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  •  I've talked to a number of such folks where I am (3+ / 0-)
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    I live in Madison, and there are plenty of True Progressives in this town. Yes, there is a lot of discontent with Obama here, especially over foreign policy, and he might not have as many canvassers here as he would have if he were more liberal, but nobody I've talked to wants to punish Obama by staying home. One person I canvassed with said she though BO would go to Hell for drone assassinations, but that she would definitely vote for him nevertheless.

    As for learning from June 5 here in Wisconsin, that was emphatically NOT the result of progressives staying home. Minority turnout was very high, and many downtown wards in Madison had upper-nineties turnout. The problem was that rural voters felt the recall was unjustified. These voters are genuine independents, not reluctant progressives like you seem to imply are the problem. There is no phantom reservoir of votes on the left side of the political spectrum. And, by the way, the recall was always about Walker, not Obama.

    Finally, this is five months before an election. Obama can try to make a few policy changes, but a radical new agenda right before the election would be a horrible idea on the face of it. First, he has a campaign to run, and that takes a good deal of effort. Second, he needs to project confidence, not panic. Thirdly, the GOP will work extra hard to scuttle anything he does immediately before an election.

    Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

    by fearlessfred14 on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 10:29:01 PM PDT

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      Do you think that rural dems in WI turned on us with the recall, or did they just decide not to vote, because they felt conflicted?

      GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

      by LordMike on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 01:06:29 PM PDT

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