I don’t mean to step on anyone’s turf over here, since the Wisconsin recall isn’t my beat. But dammitall, I read this 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 of national 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..