Looking Ahead to 2012
The day after the President’s press secretary admitted he didn’t know whether the President was even aware of the results of the recall elections in Wisconsin, requests from the Obama 2012 campaign to start volunteering are coming in droves. That’s rich, Mr. President. Really.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is strong, organized, and frankly, deserving of more than a half-assed statement in February about union workers being “our friends…but everybody has to make adjustments.” Neglecting your base is a bad strategy and ignoring people until you need something from them is bad manners.
I fully appreciate that Obama has a lot on his plate right now. It’s impossible, however, for me to make excuses for his failure to at least be aware of the results of historic elections; that’s just sloppy. The only help I can currently bear to offer is a reminder that Wisconsinites are an energetic, dedicated group. And we vote. In fact, in 2008, we had the second-highest voter turnout in the country. But a lot of us also believe that you should keep your promises if you want to keep your friends.