Obama campaigns for Barrett … sort of

posted at 12:41 pm on June 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, on one hand, it’s more robust than last night’s single Tweet.   On the other hand, an Election Day e-mail blast isn’t exactly wrapping your arms around an ally:

President Barack Obama followed up his tweet in support of Mayor Tom Barrett’s efforts to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today with a blast email to Wisconsin email lists beloning to his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Sent early Tuesday morning, the email says Barrett has “been a dedicated congressman and a great mayor, and he would make an outstanding governor for Wisconsin,” but makes no mention of Walker. The email’s late timing means it’s unlikely to make much of a difference in an election that has dominated airwaves with tens of millions of advertising dollars.

BuzzFeed has a screen grab of the e-mail itself, which never mentions why Wisconsin voters should recall Scott Walker.  It just says that Tom Barrett would “make an outstanding governor,” an issue that Wisconsin voters settled in 2010, when Barrett lost to Walker.

A better question to ask today would be why Obama suddenly felt it necessary to participate at all.  He had made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with this race, avoiding the state entirely while flying over it — twice — on Friday.    The conventional wisdom was that Obama wants to avoid making Wisconsin’s recall election relevant at all to his own re-election bid.  Now he’s managed to do that by getting involved almost literally at the last minute, after close to 200,000 absentee ballots have already been cast, and in the least effective manner possible.  An e-mail blast won’t convince anyone to run down to their polling station and cast a ballot for Barrett at this late stage who hadn’t already planned to do so, and a Barrett loss will now get linked to Obama directly.  It’s a lose-lose proposition, which means that Obama must have felt compelled to do something to deal with rising anger over his inaction on behalf of the recall.

Barrett needs a big turnout today from public-sector employees to win the recall.  However, Watchdog.org wonders whether these PEU members have actually listened to Barrett’s proposals.  His 2010 “Put Madison on a Diet” plan, which Barrett endorsed again yesterday, would have cut benefits for public employees much more deeply than Scott Walker did with Act 10 by driving compensation into parity with the private sector:

If Barrett wins Tuesday and follows through on his pay equality objective, state workers could be in for a shock.

Even after Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 reforms — legislation to curtail collective bargaining rights and require public workers to pay more for pensions and health care — public employees still fare much better than their private counterparts.

A May 30 study by American Enterprise Institute‘s Andrew Biggs, resident scholar, and Jason Richwine, senior policy analyst, showed that “pension benefits for Wisconsin public employees are roughly 4.5 times more valuable than private sector levels while health benefits are about twice as generous as those paid by larger private sector Wisconsin employers.”

In all, the report said, public workers make about 22 percent more than the state’s private employees.

To put all workers on a level playing field, public workers would be in for a drastic benefit and compensation cut.

“In dollar terms, the average Wisconsin state worker after Act 10 receives total compensation including benefits equal to $81,637 versus $67,068 for a similarly-skilled private worker, a difference of $14,569,” wrote the researchers from the think tank.

We’ll see.  Some anecdotal reports hint at a big turnout in today’s recall election, but Madison — the center of Barrett’s public-sector support –might be lagging.  This report might be one reason why, if so.


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Hurry up and vote present dammit!

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Well now we know…………..THE DEVIL (that wears Prada) SUPPORTS OBAMA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Wintour

Maybe that’s why Barrett doesn’t want the Devil endorsed Obama in Wisconsin?

PappyD61 on June 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

whaddya expect me to do? Suck it up with a straw?

err oops, wrong thread./

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Obama…the toxic revenger?

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The Devil came down to Madison?

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Trolls seem quiet and pensive today. Somber. They don’t like Hope and Change?

a capella on June 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Looks like “you’re on your own” in this one, Tommy B.

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Is it too early to start drinking?

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Trolls seem quiet and pensive today. Somber. They don’t like Hope and Change?

a capella on June 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

they’re afraid that their non-stimulus funded bridges are going to collapse today….//

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

but Madison — the center of Barrett’s public-sector support –might be lagging.

Please, Madison might be lagging on purpose, it’s where all the “found” votes will come from sometime around midnight tonight once they know how many they need.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

All the hard core Wisconsin liberals are staying home today pleasuring themselves while they read 0bama’s letter to them over and over.

pedestrian on June 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Is it too early to start drinking?

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

dude; this is Wisconsin we’re talking about……

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Last night’s Luntz gathering proved how scroomed WI and the land is.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Is it too early to start drinking?

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Yes – you want to really celebrate tonight. Keep the good stuff stashed away, until you know for sure. Desperate rats and snakes are…dangerous.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Every move Obama makes is the wrong one. And yet he is supposed to be so brilliant, we can barely gaze at him without being blinded.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Almost 7 p.m. in Warsaw…they got a head start on us.

