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Mary Burke has never run for statewide office, but her deep pockets have allowed her to bring in a veteran team of handlers who have worked on some of the biggest political races in the country.

                                               "So Let`s bring it home Girl!"
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                                                  "And Let`s talk John Doe people"

In putting together the team so quickly, Burke is signaling her ability to run a lengthy campaign to oust Gov. Scott Walker in 2014. Some of the same people who brought you President Obama's re-election campaign will do the same for Democrat Mary Burke in her run for Wisconsin governor.

She's also making it more difficult for another Democrat to jump into the race, although state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma has considered waging a grass-roots primary battle.

Jim Margolis, who handled advertising for President Barack Obama's two national campaigns, has signed on as Burke's media strategist.

Diane Feldman, who polled for Tammy Baldwin's successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2012 and Gwen Moore's 2004 race for Congress, will be Burke's pollster.

Pete Giangreco, who was the lead of direct mail for Obama's first Democratic presidential primary campaign as well as Baldwin's 2012 campaign, will run Burke's direct mail operation.

According to a Marquette University Law School poll of 800 registered voters had Walker with 47% and Burke with 45%. Seventy percent of those polled said they did not know enough about Burke to have either a favorable or unfavorable view of her.

Over at the right-wing Journal/Sentinel news ala Fox the panic and rhetoric by Republicans is as crazy and fear mongering as ever:

Joe Fadness, state Republican Party executive director, said, "This is the latest example showing how far Democratic Party bosses will go to silence the grass-roots and prevent a primary. Insiders and consultants picked Mary Burke in a back room to run a campaign to take Wisconsin backward. These are the same people who told Mary Burke to run a no-promises campaign and not be upfront with Wisconsin voters."
Universal opinions as I understand is that Scott Walker is a target in a criminal investigation pursuant to a John Doe probe that has been ongoing for several years. In my own personal political knowledge data bank I have to agree with myself that this issue has to be addressed during Mary Burke`s campaign. But then, I am not schooled far enough on these political issues and my opinions might differ from the strong and competent arsenal of Burke`s campaign strategists.

However, I will repeat what has so many times been said about "us" coming out to vote on elections days, whether local or national I have to agree that what Margolis and others with the Obama team were credited with running an effective media campaign. They used analytics and data to reach voters in ways beyond television ads.

While this advise is sound, I still think Democrats in Wisconsin must come out in waves, to dethrone this "divide and conquer" Republican mentality. I will post my sources so you can read and make up your own minds as to whether Mary Burke will kick Scott Walker`s ass
come 2014.


Originally posted to Ole Texan on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:05 AM PST.

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  •  The "grassroots" (whoever that is) (31+ / 0-)

    in Wisconsin seem to have their knives out for Mary Burke.

    Lots of "grassroots" support for Kathleen Vinehout (it seems like the grassroots have gathered around her since she is flirting with the idea of a "grassroots" campaign and will announce whether she will run in January).

    I'm sitting this particular fight out. We already know that the Wis Dems are a problematic group and that they have decided to put all their resources behind Mary Burke.

    I personally think a more productive grassroots fight would be rebuilding the Wis Dems. Nothing is going to change here if we don't get a better party.

  •  thanks for this info (10+ / 0-)

    Joe Fadness concern trolling.  Bit of fear there? Yeah - we should just take his advice. Bless his heart.  snark

  •  She should already have ads out (9+ / 0-)

    calling him a Tea Party governor. They should have started right after the shutdown debacle.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:57:59 AM PST

  •  Some good news here, I think. (9+ / 0-)

    Tammy Baldwin ran such a positive, straight-forward and successful campaign. I'm really happy to see two from her team now helping Mary Burke.

    To me, this bodes well for the type of campaign Mary Burke would like to run.

    And we all know how skilled Obama's team was. If Ms. Burke is our candidate, I want her to win.

