In today’s Morning Jolt, a look at Tom Friedman’s latest fantasy, Obama’s vacation plans, and of course…
The Fallout from Wisconsin Finally Settles in Washington
Democrats wait for the day of the big union comeback in Wisconsin the way we wait for the day liberals admit Obama’s been in office long enough to hold him accountable for the economy.
I bet Godot arrives before both of those deadlines.
…Phineas at Sistah Toldjah’s site offers Democrats some advice, although not necessarily with the best of intentions: “Your plot to seize control of the state senate is dead, and there’s a reasonable chance you could lose next week the two seats you gained this week. In other words, Democrats, union bosses, and progressives, for your $30,000,000 and all your bussed in, slogan-chanting help, and even if you save those two seats next week, you’ll have won nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Bupkis. So go ahead, try to recall Walker next year. Take your campaign to save your corrupt, self-serving arrangements to other states. Spend all the money you can. It looks like a great idea. To conservatives.”
It sounds like they’re doing precisely that: “ Democrats are forging ahead with efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next year, one day after losing four of six recall elections to oust GOP state senators. The Tuesday night losses left Democrats a single seat short of overturning GOP control of the state’s upper chamber, though Democratic officials and operatives on the ground insisted Wednesday that their two wins in Republican-leaning areas exposed Walker’s weaknesses.”
Say, how thrilled will the Obama campaign be to have a separate recall effort sucking up money, energy, time and media attention to climax in August of a presidential election year? Could there be a bigger boost to GOP morale in Wisconsin than watching a Walker recall effort fail? On the other hand, Obama can’t give any signal that he doesn’t want a Walker recall effort to occur; his base is mad enough at him already. Wisconsin Democrats already feel ignored and snubbed by the administration; a directive from David Axelrod to put down their swords and abandon their crusade could trigger an all-out revolt in the Badger state.