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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #68)

Sat Jun 4, 2016, 07:36 AM

103. With 20-20 hindsight, it's easy to see that state party Chair Mike Tate, either intentionally ...

 

... or just through incompetence, undermined the entire anti-Walker movement.

First he pushed corpo-Dem Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker in 2010, as the candidate of choice in the recall election.

Then he pushed the primary for the recall back, allowing Walker's team to saturate the airwaves with ads before our side even had a candidate. Many of those ads did feature people saying the governor should not be recalled when no crime had been committed. The state party never pushed back with the fact that Wisconsin, unlike Ohio, could not have a referendum to nix a bill. Our state constitution gave us only the recall of elected officials to effect such changes.

Then he pushed for the recall election to happen in June, 2012 instead of waiting until November when we could have tagged onto the Presidential election and traditionally larger turnout.

After Walker won the recall, Tate abandoned the 30,000+ recall Walker volunteers, who instead of becoming the engine that drove progressive politics in Wisconsin for a generation, became disenchanted. They received not even a single email from the state party thanking them for their efforts in collecting over a million signatures, not a single message stating the party would continue the fight. What they got instead, was another corpo-Dem (Mary Burke) pushed on them to lose to Walker yet again.

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