Wisconsin Dems Tangle With DNC Over Walker Recall: Why is Our Side Always Infighting?

So once again, you have to scratch your head and wonder what the Democrats are thinking. Dday writes:

It’s more than a little unnerving that, at a time when Wisconsin Democrats could be talking about Scott Walker’s failed jobs record or his assault on working people, they’re spending time trying to pass the blame for potential failure onto the state and national parties.
Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — and the Democratic National Committee in particular — for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Scott Walker, I’m told [...]

“We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,” a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official tells me. “Scott Walker has the full support and backing of the Republican Party and all its tentacles. We are not getting similar support.”

“Considering that Scott Walker has already spent $30 million and we’re even in the polls, this is a winnable race,” the Wisconsin Dem continues. “We can get outspent two to one or five to one. We can’t get spent 20 to one.”
Specifically, the Wisconsin Dems wanted $500,000 for a field operation, which the DNC stonewalled. Apparently, after this post went up, the party confined its ire to the DNC, because the DGA “has already committed more to the recall fight than they’ve ever committed to a Wisconsin gubernatorial election in recent history.”

Dday thinks that Wisconsin Dems are looking at polls and have gotten cold feet and that state party ineptitude has led to this. But I also suspect the DNC doesn't really see the harm in having Scott Walker in office. After all, they won't spend any money to defeat Paul Ryan either. There are just some well connected big money Republicans that don't seem to bother them very much for some reason.


Hullabaloo / By Digby | Sourced from

Posted at May 15, 2012, 3:39am

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