Na zdrowie!

Never to early to start…

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

If the parking lot next to your Wisconsin polling place is full of vans and buses from Illinois, then you’ll know it’s close.

RBMN on June 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Last night’s Luntz gathering proved how scroomed WI and the land is.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yes, but Pat Caddell made more sense than ever. A Democrat that I can respect.

JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Scott Walker is the beginning of the end for unions and union-control over politics in America….I hope he sweeps in a landslide.

Tom Barret? Who?

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

on a DC morning talk show this morning (chris plante’s) a regular caller, a trucker from MI, called in and said he had boarded a bus (as an interloper) in detroit this morning. that he was being provided lunch, and some walkin around money. there were a total of 4 buses. and they were headed to WI to vote. wonder how many total of those buses are headed into WI right now.

t8stlikchkn on June 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Trolls seem quiet and pensive today. Somber. They don’t like Hope and Change?

a capella on June 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Yeah, its quiet…too quiet.

cozmo on June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Well now we know…………..THE DEVIL (that wears Prada) SUPPORTS OBAMA THE DEVIL WHO WEARS MOM JEANS.

PappyD61 on June 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Fixed that for ya.

UltimateBob on June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

t8stlikchkn on June 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

But, according to the DoJ, there is no voter fraud among Democrats…only voter suppression among Republicans?

otherwise, Holder and company would be all over this…l

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

on a DC morning talk show this morning (chris plante’s) a regular caller, a trucker from MI, called in and said he had boarded a bus (as an interloper) in detroit this morning. that he was being provided lunch, and some walkin around money. there were a total of 4 buses. and they were headed to WI to vote. wonder how many total of those buses are headed into WI right now.

t8stlikchkn on June 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

videocams at the ready….

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Is it too early to start drinking?
JPeterman on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

You should never drink before dinner. Actually, you should never drink before lunch.

(See what I did there?)

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

A better question to ask today would be why Obama suddenly felt it necessary to participate at all. He had made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with this race, avoiding the state entirely while flying over it — twice — on Friday.

What hasn’t been mentioned is that those fundraisers in MN and IL were no doubt in the planning for months and that they were specifically scheduled to coincide with the WI recall election so that Obama could swoop in and take a pre-victory lap with Barrett (or whomever won the right to challenge Walker).

That Obama decided to skirt WI on this trip speaks volumes about what the campaign thinks is going to happen today.

Good news.

TXUS on June 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Obama First President Ever To Tweet On State Recall
 
- Potential MSM Headline

rogerb on June 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If the parking lot next to your Wisconsin polling place is full of vans and buses from Illinois, then you’ll know it’s close.

RBMN on June 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Indeed. I’ve got a bad feeling about the results, that the Left will be stuffing ballot boxes…hope I’m wrong, or that it’s just Allah’s eeyorish tendencies rubbing off.

changer1701 on June 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

President Barack Obama followed up his tweet in support of Mayor Tom Barrett’s efforts to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today with a blast email to Wisconsin email lists beloning to his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

…was it JugEars who followed up…or was it candidate Axlerot?

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Call it the Tommy Barrett Show, guest starring Barack Obama… live, via Tweet!

Logus on June 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Obama, the First Gay, Tweeting President.

TXUS on June 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

All the hard core Wisconsin liberals are staying home today pleasuring themselves while they read 0bama’s letter to them over and over.

pedestrian on June 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

..this is at once the funniest yet most troubling image of this whole recall election.

The War Planner on June 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Lessee my email . . .

- Viagra? Don’t need.
- Nigerian ponzi scheme. Delete.
- Phishing missive? No.
- Obama email? Spam.

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Ok what went unsaid is the explicit certainty of obummer’s toxicity. Both in 2010 and now. The stakes are too high for obummer to go in person and endorse Barrett when the polls do not reflect a slam dunk win for the demoncrats. Guess he’ll have to choom for something else.

jake49 on June 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Exactly. The grand prize is breaking the vicious cycle of confiscated union dues being used to elect demoRats who in return reward goonions with over generous benefit packages and lucrative contracts, all at taxpayer expense.

antipc on June 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“Mr. President, if you could please fill this out quickly and get it back to me that would be great.
Thanks,
Axe man”

It’s Election Day, and polls are open across________________.

Click here to find your polling place, then go cast your vote for __________________.

______ has spent his career fighting for ___________________ for _________________. He’s been a dedicated _____________ and a great _______________, and he would make an outstanding ____________ for the state of ____________.

Let’s send ______ to ___________ and get back to work moving ___________ forward.

