“DIVIDING LINES | SPECIAL REPORT” by Journal Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert highlights the festering sore consuming Wisconsin; the politics of hate.
And the Burke campaign won't make this a campaign issue?
The glee Scott Walker gets seeing the state retch from the growing political tension is unnerving:
"I don't think having a division amongst the electorate is a bad thing,"
Gilbert’s report offers a few insights:
"Elections are ultimately about reminding people why they like their side and why they hate the other side." says Ken Goldstein, political scientist with the University of San Francisco. Goldstein says Wisconsin features a "perfect brew" for the polarized and party-line voting patterns … it has been subject to the kind of sustained, saturation-level advertising and organizing found only in perennial battleground states.
"People are stable in their (support) of their own party, but increasingly dislike the other party. That's the divide," says Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz.
"A very large percentage of people in Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties have roots in Milwaukee County and particularly in the city," says John Gurda, who writes about the history of Milwaukee. "What fascinates me is that a lot of them come from blue-collar households that voted Democratic."
Burke acknowledged the problem, but that's it; "I would not have gotten into it if I didn't think people want to see a candidate who wasn't so divisive:"
As the lightning-rod governor of a divided state, Walker personifies the costs and benefits of competing for office in polarized times.
The negatives for the governor? His … more polarizing approach to governing has made him a hero to conservatives, given him a national fundraising network and made him a credible 2016 presidential candidate. The governor makes no apologies for the fact that "there's like two people in this state that don't have a strong opinion of me."
This sick twisted bastard likes it:
"I don't think having a division amongst the electorate is a bad thing," Walker says. "I think having a healthy debate about which ideas work is good."
This is what Walker thinks is healthy for the state?