Isn't it odd that the recall voting percentages were identical to the 2010 results? It's like nothing happened in-between.
Why? My conservative friend in Milwaukee has been telling me the following over and over for the last year and a half; the recall was a direct challenge to the Republican win in 2010, and they weren't going to let anyone take away their vote; he felt backed into a corner; the recall was a waste of money; and more importantly, the recall wasn't warranted.
Many also thought this was a one issue campaign. For them the recall was over the top, because on the surface they saw a balanced budget, a strategic tax freeze on localities that gave the appearance of budgetary magic, and no visible signs of disaster. Wisconsinites are willing to give up even more, despite having given up so much during the Great Recession.
In His Eyes: What I see in Walker's eyes is a sociopath, what most others see is a trusting governor moving "forward." After all, he served two terms as Milwaukee County Executive in a Democratic stronghold. Like W.'s re-election in 2004, we're on a collision course with conservative economics.
Plan of Action: Democrats can't continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Democrats need to forcefully push their agenda, like the Republicans, and never back down. It would help to develop repeatable agenda points, focus group tested, to create a gut reaction that motivates without thinking.
At the end of Walker's term Democrats should be ready and focused on reversing everything he's done over the last four years. Bitter revenge? Not at all, we just know from past conservative economic black holes that they don't know how to run government, which is why they want to turn the U.S. over to the private sector. They're lazy and love to freeload as government lawmakers with nothing to do.
Remember Rep. Terry Moulton's deadly silence when asked to name just one job creating law passed by the legislature? Beside the fact that no bills were like that were passed, Moulton revealed the Republicans little secret; they actually don't write any of their stuff. A bill appears and it's voted on. No one could take credit for the mining bill because no one knew where it came from, or they weren't telling. They import their bills from other sources. That's why Moulton is a taxpayer supported freeloader, who won his recall election by voters appreciated his hard work?
Lead, not Compromise: We have to replace Blue Dogs, take the party back, and fight like hell every day, not just around elections. Democrats need to campaign 24/7, all year. Leading may be a little authoritarian, but it's always good to aim high when dealing with Democrats. We can no longer afford to have pathetic, generic, un-commited wishy washy statements like Rep. Peter Barca's:
“There is a lot of work to do in healing our divided state. I hope Gov. Walker understands and stays true to his pledge to build consensus and be more inclusive going forward. And I will continue to extend my hand to work on the issues the people of Wisconsin care about – creating good-paying jobs, closing the skills gap and ensuring a quality education for our students.
Miller almost redefines the meaning of wimp. Scott Walker redefined "forward"...for him, wiping out 80 years of progress is forward movement.
Well, this is just a first draft for me. It's back to finding more shocking indicators we may be further down the path to fascism than anyone might have imagined.