June 17, 2012
FIGHTING BOB FEST
When I ask a progressive friend, "How are you?" I get a half-smile and a shrug. No one is fine with the results of the recall and few will venture an explanation of how the fantastic uprising turned into such a debacle.
Was it Barrett's fault? Hardly, although some suggest that by putting on "hold" his decision to seek the top job in the state until he was assured of a victory as mayor just in case he didn't win the gubernatorial race had the appearance of not being "all in."
But Tom did his best and ran a good campaign.
Was it Kathleen Falk's fault? Did big labor step on too many toes by traveling east to Milwaukee to tell Barett he should not run. Why? Because leaders of WEAC and AFSCME had already chosen Falk. (Who asked?)
How about the Democratic Party? Two disasters. First they lost Feingold's seat, Obey's seat, both houses of the Legislature and the governor's office. Then the showing in the recall elections was not pretty.
Ah, how about the real culprit: big money. Bingo! Tens of millions of dollars thrown into the recalls paid off. I can hardly wait for next year! What is the Party doing to counter Citizen's United? Not much other than to ask rank-and-file Democrats to give and give and give some more.
Fighting Bob Fest number 11 will provide the forum. September 15 at the Dane County Coliseum. We will have great speakers as always, but we are determined to search for answers to our sick democracy. To do that we have decided to spend more time listening to you. More time will be devoted to breakout sessions. We need a plan and you will help lead the way.
So, come prepared to think, ask questions and suggest answers. We will have more time devoted to breakout sessions, and that will give you an opportunity to share your thoughts.
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The recall result was inevitable lest we forget that Democrats are old pros at knowing how to snatch defeat from victory.
Remember Will Rogers' maxim that he belonged to no organized party, he was a Democrat.
Is it too early for Guinness for breakfast?
-Mad Hemingway | Cottage Grove Wi | June 17, 2012
The perfect Bob Fest would be one where we tell the speakers to be quiet and then march on to the square with another 100,000 demonstrators behind us.
We need actions, Ed, not words. We need to physically occupy both chambers. We need to physically occupy the east wing. We need to physically take back our state and our government.
We know what's wrong. We know the system is broken and needs a good fix. We need to get out and do something about the mess. Talk is cheap and, if all we do is talk about the problems, heck, we could be more productive crying in our beers.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis | June 17, 2012
Remember the cartoons where the bully puts his hand on the forehead of they guy trying to hit him? All the little guy can do is hit air.
On a good day, this is how I feel with the Republican's in control. Please don't ask how I feel on a bad one.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | June 18, 2012