(05-15-2011 01:43 PM)Willinois Wrote: I don't know why people are so worried. Obama won Wisconsin with a comfortable 56.3%. He'll win it again in '12. Unions and the left there are energized and ready to fight next year. We only need a candidate who can harness that enthusiasm. It's a great chance for Feingold to make a comeback or to nominate a progressive-populist rising star.
If Feingold steps in, I'm not as worried. Still worried, just not as worried.
Other than that, I'm worried because I'm not convinced this energy maintains itself enough to overcome the very real roadblocks Republicans have put in the way of Democrats in Wisconsin. The power of the union is in the power of its organizational ability. It will lose a significant piece of that if Walker's union busting law goes into effect.
If the DCCC could devote a sizable portion of its resources and energy to Wisconsin, things might be different, but that's not the case. We have a lot of states among which resources will be divided just defending current, questionable seats. The addition of having to fight for seats that were previously safe is not an improvement, no matter how you look at it.