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It's Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I'm standing by Tom Barrett. He'd make an outstanding governor. -bo
Based on numerous comments, this tweet is but a minor part of what Obama has been doing to advance the recall. The Obama campaign has been doing GOTV for weeks.

So I have edited the title and this top section. The bottom section, where I muse about whether or not Obama should have campaigned directly in Wisconsin, remains unchanged.

Musings below the Orange Squiggle of Power.

I can think of lots of reasons why Obama should have campaigned in Wisconsin, starting with the depraved wankitude of Scott Minikoch Walker. And to stand by unions. And to fight back against the Koch brothers, who are out to destroy him and everyone he loves and every cause he believes in.

I can think of three reasons not to campaign:
1) It makes Obama the issue rather than Walker and his misdeeds
2) Political calculation that it might adversely affect his re-election efforts
3) It sets Scott Walker up as the anti-Obama, raising his stature both within and without the Republican Party.

Emotionally I want Obama there in Wisconsin about two weeks ago, tearing Scott Walker apart.

Logically I don't want to set Walker up as the next Sarah Palin, someone defeated by Obama but somehow enhanced in the eyes of the wingnuts by virtue of their epochal fail.

So I will let this minimal effort pass with a "Meh". I heap neither scorn nor praise upon this tweet.

I just wish things were different, that we had a country where Republicans didn't exalt people who were justly defeated as prophets.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.


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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:55:01 AM PDT

  •  I'm glad Obama stayed out of it. (15+ / 0-)

    In a special election here in MA, Scott Brown got tens of thousands of votes in protest of the Health Care bill that was being debated in Congress. Let Walker run on his record. Don't give him a distraction to run with.

    Romney - 2012 - If You Want Honesty, Vote For The Other Guy!

    by kitebro on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:02:13 AM PDT

  •  Not worth the risk (14+ / 0-)

    To be honest I am not sure Obama would have done any real good campaigning there. From afar it seems like people's minds are pretty well made up at this point, so I don't see him having shifted independents (what few remain).

    There was just too much potential downside compared to the upside.

    Remember the glee with which the GOP rubbed his nose in the Olympic defeat after he was there making a final pitch.

    Multiply that by orders of magnitude if he went to campaign for Barrett and the Koch money ended up being victorious.

    It would have made him look weak nationally, and with all the chaos in the financial markets and poor job numbers he doesn't need anything else like this to start building a narrative of failure if this election doesn't turn out as we would hope.

  •  This should not about Barack Obama (16+ / 0-)

    1. Barrett himself said that Obama's campaigning in WI would be a distraction.  He was also grateful for the tweet and replied to Obama's Tweet.

    2. President Obama's fingerprints are all over this election with the OFA boots on the ground and other activities that don't center directly around the President causing unnecessary distractions. His physical presence is simply not necessary.

    Let's not buy into the MSM's obssession with and desire to make this entire thing about President Obama, instead of focusing on the task at hand, which is to remove Scott Walker from office.

    The media shows virtually NO concern about Mitt Romney's campaigning for the Republican Walker, and they seem to not have any interest or questions about how much "support" Romney has demonstrated for Walker. Yet they are are disturbingly obsessed with President Obama's presence in WI.

    •  So you feel Obama has been working behind the (2+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie, princesspat

      scenes and making a difference?

      By "Obama" I mean the whole apparatus, not just the man himself.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:08:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's not what I feel (7+ / 0-)

        It's what the facts show.

        MAY 10:

        WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is jumping into the Wisconsin recall, focusing on educating and registering voters in advance of the June 5 election.

        ...On Saturday, the Obama campaign will be hosting "Own Your Vote" events around the state, described as "organizing phone banks and knocking on doors to make sure Wisconsinites are registered and ready to own their vote on Election Day."

        An Obama campaign official said the presidential campaign's involvement in the state will focus on voter education: making sure people know who is eligible to vote, when to vote and where.

        May 15

        WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee is increasing its involvement in the push to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), promising grassroots assistance and a fundraiser hosted by the chair.

        DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) called Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) on Tuesday, pledging her full support of his gubernatorial campaign, according to DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell.

        May 23

        The Democratic National Committee is fundraising directly for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in an effort to aid Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) in the upcoming gubernatorial election against Gov. Scott Walker (R)...
        ...What's notable about this fundraising appeal is that the money will go directly to Wisconsin Democrats, rather than to the DNC. Other national organizations -- including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- have sent out solicitations related to the recall, but the money has not directly gone to Wisconsin entities.

