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  •  Do you think Erpenbach is likely to lose? He is in (7+ / 0-)

    Middleton and where else? I thought he was pretty popular.

    Thanks for contributing. I will contribute also.

    •  I don't think he'd lose a recall. (10+ / 0-)

      His district was gerrymandered by the WI Republicans but even with that, I think he's got enough of Madison and Dane County that he should be safe.  On the other hand, the Madison suburbs have become quite conservative, so I'm not as confident as I once might have been that he'd win.  I'll be watching Erpenbach's website (link) and my e-mail as well to see if he has any further updates.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

      by 3goldens on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 03:06:12 PM PDT

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      •  The lessons have been learned (14+ / 0-)

        during the previous recall drives.

        Even though recalling an incumbent is thought to be difficult to pull off, this is no excuse to be complacent.

        There's no doubt that the gerrymandering was an attack on Democrats. OTOH, Erpenbach has gained in name recognition and respect, even on a national level. The right wing attacks have strengthened the resolve of more and more people.

        This also indicates that information and GOTV efforts need to continue to focus on the Madison 'burbs.

        The high schools and the grade school parents are potential Democratic voters, too. When this years' classes started, I would bet that many of those who weren't paying attention earlier were awakened to the reality of the loss of many school programs that were important to them. High school seniors and University students can vote, too. Their parents might even listen to them this year.

        The propaganda and the TV machine ad funding will be way over the top, no doubt.

        People should be told that their votes aren't for sale.

        "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 03:26:29 PM PDT

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        •  Excellent points. (5+ / 0-)

          So much has happened in this state politically in just the past 10 months that I think we're going to see some very different attitudes and behaviors in the elections coming in this state in 2012.  And, except for the obscene money that will flow in here thanks to Citizens United, I think a lot of good changes will happen.  I sure as heck hope so anyway.

          We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

          by 3goldens on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 05:22:34 PM PDT

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    •  Erpenback is popular (5+ / 0-)

      But the GOP strategy isn't about winning - it's about forcing someone to spend the few funds they have to defend their seat in a recall election so they won't have funds available for the next "real" election.  The Rethugs have major donors and generously, unlimitedly, and anonymously funded "Citizens United" groups to run never ending attack ads.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 03:06:25 PM PDT

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    •  Recalling Erpebach = Evil genius (8+ / 0-)

      Erpenbach is a possible candidate against Walker in the gubernatorial recall.

      The GOP would never win a recall election against him. But by forcing him into a recall election they could take him out of the running against Walker - he'd be in the position of simultaneously running against Walker in a recall while at the same time defending his own seat.

      Rat bastards.

      Mere passive citizenship is not enough. Men must be aggressive for what is right if government is to be saved from men who are aggressive for what is wrong. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 05:12:21 PM PDT

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