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  •  Have some perspective. (2+ / 0-)
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    yorkiedoglover, Larsstephens

    People may not like that the DNC isn't spending extra* cash on this race but it is understandable.

    You can look at the DNC's millions of dollars and think that they can spare $500K easy.  It isn't that simple.  $500K is the salary for 30+ Field Organizers for 5 months.  If you estimate 8 FOs per congressional district, that means that you are spending almost the entire budget for Iowa's field operation on  GOTV operations for Tom Barrett.

    Ask yourself, if you were working for the DNC, would you blow an entire state's field budget to pay for a paid canvass in WI 5 months before election day?  Why is it a surprise that the DNC would balk at that idea?

    By all means donate to the DPW.  They are doing great work and they can certainly use the money.  But all this anger at the DNC is naive.

    *There is DNC Presidential staff on the ground helping with the Recall effort so it isn't like they aren't helping at all.

    •  The DNC always looks for (3+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, Mike Kahlow, tikkun

      reasons not to do anything.

      I'm truly sorry Man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union--Robert Burns

      by Eric Blair on Tue May 15, 2012 at 01:50:59 PM PDT

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    •  Come on (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      If Democratic voters can't GOTV after what this guy has done, then they are hopeless.

      It isn't just money. You'd think all of those people who stood in the cold last winter, would understand the importance of this.

      The citizens of Wisconsin need to make phone calls, drive people to the polls, do whatever to get people to vote.

      Republicans will come out and vote all the time. It is the apathy of Democrats that is the problem.

    •  So we could get 200 FO's for 3 weeks (0+ / 0-)

      With the same $.  That'd be nice.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Tue May 15, 2012 at 02:32:44 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry, I have to disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, tikkun

      Obama and the DNC will have plenty of free cash for November.  The issue, I believe, is that the DNC doesn't want to make the corporate backers nervous.  Remember how much flak Howard Dean got for spending all the money organizing in the states before the '08 election.  Too often the DNC comes across as the corporate wing of the Democratic Party as they rely so heavily on the corporate money coming in.  This is why the Dems can't sustain success for long periods of time anymore.

    •  I have to agree. (0+ / 0-)

      Expecting the DNC to fund one states
      governors election, no matter how worthy,
      is a stretch for its supposed and implied charter.

      Not defending their lack of action, but if the grassroots
      or their candidate is being overwhelmed via air waves,
      is it the reasonable thing to publicly defame and decry
      and insult the very folks who might be able to aid you?
      Catching more flies with honey than vinegar and all that.
      Has Barrett made a direct appeal to the GOS community?

      I understand that the national unions are playing more
      locally this cycle, where are the attacks on them for not
      funding this critical campaign? Are they on the ropes?
      Seems to me they have as mush to lose symbolically as
      any other interests. Perhaps they are wary after all of
      the expenses of their Prosser efforts came to nil?

      As a registered independent, I do not donate to the
      DCCC or DNC, so I would not expect national Democratic
      organisations to come to my aid, especially after reading
      some of the comments against them here and elsewhere.

      Does anyone here suppose that they know very well
      who and what have supported them or not in the past?

      Or is all of this outrage due to the polling that suggests
      that the general electorate is more swayed by propaganda
      on television rather than the massive grassroots effort?
      Can Media Matters not aid in this? I know they are involved.

      I understand time is running out, but I suspect that GOTV
      is going to be critical if any sort of victory is to be won.
      Sometimes massive spending does not equal success.
      I am personally hoping that the citizens of WI will see
      and realize just exactly where their best interests lay.
      Then again, this is a recall, so I assume that those who
      elected the existing government may have considerable
      'purchasers bias' in defending their previous selections.
      Not to mention all of their well funded supporters.

      Thanks for all of your efforts.

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