This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

I don’t mean to step on anyone’s turf over here, since the Wisconsin recall isn’t my beat. But dammitall, I readthis and just wanted to throw up my hands:


According to the Wisconsin Dem, the party has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation. While the DNC has made generally supportive noises, the money has not been forthcoming, the official says — with less than a month until the June 5th recall election. The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Polls suggest that very few Wisconsin voters are persuadable at this point — after huge pro-Walker ad expenditures, the numbers have barely budged — which means that the race will likely be decided by turnout. So the investment in the ground operation could be pivotal to the outcome; Wisconsin Dems are counting on their field operation — with more than 40 offices — to carry the day and offset Walker’s advantage on the air, but it needs more money.

What makes this all the more galling to Wisconsin Dems is that a Walker win could be bad for the national party’s prospects in November.

Umm .. duh! Hello? And not just important for delivering a swing state like Wisconsin to Obama in November. This is ofnational importance. You’d have to be brain-dead not to recognize how the Wisconsin recall has galvanized liberals all across the country. You guys have been a huge energizing force, you were the spark that lit the Occupy movement fer crissakes. Speaking as someone who lives in The State Where The Republican Party Has Gone To Die let me tell say: losing this battle will feel like a kick in the gut for us down here. Those of us who are the last holdouts of the once great Tennessee Democratic Party, the party of Al Gore, we’re dying down here. Hell, we’re in the last throes. And you guys were like a rainstorm in the desert for us. Our eyes turned to Wisconsin for a last shred of hope that people can triumph over corporate money.

The national Democratic Party needs to send some kind of signal that it understands this. We’re watching. And for God’s sake, $500,000 is peanuts for you guys, plus it’s not like ramping up the GOTV operation now won’t be a tremendous help for November.

I mean geez, I don’t need to be making these arguments, it’s pretty obvious to me. I just don’t get what they’re thinking..

11 thoughts on “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

  1. One only need look at the candidates that the DCCC has been putting money behind, look at the sort of failed Congressional campaign operation Rahm Emanuel ran behind the scenes through 2010 when he was in the White House, look at the President that these flat-footed bozos are still describing as progressive, when he’s anything but, and the answer is on the wall in blazing neon.
    The DLC (and its various iterations) runs the Democratic Party today, so there should be no expectation whatsoever that progressives are going to get a fair shake in Wisconsin. They will pay lip service to unions, but nothing more, because they know that unions have nowhere else to go, and Wisconsin is as much a union effort as it is anything else.
    The national Dems aren’t going to help. It’s not their interest to do so.

  2. Hmmm, sounds like they’re displaying the same kind of forcefulness Obama has shown in pushing his agenda…no wonder Dems get creamed.

  3. Montag so true and I can’t and will not vote for any of their people again, voting Green it has to start somewhere.

  4. Actually, Rahm sent out a fundraising letter before Barrett formally announced, kind of a backdoor DNC move.
    It’s going to come down to getting out the vote, who shows up on election day (or turns in their absentee ballot, hey students, I’m looking at you). It’s not about persuading voters which candidate to pick but to get them down to the poll to vote.
    So you’d think the DNC would be hep to the notion it’s best to get people motivated to do that, now and in November.

  5. Third parties, bah. Ask Americans Elect how well that’s going. Democrats aren’t perfect, no one ever said they were. But I do not want President Romney nominating the next Supreme Court justice.

  6. Democrats aren’t perfect, no one ever said they were
    And your post is further proof…
    But Sweet Flying Spaghetti Monster on toast, not THIS Republican party or candidate. They make Shrub look thoughtful and nuanced. Never thought I’d say THAT, but we’re talking one hell of a sliding scale…

  7. I can’t really agree with you montag. It is in their interest to do so, they’re just too limited to see what needs to be done, and how devastating a Walker survival will do to every Democrat running for office.
    And voting for the Green party you might as well vote for the gop.

  8. The DNC/DCCC/DLC abandoned Texas long ago. Because of their lack of support we are 95% Republican and even Liberals run as Republicans because they can’t get any money to run as Democrats. For that reason every appeal I get from the above groups goes back to them with a polite letter telling them to stuff it. I only give to candidates now. I will never again give money to the national organization.

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