    •  To add: Straight-forward plays really well in WI (18+ / 0-)

      I do feel one of the big reasons Scott Walker won and continues to fool so many people is that he's very good at seeming honest and straight-forward.

      I still remember his ads for the 2010 campaign. He looked like a boy-next-door and touted his brown-paper-bag strategy to governing - i.e., practical, down-to-earth, thrifty... I saw one ad and knew we were in trouble.

      Tammy Baldwin was able to take the same powers (genuine in her case) and use them for good. She traveled all over the state and won people over with her sincerity, openness and common sense. And she beat one of the most popular (cough cough) politicians in WI history. So much for the "a lesbian can't win a statewide office" school of thought.

      I don't know for sure why so many people are against Mary Burke, but I suspect (and forgive me if this is not true in your case) it has to do with her being a successful business woman.  I've observed a tendency by some on the left to automatically dismiss the rich and business-minded as much as many on the right dismiss the poor.

      I'm willing to keep an open mind and give Ms. Burke a chance. So far, she hasn't done anything to disqualify herself in my mind and has done a few things right...

      •  I am always impressed with the depth and wisdom (8+ / 0-)

        of your comments, WisVoter.


        Retired Pie Warrior. Substance over Sh*t Flinging (as best as I am able). Sarcasm for and Derision of Happy Clappy True Believers / Entitlement "Reformers" / NSA cheerleaders (yes, significant overlap) still available 24/7, you betcha!

        by JVolvo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:04:45 AM PST

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      •  Personally... (0+ / 0-)

        I would be fine with Mary Burke.  She seems to geniuely care about other people, and want to help. Aside from her business success, she also has experience doing volunteer work with and mentoring young people.
        I don't know much about Vinehout except that she ran a very low key primary race during the recall election (which Walker only won because the Dems did not have a strong candidate). I did not really learn anything about her during that period.  If she is going to run in this race, she really needs to raise her profile and get the Republicans smearing her. The only reason they are on the attack with Mary, is because they fear her as a real threat.
        Not only does straight forward play well in Wisconsin, but former business person and hardworker are assets here.

  •  Hopeful diary. Thank you. (11+ / 0-)

    I am most concerned by that 13% of Dems that polled as supporting Walker. I just do not understand it, even after Puddytat kindly explained it. Dems are not going to get 13% of support from Repugs, so this Democratic support for a ruthless Teabagger governor needs to change. I have no idea how.

    Carry on, Democratic Wisconsin!!! Kick him to the curb!

    Horray for the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB), the Solidarity Singers and the Wisconsin Transparency Force (WTF). Wonderful people, all, who
    represent the very best in our nation.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:27:01 AM PST

  •  Lots of breathless excitement over this candidate (3+ / 0-)
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    cybrestrike, 3goldens, Stude Dude

    but a quick Google search turned up almost nothing substantive about Mary Burke or her views.  

    Why should people support her?  Because she has lots of money to pay for her own race, and because she has a (D) after her name?

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:29:20 AM PST

    •  Both. (9+ / 0-)

      Because when you are up against an entrenched, corrupt opponent, it really helps that the opposition candidate is motivated early and has the resources to act.
      I agree with David above, however, that she should be made to articulate her positions in the primary process and that if/when she wins the Nom that the rest of the WIDems jump on behind her.
      That means keeping the campaigns from slashing each other and leaving the eventual Nom so wounded that Walker walks.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:48:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The search has few results (11+ / 0-)

      because Burke hasn't actually said all that much.

      Her campaign web site reflects this --  the Burke For Wisconsin encourages visitors to donate or volunteer, and you can read a brief Burke biography and watch her "launch video."

      But though the site has been up for several weeks, there's absolutely nothing in text about where she stands on the issues.

      Kathleen Vinehout, on the other hand, has a legislative record and blogging a-plenty, like this latest release:
      Is Wisconsin Ready for the Corporate Reformers of Education?  In her writing and in public speaking, Vinehout expresses herself with a passion that I haven't seen from Burke yet, and that gives me pause, because I think that passion is not only appropriate but NECESSARY for this election.

