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  •  WI was deluged with GOP talking points for a year (17+ / 0-)

    before the recall started. Both the WI GOP and the shadow groups aired ads.  Wisconsin voters were told over and over again that the recall was “wrong”, it was "taking people's vote away" and undemocratic . Wisconsin voters were told that Walker had been given 4 years in office by the people of Wisconsin and the recalling him was undoing "the will of the people”. The conservative newspapers throughout the state also used the same talking points in their editorials.

    There was NO messaging from the other side that supported the right to recall.  There was no ad campaign or effort made to  explain that the right to recall was pure democracy because it allowed people to vote again. There was no messaging about Wisconsin history repeating itself. There was no reminder that the Progressives added the right to recall to the State Constitution because so many politicians in the early 1900’s were elected by voters and they immediately become the pawns of the trusts and the railroads. No explanation that the Right to Recall allowed the people of the Wisconsin to fire any elected official if they lied during their campaign to get elected and changed their plans once they got in office. This is exactly what Scott Walker did. Scott Walker mislead the people of Wisconsin because he campaigned on creating JOBS and never mentioned killing unions, privatizing public services or killing public education.

    Because there was no messaging done on a statewide basis to support the right to recall, the GOP and the shadow groups like American’s for Prosperity got their way. The recall vote wasn’t a vote on Scott Walker; it became a vote on the right to recall.

    The Walker Recall shows the power of a full year of advertising and messaging will have on the public because voters who didn’t like Scott Walker or what he was doing, still voted for him in the recall election because they thought “the recall was bad".

    "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

    by Sand Hill Crane on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:43:27 PM PST

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