Skip to comments.A year after surviving recall, Scott Walker still faces no Democratic opponent for 2014
Posted on 06/11/2013 7:31:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
In hindsight, I think it’s safe to say the recall was what they call “overreach.” As Wisconsin Democrats gathered for their convention in one of the state’s lovely cities noted for its kind people, delicious dairy products, and unpronounceable name, they didn’t have any idea who will run against Gov. Scott Walker in 2014:
OCONOMOWOC, WI (WRN) – Wisconsin Democrats repeatedly made the argument at their state convention over the weekend that Governor Scott Walker needs to be defeated in 2014. However, there continue to be few hints about exactly who will take on that challenge in the coming months.
Speaking to delegates, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate said it does no good to give Governor Walker a target to shoot at one day sooner than we have to. Tate said Walker has a political history of not promoting his ideas on the campaign trail, but by making himself the least worst option on the ballot.
Still, Tate reassured the crowd gathered in Oconomowoc that there are several talented and qualified people considering running. Those possible contenders could include Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), a vocal critic of Walker, and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin President Mahlon Mitchell, who made an unsuccessful run last year in the recall against Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Both say that they are open to a run for governor, but those decisions are still far off in the future.
This happy face masks some disappointing news from the state’s more high-profile Democrats, who took the opportunity to officially bow out of a match-up with Walker. Congressman Ron Kind is out, and former Sen. Russ Feingold will duck the challenge for the second time in two years. Feingold was liberals’ fondest hope for a recall resurgence in 2012, but he only has eyes for the Beltway life and is holding out for a possible shot at Sen. Ron Johnson, the man who unseated him, in 2016. Backbone, y’all.
Walker is one of eight GOP governors elected in 2010 in swingy states where they’re trying to hold on for second terms.
Eight new GOP governors were elected in 2010 in states that had voted for Barack Obama two years earlier and would vote for him again two years later. (In all, triumphant Republicans carried 23 of the 37 gubernatorial races that year.) They won amid angst about high unemployment and fevered opposition to the Affordable Care Act Obama had signed that March. The same wave helped the GOP seize control of the House of Representatives in Washington.
Now these freshman Republican governors are expected to seek second terms in their solidly blue or battleground states: Florida, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
If they succeed, the consequences could be considerable. Amid Republican anguish over losing the past two presidential elections — and about losing ground among Hispanics, young people and other growing parts of the electorate — the governors could provide a blueprint for how to win, including in such quintessential swing states as Florida and Ohio.
Five of eight have declined to build state Obamacare exchanges (Martinez, Sandoval, and Snyder the exceptions, though Snyder’s is a joint project with the feds), as reported in USA Today‘s good run-down of the state of the gubernatorial races. When it comes to Medicare expansion, Martinez and Sandoval will expand while Scott, Snyder, and Kasich would like to but are being rebuffed by their Republican legislatures. Such acquiescence to the law, reviled by the constituencies that helped get them elected, is complicating their pitches, but reflective of the purple landscape on which they have to make them. USA Today offers the bottom line on those races, for the moment:
Both rate the gubernatorial races in Florida and Pennsylvania as tossups, the seats Democrats have the best chance of winning back. The UVA rankings, led by political scientist Larry Sabato, put Maine in the same category.
Both see the race in Ohio as a competitive one that now only leans Republican.
Michigan, New Mexico and Nevada are rated as leaning or likely Republican — that is, potentially competitive, but not the sort of challenge the incumbents face in the trio of tossup contests.
And the safest bet seems to be Walker, who already won what amounted to a second election in last years recall battle. In 2010, he defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by 52 percent-47 percent. In their 2012 rematch, he widened his margin to 53 percent-46 percent. He was the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall, and the first to survive it.
Meanwhile, in my home state of North Carolina, voters elected a Republican governor and Republican legislators in 2012, as the state went back to red on the heels of a notably corrupt Democratic administration with some of the worst approval ratings in recent memory.
The will of the people is annoying, though. So, liberal activists are staging weekly protests they’ve dubbed “Moral Mondays,” in which they are all inexplicably able to show up once a week during the day to gather in very loud objection to very small cuts to anything, ever. From a HuffPo contributor contributing to the string of arrests at Moral Mondays, which of course are never met with cries from media about the certain impending doom of the peaceable Republic, unlike media coverage of notably arrest-less Tea Party gatherings.
Because North Carolina refused the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, I ended up in handcuffs in the Wake County Detention Center. That was my trigger, anyway. Statistically, next year more than two thousand people in the state will die who would have lived if North Carolina had accepted federal money to give health insurance to low-income families. (That’s our share of an estimated 19,000 preventable deaths nationwide in the 14 states that have rejected the expansion.) Because the state legislature was doing that in my name, I decided I needed to stand in front of it, at least until they took me away.