      I am encouraged to see the formation of a campaign team with a winning track record, and the prospect of national resources that were so desperately missing in the recall.

      I'm not ready to fall in line yet though, and the way the fall-in-line pressure is playing out in Wisconsin so far... leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:01:46 AM PST

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      •  totally agree, AnnieJo (9+ / 0-)

        I don't have anything against Burke, but I don't like the way Democratic State Chairman Mike Tate is trying to clear the field for her.

        The only race Burke has ever run was for Madison School Board. A primary challenger might help her sharpen her campaigning and debating skills. And I don't think it is Tate's place to annoint a nominee a year before the election. I am very impressed with Vinehout and beleive she deserves a fair shot if she chooses to run.

      •  Then Vinehout needs to get in the race. (2+ / 0-)
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        AnnieJo, Jake formerly of the LP

        I'm tired of having people nibble around the edges and shilly-shallying. Either she is running or she is not. It exhausts people to keep thinking that some last minute candidate is going to come in and save the day in a weak field.

        Her reluctance to just live like a warrior and throw her hat in the ring isn't really doing it for me; all her supporters are breathless on facebook but I'm waiting to see who actually enters the ring.

        •  I hope I don't come across as breathless (1+ / 0-)
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          about Vinehout.

          She's super-solid on my issue (public education), much more convincingly than our declared candidate.   The one sit-down I had with her, I found her forthright, warm, personable.

          I understand that she's at a different place than I am on guns and reproductive freedom, though our conversation wasn't about that.

          On the one hand, I'm frustrated too about the way the timing is playing out and suspect that her window of opportunity may have already slammed.  On the other hand, she's had the same story all along about her timing plans -- to decide for sure as the new year turns.

          I guess we'll see.

          If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

          by AnnieJo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 02:52:39 PM PST

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          •  Oh, no. I'm referring to what is going on in (1+ / 0-)
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            Jake formerly of the LP

            social media.

            Like I say, the knives are out for Burke. It's visceral. I definitely have my position disagreements with Vinehout. So what do I care more about? Reproductive freedom? Gun control? Repealing Act 10/workers' rights? Education? I'm not a one-issue voter, and if Vinehout won the primary I'd surely vote for her enthusiastically despite some serious reservations I have about her positions on some issues. I did like her in the recall but knew she didn't have a chance.

            If there is no primary, I'll vote for Burke. If there is a primary I'll decide at that time.

            End of story. :-)

        •  As a Vinehout fan, I agree with this (0+ / 0-)
      •  Sadly, I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        dragonlady, AnnieJo

          Lots of lame milquetoast talk about "jobs" from Burke, with nowhere near the specifics or fire that is needed to take out Walker. Which is why a whole lot of us want to see who gets in (VINEHOUT), and then see what develops over these next 9 months before the primary.

           Burke believes in the right things, but this isn't a corporate board meeting where you can rely on Powerpoints and respect for your status. You gotta persuade and relate to people, and we'll see if the Obama people help with that.

           Please don't fall into the media's and DPW's trap of thinking this is all decided on the Dem side. LONG way to go on this one.

    •  She's not a typical politician (thank doG) so she (4+ / 0-)

      doesn't have the typical CV nor national Google cred:

      For nearly 15 years Burke's hands-on approach to philanthropy has made a difference in countless lives. Since retiring from a lucrative business career in 2004 to volunteer full-time - with a brief return to paid employment when Gov. Jim Doyle tapped her as Commerce secretary in 2005 - she has emerged as an understated force whose philanthropic work aims to move the needle on two of Madison's most intractable problems: poverty and minority student achievement.
       She sits on five different boards of directors for area nonprofits. She volunteers twice weekly at Frank Allis Elementary. She mentors a sophomore in the AVID/TOPS program, as well as a teenage mother coming out of foster care. And through a program at Porchlight Inc., she has befriended a formerly homeless diabetic man.
      Burke remains actively involved in the much-applauded AVID/TOPS program, a college prep curriculum for students in the "academic middle" who would be the first in their families to graduate college. As the program enters its fourth year, early indications are that it's working, but, she says, "We won't know for sure until kids start earning their college degrees."

