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  •  There's been a draft movement... (5+ / 0-)

    ...to convince Barca to run for Governor in 2014. In a hypothetical Barca-Kind primary, Barca, due to being seen more favorably by the statewide Democratic primary electorate in Wisconsin as well as being more "in the loop" in regards to state matters, would be strongly favored to win the Democratic nomination to the point that Kind would be better off to bail out of the race altogether.

    Waukesha progressive blogger Lisa Mux wrote about the "Draft Barca" movement on her blog.

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    by DownstateDemocrat on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:34:13 PM PST

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    •  Interesting. I like Peter Barca but... (3+ / 0-)
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      ..my gut tells me that Kind is who the WI Dem Party would be more comfortable with based on the rural-people-dig-guns thing [whether real or imagined].  And he has the rugged good looks going for him and better name recognition and hasn't had a million pictures taken of him raising his fist in the air for unions.  Dems will want to play it safe and Centrist.  Also - I'm curious - you're positive that they won't trot out Barrett one more time?  Logic would say "no they won't".  But it's not garden variety logic at work here.

      •  I've never understood the WI Dems' logic (3+ / 0-)
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        If they trot out Barrett for a third time, he'd probably get blown out in the Democratic primary. It would be easy for another Democrat to primary Barrett and label him as a "perennial candidate". Barrett won his first two Democratic gubernatorial primaries with 91% of the vote in 2010 and 58% of the vote in 2012, respectively. That's quite the downward trend.

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        by DownstateDemocrat on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:12:40 PM PST

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      •  barca-kind (0+ / 0-)

        I also think that Kind is preferred candidate.  I like that state dems are putting resources in western and northern Wisconsin.  I hope that it helps in the Supreme Court race this April.  Do you believe that Kind could rack up nice margins in La Crosse, Eau Claire, and the rest of Western Wisconsin?  Not that familiar with that part of the state.  Milwaukee and Madison are good for at least a net of 200,000 votes.  Would Barca net more votes from Kenosha County than Kind from Western Wisconsin?  Barrett is a non-factor- he will not run again.

        •  Western WI will vote for Kind, but "charismatic" (1+ / 0-)
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          is not a word I would use to describe his campaign style.  I am not sure he can "out-rhetoric" lying-lips Walker.  

          Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

          by ranton on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:57:41 PM PST

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          •  There's not too many WI Dems who have charisma (0+ / 0-)

            Kind has a bit more charisma than Barrett, but that isn't saying much.

            Also, Scott Walker just waded into sensitive social issues big time...we need someone who is willing to bring up social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, on the campaign trail. The only Wisconsin Democrat I know of who would be willing to bring up social issues on the campaign trail, and be even remotely electable statewide, would be Dane County Supervisor Jenni Dye, and she's not running for governor.

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            by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:24:36 AM PST

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            •  How did the WIS-Dem star-pool get so dismal? (0+ / 0-)

              Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

              by ranton on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:51:33 PM PST

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