Quick analysis of the June 5 election in Wisconsin
- A lot of people in Wisconsin are tired of recalls.
- While many voters have an aversion to “special interests,” they don’t exempt unions from fitting under that label.
- To win, you must have a positive vision and be able to enunciate it. It’s not enough to run against people or parties.
- Beating incumbents is, more often than not, a very a low-odds game.
- Money talks. The disparity of resources in this race was insurmountable. (Graph: Center for Public Integrity. Spending by outside groups also greatly favored Gov. Walker.)
It is time for Wisconsin Democrats to craft a new vision and a new message. The party needs to develop some new messengers, too. Finally, new strategies are needed to operate successfully in a post Citizens United environment. Narrowly winning one Senate seat and losing all the other recall races means that this round of recalls was, overall, a bad fight to pick right now.