        A Democratic party official told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wednesday's fundraising email was being sent to "millions" of people.

        June 4th

        MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Department of Justice plans to monitor the recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday, and will dispatch a team of federal observers to the city of Milwaukee.
        The observers will be ensuring that the city complies with the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the electoral process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.
      •  OFA-WI just sent an email blast to its whole (5+ / 0-)

        list urging a vote for Tom Barrett, per a tweet from David Dayen (@ddayen), who's reliable and accurate.

        Panelist, Netroots Nation 2012, "Coal and the Grassroots Fight for Environmental Justice." @RL_Miller

        by RLMiller on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:52:04 AM PDT

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  •  Move your ass Milwaukee. (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Let's let the Republicans go all in (8+ / 0-)

    ... but not have the national Democratic party or its leader show up.  That's a guaranteed strategy for victory in the existential battle for the survival of the party.  

    If not Wisconsin, where?  If not now, when?  There's more to the party than the Obama campaign, and if he's not going to stand up for state-level Democrats in their biggest battles, how does that help him win support in his own upcoming battle?  Sometimes I think Obama couldn't lead his party out of a paper bag.

    When Free Speech is outlawed, only outlaws will have Free Speech.

    by Dallasdoc on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:04:27 AM PDT

    •  It appears from other comments (5+ / 0-)

      that the Badger contingent disagrees.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:07:53 AM PDT

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      •  Then let's hope their local campaign works (6+ / 0-)

        I've sent the money I could, which is more than the DNC did.  This is a national war, although the current battle is in WI.  The party's national leader has to wage that war, and it'd be nice if he did so in service to something besides his re-election campaign.  He might win more supporters doing so.

        When Free Speech is outlawed, only outlaws will have Free Speech.

        by Dallasdoc on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:18:48 AM PDT

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    •  The DNC has been all over Wisconsin!! (11+ / 0-)

      Your post is remarkably uninformed. OFA and DNC have been all over wisconsin - maybe not preening and posing in front of the Cable TV, mabye not sitting behind an anonymous computer blogging, but actually doing the REAL WORK of getting people the polls, informing and educating voters, etc.

      President Obama campaigned in WI in 2010 and specifically WARNED voters to NOT give the keys back to the Republicans. They ignored him because they listened to certain media pundiots who told them to punish Obama, only to find out that it wasn't really Obama who was being punished at all!  Now you want to make this about President Obama?

      Get real. Fast.

      •  Reading is fundamental (3+ / 0-)
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        This is a national war being waged by the Republican party and its corporate sponsors to end workers' rights and consolidate their political control by buying elections into the foreseeable future.  It's not just a local race.  I'm not making it about Obama at all, but as the leader of the Democratic party I'd like to see some leadership from him in this fight.  He could frame it as a national issue, and there are plenty of ways to do that.

        He campaigned in WI in 2010?  Terrific.  Why the hell hasn't he done it this year, when the battle's going on?  And don't pretend the DNC has been "all over" WI  -- we all know what kind of resources the national party's been putting into the state, as compared with the Republicans.

        You're the one who'd better get real.

        When Free Speech is outlawed, only outlaws will have Free Speech.

        by Dallasdoc on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:07:08 AM PDT

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        •  Reading is Fundamental (2+ / 0-)
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          Unit Zero, blue aardvark

          More than 50% of your comment above IS about Obama, so yes, you ARE making it about him. And it's all about your short-sighted and narrow views of what YOU think he has or hasn't done.

          Secondly, I don't have to pretend anything about the DNC when the facts show that they have been pushing resources in WI for this election. Read my second comment to 'blue aardvark' and the several posts of Democratic operations in WI that have Obama's fingerprints all over them.  The fact that Walker has outspent Barrett by a ratio of 8 to 1 yet still hasn't wrapped up this race is a testament to the hard work of the boots on the ground soldiers.

          If your idea of "Leadership" is getting in flight suit and blowing a bullhorn in front of media cameras to be the center of attention, perhaps you're with the wrong party.

          •  How could a Koch-fueled political apparatus (2+ / 0-)
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            not be about Obama?  The Koch's are injecting over $1 billion to defeat the president.

            How does Scott Walker outspend Barrett 8-to-1?

            Also, your purity test for membership in "your" party is on the margin of trollish.  A retraction is in order.

            "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

            by Mogolori on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:51:18 AM PDT

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    •  i agree partly doc but (6+ / 0-)

      Mitt romney was also absent from walker. So although the dnc could have done more, both leaders of the parties were absent from the fight.

