But Mr. Romney is within striking distance of Mr. Obama in Wisconsin, according to several public and private polls and interviews with strategists in both parties, and he intends to start building a campaign operation off the robust get-out-the-vote machinery assembled for Mr. Walker. The decision by the Romney campaign to try to contest Wisconsin is the first sign that Republicans are eager to expand their targets of opportunity and compete on terrain that not long ago seemed squarely on Mr. Obama’s side. – Recall Battle in Wisconsin May Snarl Obama Camp
UPSET HOPES are in the wind for Tom Barrett, with polling reports saying Wisconsin is hard to predict, but two of three polls show Walker still polling ahead of Tom Barrett. Intrade has Walker at 93% probability to prevail. As for labor, Barrett wasn’t even their choice, so it’s been rough for them the whole way through.
On the eve of the June 5 recall election, the issue of collective bargaining has become just a footnote in the hard-fought battle for Wisconsin. Democrats gloss over the issue in campaign speeches, political advertisements and debates in favor of zeroing in on Walker’s tactics. Democrats and labor groups run separate field operations. And the party’s nominee, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, wears the fact that he wasn’t labor’s top choice for the ticket as a badge of honor.
“Let’s face it — I wasn’t the candidate for the public unions,” Barrett announced proudly last week during his second televised debate against Walker. “I wasn’t their candidate in the primary.”
Pres. Obama tweeted for Barrett late Monday. Not unleashing DNC dollars was political malpractice. That the Obamans didn’t think they could spin the Wisconsin recall results their way no matter the outcome is just another clue that the team of ’08 is having a tougher time finding their footing this time out.
It brings us back to the only thing left to discuss, which is labor, who desperately depends on the Democratic Party teat, but only for one reason and it’s the same affliction progressives and Democrats have with Pres. Obama. Like the activists who are siding with the elites on behalf of Obama, while complaining about his lack of leadership, they won’t do anything to challenge it directly. Labor and the unions won’t utilize the one tactic that once gave them their power.
“In fact, the only chance that anyone in Wisconsin had was to strike, but the labor leaders and Democrats convinced them to elect Democrats.” – Matt Stoller
That quote from Stoller came in an email conversation, permission to print given. I post it because one question has been running in a loop in my head whenever I ponder the Walker recall and the accompanying drama. I’ve been in performance unions going back into my teens. The one thing I learned then was if you want management to deal you strike.
Why didn’t labor strike?
Now they’re working to elect Tom Barrett at the same time he’s bragging he’s not labor’s man.
Labor’s position isn’t getting stronger, which isn’t good for the middle class.
Everything comes down to Democrats and labor getting out a massive vote. Who knows, maybe the Intrade number will light a fire.