Priebus Says Walker Wins
May 3, 2012
For whatever it’s worth, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus argues that Governor Walker will probably beat the recall, and that the recall effort will hurt President Obama’s chances in Wisconsin in November:
I think the Democrats in Wisconsin have been unbelievably foolish, and I can’t imagine that the Obama administration is too thrilled with what they’re doing up there. What they’re doing is gambling with the presidency in a major way, and here’s why.
First, Democrats didn’t get their [preferred] candidate to run. They’re stuck with two people who have perfected the art of losing statewide elections. Between Tom Barrett and Kathy Falk, they may have lost more statewide elections than any pair in the entire country.
(Barrett was defeated in his bids for governor in 2002 and 2010; Falk was defeated in her bids for governor in 2002 and for state attorney general in 2006.)
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So they’re going to flush $30 million down the drain, and then they’re going to come back four months later and try to win the state for Barack Obama.
Wisconsin’s a must-win for Obama; it isn’t for us. . . .
My guess is that they’re going to lose badly in June. They’ll likely have a shake-up there among the Democrats, and I think they’re going to lose Wisconsin in November, largely because of this silly miscalculation.
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After the primary, you’re not going to hear the Democrats mention collective bargaining again, because it doesn’t motivate people. It puts them to sleep.
More about that among other things in this interview with National Review Online.
Maybe it’s his job to make our chances sound good; he is the party chairman, after all. I guess we’ll see how things turn out.
Related entry: “Save Scott Walker”