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  •  One union leader who lives in Washington DC (8+ / 0-)

    does not speak for a Wisconsin grassroots effort to recall a governor. You can pull up every freaking interview that was made on National Public Radio and it still won’t prove anything.

    Since you don’t live in Wisconsin, you don’t have any clue about what really happened here and how the campaign really went. All you know is what you read on some blog, saw on the Ed Show or heard on the radio on your way to work.

    Rather than comparing Wisconsin to Ohio, picking fights by telling Wisconsinites they are “making excuses” and trying to prove things with quotes from a national radio station from a national labor leader, you should just stop. This is a blog. Your strategies of last year went out to cyber space and were only read by a few people in Wisconsin.

    What happened in Wisconsin was part of a much larger, nationwide conservative political plan that had been in the works a long, long time. We had no way to know what was planned or how it was going to be implemented. We were blindsided.

    Initially many people in Wisconsin thought that Obama would help, but it became very clear early on that he would not intervene. That Obama would not “put on his walking shoes" to walk with labor. Obama did not want to imperil his re-election by getting entangled in Wisconsin state politics.  Obama lost a lot of votes in Wisconsin because he didn’t help.

    We made the decision that we could do it without him and we told ourselves that Obama's intervention could make things worse. So we soldiered on and we did our best with what we had. Grassroots volunteers with paintbrushes and homemade signs vs. the billionaires.

    If it was a Hollywood movie, we would’ve won it all.

    "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

    by Sand Hill Crane on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:07:54 PM PST

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    •  Anyone who believes that Barack Obama is on the (1+ / 0-)
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      side of labor and of public sector unions does not know what he or she is talking about.  He and Arne Duncan are pursuing education policies that are unjustifiable in terms of improving education and only serve the forces that are trying to end public sector unions, e.g. teachers' unions.  Barack Obama is completely two-faced because he vacuums up money from public sector union members and he knows that.  But he does not serve their interests, in fact he promotes policies that oppose their interests.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 03:41:06 AM PST

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