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  •  The only other potential candidate that I know (1+ / 0-)
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    ...who is considering a run against Scott Walker is Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, who comes across to me as a modern-day version of Adlai Stevenson.

    Harris has made a couple of appearances in the Wisconsin media where he's floated himself as a potential gubernatorial candidate (i.e., he's not interesting in being anointed by the DPW or anyone else), and, if he could draw up a campaign platform that he can explain in short sentences, he seems like someone who could build the coalition of voters that is needed to defeat Scott Walker.

    If neither Burke nor Harris run against Walker (which is a real possibility, since there's quite a few activists who don't like Burke, and Harris himself has admitted that he doesn't think he'd be a good gubernatorial candidate), then we'll need someone who could pull off the political equivalent of the Miracle on Ice by running a grassroots campaign against Walker, getting outspent by a ridiculous margin, and somehow finding a way to defeat Walker.

    My parents made me a Democrat. Scott Walker made me a progressive.

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 01:55:07 PM PDT

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    •  The best shot we have is for someone (1+ / 0-)
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      to be out now, like Tammy Baldwin was, and starting to move around the state talking to voters.  Waiting until the last minute doesn't build the electoral base needed to overcome the anticipated tens of millions of dollars that will again be spent on Walker.

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

      by Puddytat on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 03:37:36 PM PDT

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      •  Anyone declaring early will have lost the race (2+ / 0-)
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        before January. No one on our side has the money to start campaigning now, but the shadow groups on the other side have infinite funds to spend on destroying a Democratic candidate for WI Governor.

        I don’t want to see a repeat of the recall where the other side had a full year to indoctrinate voters. The shadow groups, supported by the newspapers, kept hammering away on the right to recall and they told voters that recalling the governor was “wrong”.

        I wasn’t surprised by the outcome of the recall election. I knew the vote had been redefined by the shadow groups and that it was not about Scott Walker or Tom Barrett being a better candidate. The vote was about the right of voters to recall their governor. People had been told over and over again that recalling the governor wasn’t fair. They voted for Scott Walker because they didn’t think recalling him was the "right thing to do”.

        "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 Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 01:06:55 AM PDT

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        •  That would be a good plan if there (0+ / 0-)

          was a great candidate known statewide, but we don't have one of those (no, Feingold won't do it).  Time is needed to get name recognition throughout the state.  Tammy Baldwin had to travel throughout the state and start early so folks knew who she was and what she stood for.

          While starting too early is a bit risky, starting too late is even more problematic.

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

          by Puddytat on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 11:13:49 AM PDT

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          •  We will have to advertise the candidate (1+ / 0-)
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            We can't depend on the media.We must do it ourselves. The county parties have gotten lazy because they expect the State Party to do everything for them. We must move beyond that frame of mind and move into a more active, innovative mode.

            "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 Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:11:31 PM PDT

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