Call it a test plan.
That’s why the DNC is involved. Via Ben Smith:
The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.
OfA, as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marraige, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan. And while Obama may have his difference with teachers unions, OfA’s engagement with the fight — and Obama’s own clear stance against Walker — mean that he’s remaining loyal to key Democratic Party allies at what is, for them, a very dangerous moment.
“They’re not coming back,” says WisPolitics.com, talking about Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin, who refuse to allow Republicans to force a vote toa strip public employees of their bargaining rights, via Greg Sargent.
Law enforcement officers are searching for Democratic senators boycotting a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair plan Thursday in an attempt to bring the lawmakers to the floor to allow Republicans to act on the bill.
As Republicans denounced the move, one Democratic senator said that he believed most of the members of his caucus are in another state. However, an aide said that at least one, Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), was still in his Capitol office listening to constituents.
In a telephone interview, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) declined to give his location but acknowledged that at least one other Democrat was with him.
“I can tell you this – we’re not all in one place,” Miller said. “This is a watershed moment unlike any that we have experienced in our political lifetimes. The people have shown that the government has gone too farâ€‚.â€‚.â€‚.â€‚ We are prepared to do what is necessary to make sure that this bill gets the consideration it needs.”
Republicans have always had one main goal going back to Reagan: dismantle union power, which would gut the Democratic base. It’s a critical component of their election strategy and always has been.
Pres. Obama knows Wisconsin is critical in ’12 and he’s making sure his people are working it.
Photo above via “Fight for our state workers,” OfA.