Thanks,

Your Name Here

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

“State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, sent a letter to Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy asking for an investigation into that alleged call and another that claimed the election was Wednesday.

An announced many many times Tuesday election suddenly rescheduled to Wednesday? If the alleged calls were indeed made, and the “voters” fell for this they are really too stupid to be allowed to vote.

From the press I’ve seen in the past few days, seems the Dems are priming the pump to be able to declare an invalid election the minute it becomes apparent that Walker has swept the state. Then the Chicago machine will kick in…

Precursor to November indeed.

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Trolls seem quiet and pensive today. Somber. They don’t like Hope and Change?

a capella on June 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Yeah, its quiet…too quiet.

cozmo on June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

They are busy running from polling place to polling place casting ballet after ballet…

climbnjump on June 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Bark’s support would have been a lot more effective and memorable if he had sat on Bartlett’s shoulders while they water-skied through the Wisconsin Dells.

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Obama, the First Gay, Tweeting President.

TXUS on June 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

unexpectedly unprecedented

t8stlikchkn on June 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Team Dope and Mange would probably fill out the form wrong.

UltimateBob on June 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Yeah, its quiet…too quiet.

cozmo on June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Like the final battle from “Platoon” when the grunts are waiting for the VC to attack.

“DUN DUn Dun dun dun dun”….*wind blows lightly through the trees….”DUN DUn Dun dun dun dun……”

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Classic Alynsky…BTW Ted, when are you going to stop abusing your wife?

kirkill on June 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Wisconsin Recall Election

Complete-Team- Coverage of the historic recall election against Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Your images, tweets, videos and thoughts about the recall election.

Madison turnout @ 26%-that surpasses turnout for presidential election. (so far) It could be higher than 100% b/c new voters are registering
WISCTV News 3

http://www.channel3000.com/news/politics/recall/-/12530062/14477764/-/wnug7h/-/index.html

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Obama, the First Gay, Tweeting President.

TXUS on June 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

We can all play here!

Obama, the First Gay, Choom Gang, Tweeting POTUS.

kirkill on June 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

They are busy running from polling place to polling place casting ballet after ballet…

climbnjump on June 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Why the sudden interest in dancing?

pedestrian on June 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

BuzzFeed has a screen grab of the e-mail itself, which never mentions why Wisconsin voters should recall Scott Walker.

Obama doesn’t know how to mention Walker without sounding petty and screwing the whole thing up. Remember the MA Senate race, when he dropped in at the last minute said that he didn’t know much about Brown and announced that ‘anyone can drive a truck’? He’d do something just as stupid in WI. Who knows? Maybe, after 4 years, he finally learned something…

joejm65 on June 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Politico is reporting the robo calls natch

cmsinaz on June 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

They are busy running from polling place to polling place casting ballet after ballet…

climbnjump on June 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Why the sudden interest in dancing?

pedestrian on June 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I’ve always been interested in dancing. Now, where did I put my ballot shoes???

climbnjump on June 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Yeah, its quiet…too quiet.

cozmo on June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

cozmo:They called out the reserves????!(sarc)
==============================================

Milwaukee calls in extra poll workers amid heavy turnout
June 5 12:07PM
***************

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/157252905.html#!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Why the sudden interest in dancing?

pedestrian on June 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Holdover from Rahm Emanuel’s staff???

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Breitbart reports a very heavy turnout.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

But of course Sen Taylor won’t contact the GAB about the shame-your-neighbor voting lists. Hypocrite much?

the_schmoo on June 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Please, Madison might be lagging on purpose, it’s where all the “found” votes will come from sometime around midnight tonight once they know how many they need.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Now that you mention it, that’s a common proggie tactic in stealing elections. Hold a bunch until the last half-hour in a precinct run by friendlies, then send them in to overwhelm the polls. Go to a friendly pre-selected judge and demand a court order to keep that poll location open. That way they can wait for other returns to come in, so they know how much to steal.

This is a regular event in East St. Louis.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Very very heavy turnout:

http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/157225435.html

Election official: turnout ‘going to be very, very high’

“We’re hearing reports of strong voter turnout. I got a report out of Oconomowoc; it took an hour to get through the line at 7:15 a.m.” said the Government Accountability Board’s Reid Magney.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

“We’re hearing reports of strong voter turnout. I got a report out of Oconomowoc; it took an hour to get through the line at 7:15 a.m.” said the Government Accountability Board’s Reid Magney.

As if Wisconsitonians know how to tell time.

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Meanwhile………………………………..

@AlexNBCNews tweeted:

@RepPaulRyan is not in his home state of WI today for the #wisconsinrecall — rather in NC & DC — a spokesman said Ryan voted absentee

Submitted 10 mins ago from twitter.com

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM