Wednesday, May 9, 2012
That was the headline. Is anyone else wondering how this will play out when the number of people who voted for Scott Walker who ran against a Lafollette/ Teddy Roosevelt Republican got almost as many votes as all of the Democrats combined? Assuming most of the Republicans stayed home because they knew Walker would easily win, where were the Democrats? Some Republicans might of voted because of fear that the Democrats would have crossed over. This is baseless, the Democrats needed to select a strong candidate. There was simply no reason to vote in the Republican primary if you were a Democrat. In normal times I would have voted for a Republican who quotes Fighting Bob and Roosevelt but these aren't normal times. So in the end Barrett wins convincingly. This is like saying there was a mistake we need a do over. This is a candidate who the last time ran a bad campaign. He didn't lose to Walker because of the wave election he lost because he was a bad campaigner. He did a poor job articulating what he wanted to do. He did a poor job exposing Scott Walkers record to the rest of the State. I always hear from people that the Gov. didn't campaign on this stuff. The truth is that he at one time or another mentioned everything that was contained in Act 10 and for the most part it was reported. You just had to pay attention. Plus there was his record of dealing with his employees in Milwaukee County. His record was known. Maybe the Barrett supporters feel that he can run a lackluster campaign and get away with it because everyone now knows about the Governor. Barrett's challenge this time will be fighting off distortions and half truths about his record as Mayor of Milwaukee. These are charges that can't be defended in a 30 second commercial but they play well to the public and they will be heard in saturation on radio and TV. He has his work cut out and based on the number of voters who went to the polls yesterday he'll need to inspire people to come out and vote because for sure the Governor's supporters will vote.