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  •  Who convinced them to think that about recalls? (4+ / 0-)

    Walker advertising and the right-wing media.  In an endless squawking unanswered loop, ever since January.

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:49:49 AM PDT

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    •  To be fair you also have to blame (0+ / 0-)

      the fact that the very few Barret ads that did get on the air didn't hit on this topic hard at all.  They talked about how bad the bills are without talking about the gross dishonest conduct with which they were passed.  Recalls are like impeachments by the people instead of by the senate.  And like impeachments they do need to have gross misconduct to be valid in a lot of people's minds, which is why I despaired every time I saw yet another pro Barret ad that simply said "but unions are good, why hurt them?" instead of hitting on the illegal things he did to GET that bill through.  The fact that we like unions and Walker doesn't is not what wins anti-union people over to our side.  The fact that he outright lied did.  The fact that he's a dictator who abused his power as governor to oppress dissenting speech, prevent the public from seeing deliberations (which is against the constitution!),  and that he's a hypocrite by imposing a system of fraudulent election onto unions that would have prevented HIMSELF from getting into power had it been implemented in the 2010 election for governor (the system that assumes one side is hardcoded to always get to count as its own votes the people who didn't vote.)

      That last one was really heinous.  Want to piss off a few right wingers?  Point out that this is the exact same voting scheme that was used in Soviet Russia.  I'm not kidding.  On voting day there if you didn't walk to the booth to mark your ballot and just dropped it blank in the box right after being given it, you were counted as voting for all the party's preferred candidates in all races.  The only people who had to actually use the booths were people writing in some alternative instead.  Therefore walking to the "privacy" booth with your ballot to mark it was itself an obvious sign to the people watching the polling area that you are a dissenter.  People playing along with the party line just dropped the ballot in the box blank as is, utterly destroying any semblance of privacy in the vote - just like the new union voting rules work - if you make any effort at all to BOTHER voting, they know which side you're voting for by that alone.

      Where were the ads pointing this out?  I pointed it out to a few people in person, and when gathering signatures and on GOTV but where was this message in the ADS?  No, I'm not talking about the outspending problem (which was a huge problem) but the fact that what little money there was on ads were misspent on the wrong message - a message that only convinces people who already agree.

      The message that recall requires gross misconduct is absolutely right.  The problem is that while this massive gross misconduct definitely existed for those voters to latch onto if they had been told about it, it wasn't the primary focus of the ads so many of them didn't really get that part of the message.

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