An Open Letter to the DNC Re: Scott Walker

Dear DNC:

Have you lost your f-in’ collective minds? I mean, WTF?!? Were you unaware that a potential watershed election was going on in Wisconsin? In case you were ignorant to that fact, we had a real opportunity to pick off perhaps the most ideologically extreme governor in the country, and we blew it. Since you either acted with egregious incompetence, or you were light on requisite information (yeah, right), let me characterize the depths of your misguidance.

For illustrative purposes, let’s start with what every politico-phile and armchair news junkie knew on Tuesday: Republican governor Scott Walker faced a recall challenge and rematch against Democrat Tom Barrett on Tuesday (elections are always on Tuesday by the way, and every idiot realizes that they should be held on Saturdays to encourage turnout). This was no ordinary race. As it turns out, it was an epic battle of good vs. evil, yang vs. yin (yes, that’s the right order for this example — have a little faith!), smart vs. ignorant, David vs. Goliath, dark vs. light, collective good vs. egocentric individuality, Lennon vs. McCartney (some might consider Lennon on the opposite side of that dichotomy, but you’re wrong! Digression: Very few single preferences can reveal as much about a person as one’s favorite Beatle… ;) ), Richards vs. Jagger…common sense vs. austerity…Huck Finn vs. Tom Sawyer (OK, that’s a stretch)…anyway, you hopefully got my point…because I could go on and on and on and on….  So, guess what happened? Evil won the day. And that leaves me wholly bemused…hence this correspondence.

What is so confusing about this whole matter is the manner in which the DNC left Tom Barrett twisting in the wind like a wet pinwheel. They allowed Barrett to be outspent byWalker7 ½ to 1! It’s just unfathomable in such a crucial election. And it has nothing to do with Barrett being such a great guy (although he may be). It has to do with the draconian and wrongheaded ideology that Scott Walker represents. And in the wake ofWalker’s triumph, it just may be virulent as well. The GOP will attempt to use this as a launching pad for November.

In addition to hurting real people and families (and the GOP claim to be pro-family…oh, that’s right…pro-wealthy family) by his union busting and austerity measures (cutting, cutting, cutting), Walker’s status as darling of the extreme right wing (a.k.a., the broad GOP these days) will encourage more of the same on the national stage. What is so wrongheaded about a little belt-tightening during hard times? Sounds reasonable…  Here’s what: IT MAKES THINGS WORSE! I will not rehash my recent post titled The GOP, Seinfeld, Woody Allen and the Case Against Austerity herein, but suffice it to say that Europe lately embarked on that odyssey and they are on the precipice of a economic calamity. So there’s direct, recent and relevant proof that austerity is not the panacea the Right claims it to be during tough economic times. Regardless of this fact, the GOP will point to Walker’s austerity program as a ticket to electoral success and attempt to emulate it….which will put them even more squarely at odds with what President Obama is trying to achieve…if that’s possible.

Walker’s win could also substantively influence the outcome inWisconsin in November, despite President Obama’s current lead in the polls (a Marquette Law School poll showed a 9% edge just last week). And let’s not forget the honest, hardworking folks of Wisconsin who have to live under Walker’s brutal regime for at least another four years.

So, DNC, can you tell me why you didn’t pull out all the stops on this one? I mean really, outspent 7 ½ to 1?  I realize you have a President to re-elect, but this is unforgivable. Let’s hope the electoral and ideological momentum you let the GOP walk away with on Tuesday isn’t infectious, or we’ll all be, well…infected.  

Respectfully,

A Concerned Citizen