      Great long local piece ^^^


      Burke disagrees with Walker/RePubs on BadgerCare cuts:

      Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke said the state should provide BadgerCare Plus health care coverage to people making up to 138% of the poverty level under Obamacare, sharply differing from Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan.

      Under the Walker plan, about 92,000 people are to lose their BadgerCare coverage on Jan. 1.

      Burke said she would reverse Walker's decision if she were elected next year.

      "It defies common sense that we would turn down $120 million that frankly is the money of Wisconsin taxpayers,"
      she told The Associated Press.

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      by JVolvo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:25:48 AM PST

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    •  Is she Liberal enough? (4+ / 0-)

      How much of Walker's policies is she willing to fight against?  Unions? Vaginal Probing? Environmental destruction? Defunding Education? Right to Work? Women's Rights? War on students? War on Science? etc.

      Plus, Walker violated so many campaign laws the last 2 election cycles, are Dems ready to fight and battle these credulities?

      And remember, Walker does have problems, but the rich 1% is NOT one of them.

      Is Burke Liberal enough to make & fight these changes?

  •  Is she "more" or "better"? (5+ / 0-)

    Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

    by The Dead Man on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:38:37 AM PST

  •  John Doe probe? Where is the smoking gun? (4+ / 0-)
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    WisVoter, niemann, slothlax, 3goldens

    We have been told this for almost 2 years now and nothing has happened.  If Ms. Burke brings that up that will be her downfall.  Stay on the issues.  Walker has exported jobs from Wisconsin.  He is against labor unions.  That is what people in Wisconsin will find important.

    •  I agree. If there's to be any John Doe publicity (5+ / 0-)
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      AnnieJo, niemann, 3goldens, Sue B, dragonlady shouldn't come from the Democratic candidate, whomever she or he turns out to be.

      Let someone else take that on.

    •  2nd probe quietly underway. (5+ / 0-)


      The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the investigation was launched by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office in reaction to a variety of leads that were uncovered as a result of an earlier John Doe investigation conducted by the Milwaukee DA—an investigation that has already led to the criminal conviction of six individuals, including three Walker aides, a political appointee and a major campaign contributor.

      According to sources, the new John Doe effort—which is reported to have quietly begun in February of 2012—is focused on potential criminal activity involving campaign law violations occurring after Walker’s 2010 election to the Wisconsin statehouse while the earlier John Doe dealt with issues arising during Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive.

      The new investigation is said to be gathering considerable steam and is now being pursued in at least five Wisconsin counties.

      Round II

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      by JVolvo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:30:49 AM PST

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      •  I followed your link and once again I don't see (0+ / 0-)

        a smoking gun.  So what if some counties forgot to update their election website,  People do make mistakes.  

        •  Last John Doe nabbed 3 Walker officials, an (5+ / 0-)

          appointee and a major campaign contributor (ie criminal convictions).  I'm good with that.

          This JD probe comes from leads from the original JD, all these items are post-2010 gov race.

          Your pessimism is noted, I'll happily await the results.

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          by JVolvo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:22:24 AM PST

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    •  Excellent point. Even if true, it would just look (4+ / 0-)
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      GeoffT, elwior, 3goldens, WisVoter

      ... like more "nasty," "dirt-throwing" political campaign fighting.

      That is a turn-off anywhere, but in my experience is particularly distasteful to Midwestern voters.  We KNOW that Republicans are going to do nasty and dirt-throwing, but for Burke to even bring up Walker's crimes would just invite the inevitable "both sides do it" from the media, and in voters' minds.

