The next Wisconsin election would be a harbinger for state and national political decimation of Republicans if one believed hundreds of articles furiously scribbed by left-leaning newspaper reporters, broadcasters and pundits.
Fast forward to May 25, less than two weeks before Gov. Scott Walker's recall election that was orchestrated by Democrats. Now Democratic Party leaders are jumping out of Wisconsin faster than a cat from a hot tin roof.
It seems recent polls indicate Republican Gov. Scott Walker may win the June 5 recall election. But nothing emphasizes the likelihood of a Walker victory more than the latest epiphany of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.).
“I think, honestly, there aren’t going to be any repercussions,” Wasserman Schultz said on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program. “It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin.”
While a deafening silence from President Obama and other leading Democrats can be heard all over the country, the sudden reversal of Wasserman-Shultz’s political waxing on Wisconsin is most telling.
In contrast to her rat-a-tat-tat freelancing about a Democratic victory with national coat tails up until now, Wasserman Shultz has flip flopped. A flurry of recent polls showing Walker leading that race may have something to do with her new tempered assessment.
Wasserman-Shultz is being criticized for her Wisconsin flame out by supporters of Democrat challenger Tom Barrett. Just a few weeks ago she gave the opposite assessment of the race.
“It’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign,” the Florida representative said of the recall elections in the battleground state on CNN’s “State of the Union”
However polls have consistantly showed Walker ahead and gaining momentum. Obviously, Wasserman-Shultz now believes her side is losing and she and other Democrats are tamping down the relevance of Wisconsin to save face should Milwaukee Mayor Barrett lose to Walker. Democrats are scurrying for political cover, some, like Obama, are going stealth while others are down-playing the importance of the Wisconsin recall elections.
Conversely, Republican strategists believe a successful defense of Walker would put them in a better position to take the Senate and White House in November. President Obama carried Wisconsin by a wide margin in 2008, but polling suggests he is barely ahead of Mitt Romney in the state five months ahead of national elections.
Public employee unions and liberal activist groups have spearheaded the effort to recall Walker with the support of the Democratic Party. Now some Democrats in Wisconsin say the DNC has been too stingy in supporting Barrett, Public opinion began to turn against the effort after a visit to the state by a campaigning President Obama. Support took another hit after militants trashed the state’s capital building.