Just to be clear, getting arrested was never going to be my jam. I don’t like chanting, marching, or rubbing my chafed wrists in a holding cell. I don’t like the way disagreement gets simplified. I don’t like being on the wrong side of the law. But sometimes it’s worth swallowing these things.
For that matter, I don’t really like throwing around the language of morality in public, but I had to swallow that, too. I got arrested at a Moral Monday, the name the state NAACP and a coalition of unions and churches have given to their peaceful demonstrations in Raleigh, aimed at drawing attention to the state’s Tea Party legislative agenda.
It’s important not just for North Carolina, but for the country. The issues that progressives mobilized around in 2012 haven’t gone away. They’ve just moved to the states. Places like Raleigh are the next front line in US politics.
Let’s hope so. And, let’s hope Walker is advising Gov. Pat McCrory on withstanding this kind of onslaught, and Wisconsin liberals are advising protesters on how to overreach on McCrory. Sadly, North Carolina does not offer recall, but that won’t stop them from trying! With any luck, McCrory and his supporters will be well on their way to a reelection victory thanks in part to the Moral Monday crowd.
I thought the GOP was dead?
Ssssshhhhh, be very quite. Don’t tell the Rats.
This is all HS! If they had anyone the’d be on the trail already. My bet is that most potential RAT candidates know it will be a long shot and won’t invest the time or the money. This will give Walker a platform on which to run for the Presidency and not have to give up the governorship to do so. Win-win!
Walker is a rare gem in the GOP.
He does way more than the usual woof-woof. He gets results,
Heck no. He is for Obamacare. He has been doing some liberal type things lately. I think he is trying to be friendly so he doesn’t piss off the dems. Be careful what you wish for folks.
They’ll probably trot out Kathleen Falk again, or one of the other re-treads, then lose and have something to whine about for the next four years. Liberals are never happy, you know, and since “the evil Koch Brothers own everything and Rethuglicans are killing the planet with coal and you can’t buy a cheap battery-powered car, what difference, at this point, does it make who is Governor? Just pass the bong please....”
“Heck no. He is for Obamacare”
Not according to this: http://www.healthinsurance.org/wisconsin-state-health-insurance-exchange
Really? I did not know that. Too much to keep up with for a fairly high information voter. Not from his State. Hard enough to keep up with the weasels in Indiana.
Not sure where napscoordinator gets his info from in his home state of Maryland, but Wisconsin FReepers are proud of their conservataive governor and his stand AGAINST Obamacare.
Wouldn't it be calm if we only had to keep up with our sovereign free states? Now every Senator and Representative can affect the whole fifty states.
It appears Walker is for a limited, modified Obamacare hangout?
C’mon, Mary Katherine! WE all know how to pronounce Oconomowoc — it’s phonetic!!
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
He is their democrat choice.
First, it's a link to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel --- or as we in southeastern Wisconsin call that liberal rag, the Urinal-Slantinel.
Second, it's a link to an OPINION page piece from the Urinal-Slantinel - which carries a 98% probability that the author is a left-wing loony (the Urinal-Slantinel needs to publish nutty left-wing opinion pieces to make their "straight" news stories appear less biased).
Third, the author of the opinion piece - David Reimer - has been a long-time, well-known top assistant to whoever is the Democrat mayor of Milwaukee (a soon-to-be Detroit Lite). It must have taken an entire team of proctologists to extricate Reimer from the Mayor's orifice, er, I mean office and place him at a progressive think tank.
Fourth, your proof that Gov. Scott Walker loves Obamacare (via Riemer and the Urinal-Slantinel) is that Walker has set the health care poverty line in Wisconsin at...are you ready for this?...the actual poverty line.
With this action, Walker is pushing many lower-income (but above the poverty line) individuals from Wisconsin's state-subsidized health care system onto Obamacare. Is Walker doing this because he embraces Obamacare (as Reimer suggests)? Hardly.
Walker is pushing people onto the federal Obamcare program to lower state costs, bring tax relief to Wisconsin residents AND to increase the burden on Obamacare. Combine this with Walker's refusal to set up or pay for a state Obamacare exchange and it is readily evident to most sentient individuals that Walker intends and desires burdne Obamacare into failure.
Somehow you missed that. May I suggest you resume lurking for another 9 years before making another feebly supported and non-sensical post?
Other politicians have talked more, squawked more and received more publicity, but Scott Walker has ACCOMPLISHED more than any other Republican in the country to help defeat Obamacare. Period. End of story.
burdne = burdening