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  •  figuring out Wisconsin voters (5+ / 0-)

    As a Badger I need to point out for those from other states (and some here) that George Wallace gained a little more than one-third (almost 35 per cent)of the Democratic vote in the 1968 primary and Gene McCarthy (Peace candidate - no relation to Joe) gained 42+ %.  so you can see the state has a long tradition of polarization.

    •  ...and Wallace was openly racist (0+ / 0-)

      Unlike Walker (who does push racist policies, but doesn't talk like a racist), Wallace openly talked about being racist.

      Wallace ran probably the most overtly racist campaign in American political history back in the 1970 Alabama gubernatorial Democratic primary, when he ran against Albert Brewer, who, by Alabama standards, was a progressive Democrat. Brewer became governor after Lurleen Wallace, George's wife, died after being elected governor. Here's how racist Wallace's 1970 gubernatorial campaign in Alabama was:

      Wallace, whose presidential ambitions would have been destroyed with a defeat, ran on the very aggressive and dirty campaign using racist rhetoric while proposing few ideas of his own. The Wallace campaign aired TV ads with slogans such as "Do you want the black block electing your governor?" and circulated an ad showing a white girl surrounded by seven black boys, with the slogan "Wake Up Alabama! Blacks vow to take over Alabama." Wallace called Brewer a sissy and promised not to run for president a third time.
      Brewer won a plurality of the vote in the primary, however, because Alabama has primary runoffs, Wallace was able to defeat Brewer in the runoff.

      Also, Wisconsin, for many years, had a lot of conservative Democrats in the northern part of the state (most of them became Republicans when Tommy Thompson was Governor of Wisconsin), and that was Wallace's base in the 1968 Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin.

      "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:39:47 AM PDT

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