It is one thing to be tone-deaf. It is another thing to be oblivious to reality.
The news that Wisconsin Republicans think it a grand idea to plant protest candidates to force Democratic primaries in the upcoming recall elections is clearly one of those ‘oblivious to reality’ moments. If a primary is held for either party, that would push back the general election by a month, thereby giving the incumbent lawmakers more time to campaign.
I am not sure who the Republicans are talking to, or plotting with, but they should be aware of one fact. From La Crosse to Fond Du Lac, from River Hills to Coloma the last thing the electorate ever wants is for an election cycle to be elongated! Good Lord!
But that is precisely what Wisconsin Republicans have in store for many citizens in the state, all for the sole purpose of allowing the challenged Republican state senators more time to defend their actions regarding collective bargaining.
The last thing voters want to hear in the heat of summer are even more campaign ads, all for a primary race that did not have to happen. No one wants to find another reason for a brochure on the door handle, or another series of robo-calls on the answering machine. No one wants another plea for campaign donations that would only fund a race that is actually nothing more than a partisan game.
In other words, voters are in no mood for political chicanery.
That is, however, what the GOP is hoping to have happen in Wisconsin. While those hatching such an idea might think it down-right brilliant, citizens of the state understand this tactic is another sign of how frightful Republicans are of the voters.
If the GOP are playing these games now, what will they concoct by the time Governor Walker’s recall election is nearing early next year.
I suggest that the Wisconsin Republican Party just…what was the term from the 2010 mid-term elections they used….oh, yes…’man up’….and face the electorate.
All the additional political bombast, money, and wasted time that would result from this political dirty trick will only make for a rougher outcome for those Republicans who have already riled the average voter.
For all the artlessness of his statement, Senator Randy Hopper said what most are thinking.
Frankly, Hopper said, he would prefer to have his election as soon as possible. He would hope that neither he nor his likely opponent, Jessica King, has a primary race.
“Let me freakin’ be done,” Hopper said.
The Republican Party knows the day of reckoning with the voters is growing near, and they also correctly do not sense a lowering of the anger that exists around the state over the collective bargaining issue.
To stir the pot with a dose of dirty political tricks will only make the electorate even more frustrated and more prepared to cast a ballot in the recall elections.