      So, yes, as WisVoter says, let someone else bring that up ... and hammer it home, relentlessly, day after day.  Keep Walker on the defensive about it, but let Burke focus on the issues and on a positive message.

  •  if burkes wins, efforts should be made to undo as (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    mpossible. ie set aside the perokee area as a monument and tell gecobic to go pound sand. try and get the high speed rail project revived, as see how much money we can scrape together. it wont be 800 million, but if we can get half of that it would great. kill act 10 the moment you take office by telling the AG you will not defend it in court and ask for the courts to strike it down on constitutional grounds. let the probe do its work but if its found walker anf his staff violated state law, throw the book at them.Illinois has had several ex-governors go to prison for being schmucks. walker can be the first governor in WI history to wear an orange jumpsuit.

  •  Burke (0+ / 0-)

    What about her company outsourcing jobs?  Let's hear something about that.

  •  Learning lessons from Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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    The Progressive has a great article about Walker's vulnerability on social issues:

    Although Scott Walker is a Frankenstein’s monster combo of the far-right fringe ideas of Todd Akin, Ken Cuccinnelli, Christine O’Donnell and Rick Santorum, he has successfully hidden from the public his membership in the lunatic fringe and continues to come off to most as the affable “boy next door.”


    Clearly, that is going to change in 2014.  Democrats have signaled that they will take on social issues in upcoming campaigns, including the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race.  The challenge for Wisconsin’s Democratic nominee will be to combine the jobs message and the social issues message against Walker into one sharp point: Walker has focused on a war against women and implementing his fringe, far-right agenda, at the expense of a focus on job creation.

  •   bring back the CCC in wisconsin (0+ / 0-)

    during the depression, Coon Valley in the Driftless Area was the site of a CCC camp. CCC camps had 200 workers in each of them, this one ended up reducing erosion and soil loss on local farms, and the planting techniques were so successful and the results so immediate, that the area switched politically from being very Republican in the 20s to voting for FDR in the 30s. in all, about 1000 Wisconsinites worked in 5 CCC camps in the state. bring that back, but instead of 5 camps, do 500, at 200 per camp, that's 100000 workers. put them in state areas as  well the national forests up north.  not only will you draw contrast to walkers dismal record on jobs,  you 'll put money into the hands of people who have very little right now. people want to work, they want money in their pocket and self-confidence in themselves. the original ccc was popular across the spectrum. on the left it expanded conservation into the working class, which saw first hand the benefits of those efforts in not only improved health, but in earning a nice paycheck to boot in conserving national resources. on the right it appealed to local businessmen, from whom  the camps and workers bought supplies and food. the camps put thousands of dollars a week into local economies, the equivalent of close to 100000 weekly today. money circulates, passes through local hands, and the general well-being of the area improves. all this has political benefits as folks remember who helped them in their time of need.

  •  With 75% unfamiliar, 45% would still vote for her. (0+ / 0-)

    This is a good sign.  It would seem to be an indication that these would vote for anyone running against Walker.  Still, I'm a bit surprised that so many say that they would would vote for him under any circumstance.

  •  This is personal for me and my family... (1+ / 0-)
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    ..because we live in Wisconsin.  Scott Walker the current governor, did not just force state employees to accept (through legislation), contracts that take working conditions off the table, but he also forced many families off health care.  Our state had a fully funded, state-run, expansion of Medicaid and the state budget was in the black when he came into office.  What was the first thing he did? He submitted a budget that gave huge tax breaks to a many businesses in order to "encourage" them to create new jobs in the state.  These tax breaks were so big, that in order to balance them many other things had to be cut.  This was his excuse for the "compromises" for states employees, the dismantling of this health care program, cuts to WIC, SNAP and some other programs. Despite these cuts, the state budget still ended up in the red. Guess how many new jobs those businesses brought to our state? Zero! And because of other policy changes made during his adminstration so far and his budget, our state went from being in the upper %50 for least unemployment to 3rd to the last (47th). He has been pushing the tea party agenda from day one and is now trying to get manditory ultrasounds for pregnant women who are considering abortion.  He attempted to completely defund planned and failed but just barely (he got their funding significantly decreased).
    Are you sensing any vitrol yet? Obviously there is no love lost here.  However, the biggest blow comes in January when the last of the former health care program is taken away and families like mine who do not have any affordable health care options (maybe with ACA, but we are still not sure yet), will be thrown off as he backs Medicaid down the final step to only cover families at 100% FPL. And why is that? Because he refused federal expansion money which would have ensured that the current program could run at the current level while actually saving the state money.
    I will for vote for almost anyone on the other side of this guys ticket (the only person more radically "conservative" then this guy would be an avowed KK K member).

