When Mary Burke appeared on WKOW's Capitol City Sunday at 9 am, everybody in our local broadcast area hit the snooze button. My god that campaign needs some help. "As I travel around the state"..."...stand behind their words"...and a grocery list of the same old, same old; the need for an educated public, skills needed for our workforce...blah, blah, blah. That's an exciting fresh attention getting message?
|UPDATE: 4/15: Burke noticed business start rating.|
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Mike Tate lacks the creative juices to even hold a brainstorming session like so many marketing firms. Democrats already have the populist agenda sewn up, but just don't know how to frame it in a way that excites voters. And Democrats need to attack the failed Republican agenda fearlessly, confidently.
Start with our Wallets: Walker is getting incredible mileage out of his empty property tax cuts. That screams "target" to me. What's the benefit of a tax cut when communities everywhere are approving referendums that not only wipe out Walker's cuts but spends more overall? Imagine what would happen if the entire state pitched in to support our schools, a funding reformulation like the one State Sup. Tony Evers came up with, freeing up local community budgets for other things.
Hold Walker and Business to their Jobs promise: Businesses were gung ho about Walker's right wing small government, no tax agenda. They even promised job creation. Where are the jobs? And if there's a skills shortage, where's the higher wages? Until we see "supply side" job creation work, we need to hold the line on further cuts.
Regional Business Hubs: A collaborative effort to work with Illinois in the creation of a Midwest regional business hub, tying Chicago to Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee. Walker's petty pilfering of other state businesses not only pours taxpayer cash into corporate welfare, but ignores the benefits of working together for the benefit of both states and job creation.
Oddly, Kelly Westlund's campaign positions against Rep. Sean Duffy are powerful, fresh and devoid of the meaningless cliches mentioned above. She should be getting more media attention just for her fearless fighting style and clearly framed political positions. See her here on Upfront with Mike Gousha.