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  •  Excellent point. (1+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat

    Ideology completely aside, he needs to lose on incompetence.  

    I'm not in Wisconsin, so I wouldn't know. Is Walker a "man of the people," a "nice guy you'd like to have a beer with," in the way that Ronald Reagan was? If he isn't like-able, if he's just a dick, then he's going to lose. Mitt Romney showed us how important demeanor is. I believe Mitt Romney lost, in good part, because he is a cold, cold S.O.B.. He doesn't hang out at NASCAR races or sample little old ladies' homemade cookies. If Scott Walker registers similarly in the voters' sensibility, it'll kill him, too.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:50:28 PM PST

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    •  It's not quite so easy (0+ / 0-)

      Romney got outed by the national media and exposed for what he really is.  Walker won't.  Our corporate media here has been propping up Walker and the GOP for a couple of decades.  

      Walker also doesn't speak to anyone but friendly groups - mostly business leaders and the wealthy along with Tea Party groups.  

      He doesn't even give the corporate media that has done so much for him anything more than a couple of minutes, maybe, after a photo op.  And they never ask him follow up questions - printing only what he says.

      He's sheltered, hidden, protected.  

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:09:00 PM PST

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      •  A first step might be to get very analytical. (1+ / 0-)
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        What advantages does Walker have that Romney (a connected billionaire, after all) didn't? How do we work specifically on those advantages, to neutralize them? After all, the brains are clearly on our side; so's the grassroots network.

        I just don't believe, deep-down, that the power of a few oligarchs, over inflamed and informed multitudes, can be  stable or lasting.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:32:58 PM PST

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        •  Walker is clearly worried (2+ / 0-)
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          Blue Collar, karmsy

          So worried, in fact, that he's going to pretend to be a moderate for the next 2 years.  He's already said "no" to signing Right to Work (for less), "no" to eliminating Same Day Voter Registration, and "no" to anything, as he says it, "that will incite the people and create the level of protest we have experienced".  

          Is he going to keep his word? We'll see.  I doubt it because he's got Republican control of everything.

          We're going to make Walkers live up to his ONLY campaign promise in 2010 (no, he didn't campaign on anything else which is why people are so surprised about what he did) - to create 250,000 jobs in his "first term".  2 years in and he's got about 30,000.

          And he won't get anywhere close to half his promise because he stripped away 18% of the take home pay of every public worker in Wisconsin to pay for their pension and health insurance despite public employees bargaining to keep those intact by giving up decent wage increases for the past nearly 30 years.  You can't take that amount of money out of the hands of tens of thousands of people and not fully expect a serious impact on the economy and, therefore jobs.

          We're ready.  Bring it on.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:02:07 PM PST

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