This past weekend at the DPW Convention, I became convinced more than ever that Scott Walker will have a very tough time beating Tom Barrett this November. Why? Because of several things.
Listening to Barrett’s speech on Saturday, it was impressive to see how fired up he was. He was committed to go above and beyond and truly make an impact with the crowd, of which he succeeded. He kept firing off the issues that make him the better candidate over any Republican, especially Walker. That should concern the Walker camp, since right now they’re embattled with an in-party fight with Mark Neumann over who should be the Republican nominee. While Barrett could easily sit it out and let the Republicans duke it out, he’s choosing to get right in it.
Walker and the Republicans should be concerned about the whole “jobs” issue Barrett is successfully touting for himself. I think that’s why Walker’s so heavy on this “Brown Bag Movement” and Neumann is hyped on conservatism. Barrett and the Democrats are essentially yanking the jobs topic away from the Republicans in an effective manner. Barrett’s jobs ad shows how successful he has been in Milwaukee. Furthermore, whenever Republicans attempt to make Barrett a big bad guy with state business giants like MillerCoors or Harley-Davidson, the corporations themselves calm things down and end up making Republicans look foolish. If Milwaukee big businesses end up rallying behind Barrett, that’s a bad sign for Walker. It can happen too – Walker’s positions, especially on mass transit and high speed rail, are totally against what businesses in the Milwaukee region have been asking…demanding…for years.
Ultimately, it comes down to what the people of Wisconsin want. To be frank, I think the businesses and residents of this state want a person to truly promote the American Dream and continually put Wisconsin in a good light. The notion that Wisconsinites should rally behind a politician who promotes driving in an old Saturn and brown bag lunches is absurd, to say the least. Americans since 1776 have always had the motivation and the dream to be prosperous and successful, and to never stop until those goals are achieved in their lives. What Walker is promoting is to basically stall that American Dream for the entire State of Wisconsin. Why try to get a Cadillac when an old Saturn is all you need? Why bother with places like the Cheesecake Factory when all you need is a brown bag lunch? Wisconsinites will be finding out sooner rather than later that the brown bag mentality isn’t necessarily the mentality a state needs in order to achieve great success in landing new businesses, jobs and technologies.
That’s why we need Tom Barrett as our next governor.