    •  Missing in Action (5+ / 0-)

      True Obama didn't come to Wisconsin in person to campaign for Barrett like he did in 2010.  We all saw how well that didn't work as the Republicans won the governor's office, lieutenant governor, state senate, state assembly and Senator Feingold lost to Ron Johnson.  I woke up Wednesday morning to what I felt was an Orwellian nightmare.  

      Dems didn't do a good ground game of GOTV and the tea party had plenty of ads on TV.  

      This time around there are tons of volunteers hitting every neighborhood and town.  Barrett has been travelling around the state and getting good crowds.

      While the Repubs like to make an issue out of Obama not coming to the state as a sign of failure of the Barrett campaign they are also not mentioning the fact that the entire time that Romney was in Wisconsin campaigning he never once appeared with Walker and he was actually in the state.  

      Also, by the way, Bush W has been missing in action!  He has not been campaigning for anyone.  Gee could it be that Repubs think he is Toxic?

  •  I honest to God don't give a rat patoote (14+ / 0-)

    Never during the first 15 months of the union-busting/recall pushback battle did I hear any of us clamoring for Pres Obama to get involved. I did not hear that in person in my home town and I did not see it raised online. I did not hear people calling in to talk shows to discuss Pres Obama.

    If the subject came up at all, the comment was along the lines of "we have to do this ourselves".

    But now in the 16th month, after a well-publicized flap w/the DNC, now there's considerable hand-wringing about what Pres Obama is or is not doing. It's like lining up the scapegoat before we've even lost.

    Drop it please.  Just drop it. The Wisconsin versus Wississippi battle is not and has never been about President Obama.

  •  Today is a day (9+ / 0-)

    when many are hoping to end the divide and conquer mentality in WI.  Ergo, I'll leave this comment and leave this diary.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:06:49 AM PDT

  •  Wow that is weak (1+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark

    "He'd make"? hell
    how about 'he would be' or something just a tad more positive?

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:07:59 AM PDT

  •  Hands Off (4+ / 0-)
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    It might seem odd for a Demcorat President, but Obama has largely been hands off with the labor movement since taking office.

    Labor has been at the center of the Wisconsin battle, and aside from a few shout outs and public statements of support he has just kind of let this play out with them taking the lead and handling it.

    I think considering how hands off he has been it would be disingenuous to try and swoop in at the last second to make his big appearance to try and rally the troops.

    The way it is now, if the people of Wisconsin pull this out it will be labor that can beat their chest as having accomplished this, and maybe it will finally open the President's eyes to the sleeping giant that exists out there that he has largely neglected during his term.

    Labor and working people have put in the work, so I am happy that they will be receiving all the credit if this happens instead of the President quite frankly.

    They, through their actions and hard work, have earned any success they have today.

  •  reminds me of how (1+ / 0-)
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    presidents don't invite the team that loses the super bowl to the white house.

    They don't like to been seen in the company of losers.

  •  Putting his entire WI re-election (4+ / 0-)

    operation to work on the Walker recall is not what I canal the least he could do.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:17:09 AM PDT

  •  Defintely not worth the risk. (2+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, eatbeans

    Every single pollster (including PPP and Dem pollsters) has shown that the Dem base is not coming out for this recall.   There is a definite recall fatigue among WI Dems (Dem enthusiasm has waned with each recall as GOP enthusiasm has increased).  Obama could have camped out in Wisconsin for a week and it wouldn't have helped.

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:18:59 AM PDT

  •  Barrett doesn't feel ignored: (7+ / 0-)
    Barrett told CNN Tuesday morning that he doesn't feel ignored by Obama — "not one bit," he said.

    Polls show Walker, a Republican, with a small lead over Barrett, a Democrat. Obama didn't travel to Wisconsin to campaign with Barrett. Instead, he sent out a message on the social media site Twitter late Monday.

    "It's Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow," Obama tweeted, "and I'm standing by Tom Barrett. He'd make an outstanding governor."

    Barrett says there are some people who want to make the recall vote a national election. But, he says, it's really more about Wisconsin, its people, and jobs.

    North Carolina: Where you can marry your cousin. Just not your gay cousin.

    by second gen on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:34:37 AM PDT

  •  You know, the only people I see (9+ / 0-)

    taking Obama to task over not coming to Wisconsin are the Republicans and professional left. Most of us who are fighting this battle in Wisconsin feel that it is our battle to wage, not the national parties'. Would we have liked their money? Of course. But Obama on the ground making this about him? No thanks. He did the right thing by staying away.

