The left leaning Cheddarsphere and social media in Wisconsin are all a twitter after Mike Tate released his statement that Wisconsin voters don’t care about the allegations of a Walker controlled ” criminal scheme “contained in the John Doe II document dump. People are outraged that Tate would say such a thing, but the real outrage in Tate’s statement isn’t a seeming indifference to the allegations against Walker, but rather his remarks that the Burke campaign knocked on 3,000 doors. What’s outrageous about that?
In this particular instance Burke and Tate got it right. Last Saturday was supposed to be a statewide canvass reaching out to the drop-off voters Burke will need to win in November. We know there are plenty enough of them to defeat Walker, as evidenced by the Obama/Baldwin win in 2012. We also know that the single most effective method of persuading voters to come out is through face to face contact, hence the attempt by the Burke campaign to organize a canvass to find and talk to them.
The outrage here is that, relatively speaking, almost no one showed up to do the work. 3,000 doors? That’s it? Across the entire state? After 3 1/2 years of Scott Walker in office we can’t find enough canvassers to cover more than 3,000 doors across the entire state of Wisconsin? Now that’s outrageous.
We’ve got all kinds of people who are willing to sing songs in the rotunda, camp and pow wow in the Penokee Hills, stand on bridges with signs, post damning articles on facebook and the blogs, attend monthly party meetings, go to see a left leaning documentary film or hear a left leaning speaker at the local library, but no one wants to grab some flyers and talk to their neighbors about why it’s so very, very important to the future of Wisconsin that we defeat Scott Walker in November?
Forget about Tate, the DPW, Mary Burke, John Doe, whomever or whatever, for now. There’s nothing more important to the future of this state than defeating Scott Walker in November. Nothing. And if you’re too tired, too demoralized ( poor thing ) too busy, or just plain too squeamish to do the work necessary to defeat him, then we deserve him for another four years.
John Doe isn’t going to ride to our rescue in November. It’s going to be up to you and me. So I suggest we all get off of our asses and get at it. And after we’ve defeated Walker we can start talking about what to do with Mike Tate and Mary Burke.