As I’ve been ruminating over the results of last week’s election, I’ve been critical of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate (see HERE and HERE), and while some of my criticism of Tate was unfair, I do think it’s important to have a discussion about what we Democrats want to see from our party and its leadership moving forward.
However, I have to agree with Jim Rowen of The Political Environment that Mary Burke should be thanked for her run against Gov. Scott Walker, a run that subjected her to vicious personal attacks and smears not only at the hands of a conservative machine hell-bent on seeing Gov. Walker reelected, but also at the hands of so-called “progressives” who would have preferred their “fantasy candidate” or who disapproved of the way Burke entered the race as the presumed preferred candidate of the Democratic establishment.
Mary Burke has said she will not run again for statewide office.
Georgetown University. Harvard Business School. Hands-on corporate experience. Board service for non-profits.
You don’t see too many people with resumes like that in our state willing to lay it all on the line.
I give Mary Burke all the credit in the world for running for Governor.
In an off-year cycle without the benefit of the presidential campaign.
Against an unprincipled, narcissistic, careerist incumbent with access to power and money and a coordinated media and organizational machine for which he shills that her side could never match.
A machine which swift-boated her.
I’m not getting involved in the criticism made by others against Democratic Party officials, or Burke ‘handlers,’ or advisers, or strategies.
It’s Monday-morning quarterbacking.
I am saying that people ought to thank and support Mary Burke for making the run, for putting up with the crap and the inevitable personal destruction which came her way.
You and I feel badly about the outcome; imagine how she feels.
I do not blame Mary Burke for saying one-and-done for statewide races.
I believe Mary Burke’s defeat at the hands of Scott Walker was due to two main factors: the amount of money spent by conservatives to tear her down and a failure on the part of her campaign staff to properly message. Case in point would be the Burke campaign’s severely delayed response to Gov. Walker’s statement during the first gubernatorial debate that Wisconsin doesn’t have a “jobs problem.” While the Burke campaign was quick to attack Gov. Walker for the statement, it took nearly a week (an eternity during a campaign) before the Burke campaign had an ad on TV criticizing Gov. Walker’s statement.