    "This is not class warfare. It's math." - Barack Obama 9/19/11

    by DaveV on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:48:16 AM PDT

  •  Republicans poured in a crap ton of cash in (5+ / 0-)

    an attempt to get POTUS there and make it about him. Dems did the right thing by using third parties like state campaign staff.

    They played this one pretty well, even though more money could have been used. I can meh that though understanding the sheer size of cash that will be spent for November and them wanting to hold every cent possible for that.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:57:23 AM PDT

  •  ALL this rhetoric (1+ / 0-)
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    posted here is superfluous.
    Just so much flatulence floating in the aether...
    TODAY is The DAY!
    The proof will be in the pudding.
    And noone will ever know if Obama should have appeared or not.
    In fact, noone knows right now...

    ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

    by joe wobblie on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:02:37 AM PDT

    •  I have to rec you for (1+ / 0-)
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      "flatulence floating in the aether".

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:05:01 AM PDT

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    •  Shock and Awe! (1+ / 0-)
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      (technically known as rapid dominance/ is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power.
      We have just witnessed its application in government; the use of overwhelming monetary power (or 'moneyed might', a Dickens expression)
      in the rapid takeover of a State Government!
      Our President Barack Obama was RIGHT!
      The 5-4 "Supreme Court" ruling freeing corporations to spend unlimited sums
      on elections HAS opened the floodgates for neo-fascist "special interests"
      to spend without limits in our elections!
      And so NOW they have the power to BUY elections!
           It is The Death Knell of our 'one person one vote' Democracy!
      We NOW KNOW that Our President Obama's presence in Wisconsin
      before the election would have MADE NO DIFFERENCE!
                              "The cat is out of the bag!"

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:16:21 PM PDT

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  •  What has Mitt Romney done for Walker (2+ / 0-)
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    Romney is the presumed "Leader" of the Republican Party.  Has he been to WI recently to campaign for Walker? Did he tweet his support for Walker?

    When we join the Republicans and media and repeat their hollow memes about our President, we engage in self-defeating behavior. We enable and embolden the Republicans. This should NEVER be about President Obama, and the diarist ought to have known all about the DNC and OFA activities already taking place on Barrett's behalf.

  •  #2 (0+ / 0-)

    He isn't campaigning because, like all smart politicians, he knows when to fold 'em. As with the DNC they have polls. And they do not want to get their brand dragged down with a (probable) losing effort in WI. His political capital is extremely thin at the moment and they are not going to spend it on anything risky. I HOPE i (and they) are wrong bout the polls, but I am sure that is their calculation.

     When I saw that tweet this morning I thought "wow, nice effort guys".

  •  This is Literally the Least He Could Do (0+ / 0-)

    It's like those fucking yellow ribbon magnets.

    You don't even have to get the adhesive off, like you would with a bumper sticker.

    6/24/05: Charlie the Tuna Creator Dies En lieu of flowers, please bring mayonnaise, chopped celery and paprika.

    by LunkHead on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:56:09 AM PDT

  •  Christian Science Monitor analysis (0+ / 0-)
    Wisconsin recall vote: Why didn't Obama campaign there?

    • The Wisconsin recall is in fact not a true microcosm of the November election. It is a special election, driven by local factors and personalities. The spark was Governor Walker’s move to cut collective bargaining rights for most public workers, but it has morphed into a rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial race.

    • The recall election has become highly polarized. Given Wisconsin’s status as a battleground state in presidential politics, Obama can ill afford to alienate the critical independent vote.

    • Walker has led in the polls all along, albeit not by a wide margin. If Obama chose to campaign in Wisconsin in person, that would raise the stakes for him personally in a race that is already an uphill battle. Team Obama’s calculation appears to be that there’s less upside than downside to his jumping in.

    • Obama has not been able to turn around losing efforts in past high-profile campaigns, and he doesn’t want to risk adding to that narrative. In 2009, he campaigned for both then-New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, both of whom lost. His highest-profile flop may have been Massachusetts, where he campaigned for state Attorney General Martha Coakley only to see her lose to now-Sen. Scott Brown (R).

    Top Obama strategist David Axelrod argues that the president is “well-represented” in Wisconsin. Speaking with reporters on Sunday, Mr. Axelrod noted that former President Clinton and Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz were in Wisconsin. And the Democrats have “an army of lawyers there ready to protect the vote on Tuesday,” he told reporters.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction... but everything else requires time." - First Lady Michelle Obama

    by FiredUpInCA on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:08:55 AM PDT

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (0+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 04:59:58 PM PDT

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