Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Recall Rally On November 19

From the inbox:
Citing upside-down gubernatorial approval ratings and broad public support of a recall, We Are Wisconsin has announced that they will kick off their recall petition drive with a major rally on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m., at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

“From the outset of his campaign, Scott Walker has engaged Wisconsinites in a high-stakes shell game,” said Kristen Crowell, Executive Director of We Are Wisconsin.

“He promised our state jobs; he instead increased the state unemployment rate, eviscerated workers' rights and collective bargaining, rewarded his wealthy corporate backers, underfunded our schools, and brutally divided our state.”

According to Crowell, Walker’s tactics have resulted in his upside-down approval ratings. “Scott Walker has championed the kind of extreme politics and naked cronyism that we’re just not used to reading about in the Wisconsin State Journal. It’s just not how we do business here.

“That’s why the majority of Wisconsinites disapprove of Walker’s job performance, and it’s why he will be the first Wisconsin governor to be recalled. From Beloit to Superior, Wisconsinites have made it clear that the Walker Way is not the Wisconsin Way.”
I have to say that I think this is a rather foolish thing to do.

 Oh, I understand the warm fuzzies that come from gathering with tens or even hundreds of thousands of like-minded people and the need to get people pumped up for the task at hand.

But that is exactly my issue.

The task will be at hand by then and they should be focusing on getting boots on the ground the minute the paperwork has been filed. If they need to have a rally, why not this coming weekend before the recall kicks off?


  1. What's wrong with you - they will get a gazillion signatures at that rally that day. Surely many more than any other group or location gets that day (and probably the entire drive).

    They will also get others motivated - this is not going to be easy.

    Its easy to criticize and you are welcome to not attend and work the field.

    But you $100 bucks folks getting sigs at that rally that day get more signatures than you, probably be a factor of at least 10.

  2. I would hope that scores of signature collectors could outdo one person.

    But here's somethings for you to think on, Bunky.

    One, most of the people at the rally will probably have already signed a petition. While I agree that they'll get quite a few, it won't be a gazillion.

    Two, the GOP will have a field day saying that it was only the "wacky lefty Madisonians" that signed the petition and will use that against the recall effort and the subsequent election.

    It is also alienating a lot of people that aren't in the Madison area.

    If you have to have a rally, then you should have several all across the state - Milwaukee, Janesville, Green Bay, Wausau, Kenosha, Superior, etc.

    But I bet that we could easily set up rallies in the unions halls across the state and get a helluva lot more signatures at a fraction of the cost of the rally.

    You're right in that it will not be easy, which makes it all the more important that we do it smart. But they already dropped that ball, didn't they?