  •  A change in the right direction for Wisconsinites (0+ / 0-)
    Wisconsinites deserves better than a Gov seeking to derails unions and collective bargaining rights. Issue contrast to GOP political pals with potential dummy corporation that may be setup to funnel money into Supper PAC's for GOP throughout the state or nation.
    Scott Walker is certainly bad news for Wisconsin but good news for special interest groups and big business that want cheap labor without benefits, retirement packages or unions just to name a few.
  •  Mary Burke personally anointed by State party boss (0+ / 0-)

    Mary Burke, a corporate CEO, has no support among the Democratic wing of the Wisconsin 'dem' party.

  •  Wisconsin (0+ / 0-)

    I contributed daily amounts to the recall effort to get rid of Scott Walker  - and then, it seemed, the Wisconsin Democrats backed off and let him stay..  I'm not going to contribute anything any more to Wisconsin~  Had that recall occurred and Scott Walker kicked out, there would have been a HUGE resurgence in Democratic power and we probably would be seeing fewer Tea Party nuts and other right-wingers.  Nobody needs them, they are destructive to the economy, have very bizarre ideas and want to cripple women economically and socially, as if our lives aren't hard enough already!!! Wisconsin can't ask for help from other people in other states until they are willing to take charge and do what they say they are going to do.

  •  It would be Great (0+ / 0-)

    If Burke could get a copy of the phone recording where Walker thinks he's talking to David Koch.  That would make a wonderful commercial showing just who Walker is really working for!

    Democrat Without Suffix, Prefix, Apology or Explanation .

    by Lilredhead on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 01:52:37 PM PST

  •  cheese-heads look out! (0+ / 0-)

    a state that would turn their backs on a great senator like Russ Feingold, curse us with the satanic likes of Ryan,  Walker, and Senselessbrenner better wake up. maybe if we all stopped buying Wisconsin cheddar they'd get the message.

  •  Promises (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans made a VERY BIG DEAL of campaigning on PROMISES OF JOBS back in 2010 .... and it's kinda like the Burger King commercial of old ... WHERE'S THE BEEF???

    So, Republicans who are accusing Burke of a "no promises" campaign, I pointedly ask:   WHERE'S ALL THE JOBS?  We've seen you send the jobs AWAY.  We've seen you shut DOWN the jobs.  Close the government.  Take away JOB SECURITY and fair wages and bargaining.  We haven't seen you PRODUCE IT.  We haven't seen Republicans produce ONE DAMNED THING except obstruction and taking away people's rights and ALIENATION of just about everybody on this earth, and especially this country (except the 1%, of course).  What did Walker do for Wisconsin except take the state down to the bottom of the barrel?

  •  "Insiders and consultants picked Mary Burke (0+ / 0-)

    in a back room to run a campaign to take Wisconsin backward. These are the same people who told Mary Burke to run a no-promises campaign and not be upfront with Wisconsin voters."

    Interesting. Were it not for Mary Burke's name in this quote I would have assumed it referred to the game-plan followed by Scott Walker and his team just a few years back. So it is somehow wrong and bad if a Democrat does it, but perfectly acceptable for a Republican?

    Yet another glaring example of IOKYAR.

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