If Vinehout wants to hop on board the endorsement train, she needs to enter the race sooner rather than later. It still feels like posturing to me – this waiting until Burke has things so solidly lined up and then saying “oh, I didn’t stand a chance against the party machine. The train was already moving so fast I couldn’t hop on.” She should be getting pledges from everyone who says they’ll support her; will you knock on doors in Green Bay? Will you make phone calls? What do you mean, exactly, when you say 100%? Because it’s easy to say you like her more than Burke. But what are you willing to do about that? Voters looking to learn more about Vinehout have ample opportunity to do so. She’s doing grassrootsy meet’n’greets all over, including one tonight in Oregon at the Firefly that will stream live here at 6pm. Check her out. Decide for yourself if you think she’d be a good candidate. And kudos to the Oregon Area Progressives for hosting.
I myself would like to see Vinehout enter the race and am likely to vote for her if she does, because I think she really gets it about the effort to privatize public schools and I have not been satisfied at all with Burke’s generic and reformy appeals to “public/private partnerships” and “accountability” etc (though total kudos to AVID/TOPS. Great program). But she needs to outline her education agenda in a crystal clear way to get my vote. I think it will come down to this issue for me. But if she wins the primary, and I’m still not satisfied, well, then I just do what I can to try to influence and share and push and shape and fight the corporatist agenda, same as now, and support her in the general election. No brainer. Hey hey. Ho ho.
And here’s the other thing: I’m not convinced that money is the only thing progressive candidates need to win.
Neither Burke nor Vinehout can dream of matching the funds that will pour in to Walker from the gabillionaires already reaping returns on their record-breaking, John-Doe-instigating first-term investments. We can’t beat that money, no matter how many scandals emerge or how many Walker cronies are found guilty of doing his bidding. Messaging is what will win. Everyday Wisconsinites need to be able to see past the propaganda and have access
to the hard facts about how cuts to education, health care, and worker rights are ruining regular people’s lives all over the state. Facts. We need to get past the spin and to the heart of the values that connect us.
This is the message I want to see: Wisconsinites are good people, who deserve to be treated well by their elected officials. They deserve to be represented by these people, who should put their needs before the needs and desires of people and groups who gave them campaign contributions. Wisconsin workers are not thugs or users or losers or fools. They are decent, hard-working people, who deserve to restore their trust in the social contract. They work hard and deserve living-wage jobs and they shouldn’t fear that the tax money they gladly pay to support our excellent schools won’t be stolen out from under them.
Dear Gov. Walker,
Ever since the recall election, the media has worked to paint a curious portrait of you as some kind of “moderate,” stressing always your someday-hopes of a bid at the presidency — assuming all that John Doe stuff goes away. Just this week, USA Today even found a UW-La Crosse professor to say that you’ve “been moving toward the middle and sounding more conciliatory.”
On the eve of your budget address, I’m writing to say we can see right through these phony new clothes. It doesn’t take X-ray vision to see that the changes you’re proposing in your second biennial budget are even more radical than the union-busting, protest-warranting, recall-inducing, school-defunding, health care-gutting, job-crushing measures of 2011. You’re just getting better at disguising them.
DuBois Bourenane immediately made a report to the Sun Prairie Police Department about the telephone threat, which came at 4 a.m. this morning. DuBois Bourenane said the threat was made by a man who wouldn’t identify himself.
DuBois Bourenane said the man told her in a deliberate but threatening tone that her life and the lives of her family were in danger because “you’ve attracted the attention of some very bad people.”
The threat comes as more evidence of the deteriorating political climate in Wisconsin, which has produced death threats for politicians of both parties and a doubling of the security budget for Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Walker, for instance, has been the subject of multiple threats.
A spokesman for the Sun Prairie police acknowledged that the report was made but could make no further comment.
“I’m confirming that it was reported that there were threats made to this person and we are investigating it,” spokesman Rem Brandt said.
OK enough already. It is time for an adult from the republican party to step up and denounce all of the vile and anger from the right that has more than bubbled over. Instead of pretending it only comes from one side(look at our blog you will find that we have denounced many acts done by the protestors of the left). It is time for someone on the right to start naming names, calling these people out and telling them to STOP.
They do not know what they have unleashed and when it boils over to someone actually being hurt they will be unable to wash their hands of the dangers they have created!
Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefish, AFP, Wisconsin Reporter, Fitgerald Brothers, Robin Vos, anyone? This is not the time for silence!