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  •  Very few Democrats considering run against Walker (5+ / 0-) regards to the 2014 gubernatorial race.

    One of them is Sara Johann, a progressive political activist who is considering whether or not to form an exploratory committee for a 2014 run against Walker.

    Another one that has been mentioned as a potential 2014 opponent to Walker Chris Taylor, a Democratic state assemblywoman who is one of the most liberal state legislators in the entire country.

    If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri May 24, 2013 at 08:45:36 AM PDT

    •  All we need is one (9+ / 0-)

      Walker will be well-funded, but I don't think that'll matter. Everyone has made up their minds about him so cash won't sway many people. Just a matter of our team turning out our voters, especially in Milwaukee, which didn't happen when this smarmy prick was elected in 2010. We'll have a good candidate. Walker is vulnerable, and everyone knows it. Vulnerable candidates always attract robust and talented opposition candidates.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Fri May 24, 2013 at 09:29:18 AM PDT

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      •  WI is a swing state with polarized electorate (9+ / 0-)

        There are very few persuadable voters in Wisconsin, so turning out the base will absolutely vital for whoever Walker's Democratic opponent happens to be.

        Running a centrist candidate, such as Tom Barrett, Chris Abele, Ron Kind, Lena Taylor, etc. would actually hurt Democrats in their quest to defeat Walker because centrist candidates often have serious trouble turning out the base. On the other end of the spectrum, Democrats don't want to run a candidate that is easy to paint as a lunatic. Democrats need to run a solid progressive against Walker, but one that comes across as reasonable.

        If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

        by DownstateDemocrat on Fri May 24, 2013 at 10:08:36 AM PDT

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        •  Abele is a corporcrat in centrist disguise (2+ / 0-)
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          as far as I can see. I voted for him, but I'm very unhappy with his performance, for example his duplicitous actions against the Move To Amend resolution, and the sneaky way he tried to hide what the SanFellipo (sp?) bill would do to the county board, to name the first couple of things that come to mind. I no longer think that he has the welfare of regular people at heart.
          I really agree with your comment, just wanted to point out that Abele doesn't merit the centrist label, unless the window has moved even farther right.

          •  Wish I could rec you 100 times (0+ / 0-)

            Yes, I voted, worked to elected and supported Abele who went to see protesters off to the Capitol on several occassions.  Once elected, though, he refused to negotiate with the same unions whose members and busses he saw off to the protests.

            He was a stealth candidate who represents the plutocrats.

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

            by Puddytat on Fri May 24, 2013 at 09:23:42 PM PDT

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          •  Outside of supporting legalizing same-sex marriage (0+ / 0-)

            ...there's nothing good about Abele.

            Abele is a center-right politician who claims to be a Democrat but doesn't fit in well in either of the two major parties. If Republicans weren't so hostile toward moderates, Abele would be a Republican.

            If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

            by DownstateDemocrat on Sat May 25, 2013 at 01:24:07 AM PDT

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      •  Beware the apparatchiks! (3+ / 0-)
        Vulnerable candidates always attract robust and talented opposition candidates.
        Yes, but frequently the "establishment" Dems manage to help foist a tired-and-true into the mix which damages those candidates and if advanced to the general kill off the enthusiasm of the base.  This is the mirror image of the tea baggers capturing the nomination with seriously flawed candidates who manage to lose GOP-leaning seats.

        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
        "Shared sacrifice!" said the spider to the fly.—Me

        by KingBolete on Fri May 24, 2013 at 10:27:15 AM PDT

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    •  Well, she should win most of Madison. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Democrats need to stop contesting against (2+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, Puddytat

      people and start aiming to be hired FOR a position.
      The Cons like making elections into contests between personalities because that minimizes attention to the fact that their "personable" candidates are out of touch. Their campaign consultants may teach them how to shake hands and whom to pat on the back, but the Cons have no hands-on experience. They don't know how to do anything but talk.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri May 24, 2013 at 10:31:19 AM PDT

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