There is no doubt many Democrats are left wondering who really has our backs when the times get tough.
I can play ‘devil’s advoacte’ and recite the political reasons that President Obama did not land in Wisconsin–but flew over it–in the final days of the recall election for Scott Walker. But those reasons pale when considering that the President is the leader of the Democratic Party, one very well-liked politician, and the public employees and unions are part of the party’s larger family. When such an attack as that which took place against state workers is felt by one–it should be considered as an attack on us all.
I argue that President Obama had a duty to be in Wisconsin standing shoulder-to-shoulder with union men and women. (If Tom Barrett wanted to be there, he could show up too.)
That is not, however, how the White House saw it. As such, there is anger in Wisconsin, and it has manifested itself with salty letters being sent back in mailings that were seeking political contributions from Wisconsin Democrats.
A sample of what is being sent back to Washington via the postal system…
We love you.
Not that enamored of your husband or his campaign right now.
Not happy that he couldn’t find his “comfortable shoes” to support public employees in Wisconsin last year!
Not happy that he or VP Biden couldn’t come to Wisconsin to raise money or campaign for the recall of our anti-worker governor.
Not happy that Former Governor Doyle (angling for an ambassadorship????) said “no big deal if the recall was unsuccessful.” BEFORE THE VOTE!
Not happy that the deputy director of OFA said “no big deal if the recall isn’t successful.” BEFORE THE ELECTION!
Not happy that when my friend emailed the campaign with his concerns, he was blown off with a canned response. I guess you don’t have many staff sitting around in Chicago.
Not happy that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said “no big deal if the recall wasn’t successful,” no match for all of the republican money spent here and FINALLY dropped in to talk to volunteers in Racine a few days before.
Not happy that POTUS told a news station from Green Bay “Smith: I’d like to ask you about Wisconsin’s recall election. There are a lot of Democrats that are upset you didn’t campaign for Tom Barrett.
President Obama said. “I was supportive of Tom and have been supportive of Tom. Obviously, I would have loved to see a different result.”
Well, I’d be okay with B.O. winning next November. His constant caving in to get 1/8th of a loaf is probably better than the damage Romney would do. I may be shopping for some comfortable shoes, or if the polls show a big lead in Wisconsin either way, I’m voting for Gary Johnson.