legislation passed. Also, Kathleen Falk was once the public intervenor and the main person I always went to for political, tactical, legal advice. I sincerely hope she wins the primary and the general election. I also hope the Dems get their act together on this important election. It's good to see Garvey still at it.
-Bruce Craig | New York, NY | April 10, 2012
It is discouraging to see that ASCFME crap already since it was that over the top stuff that help get Walker elected. Remember - they could have settled all the contract matters with Jim Doyle but chose not to.
It is very encouraging to see reasonable Dems and Progressives pound sand up ASCFME leaderships power grab - made me feel a lot better anyway.
These people have no clue about how they appear to the voters.
-nonheroicvet | Disgusted, WI | April 10, 2012