"0ne of those pathetic bloggers who tries to make a living out of attacking other bloggers and media folk in an effort to illicit a reaction and draw traffic to his site." -- Owen Robinson of Boots and Sabers
He's certainly trying hard, spinning hard that it's a failure in wake of recent floods (and crying "media conspiracy" when confronted with facts that argue otherwise) and trying to stick the "Wisconsin's biggest polluter" label on Tom Barrett. Charlie has been on topic for at least two weeks, including on Sunday INCITE!, an impressive level of focus for Chuck (who often says he isn't going to let an issue go ... and then does). A level of focus, that suggests at least to the Brawler, that he may be in cahoots with others who see it as a potential knock on Barrett and counter to the "Walker is incompetent" theme.
Bruce Murphy seriously put the smack down on Charlie on this issue a couple years ago. He noted that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's taking a more fact-based approach to Deep Tunnel took the oxygen out of Charlie's rhetoric. One wonders if that will hold. After all, a misleading ad inspired by this misleading ad would be pretty easy to pump out.
It's pretty much conventional wisdom on the right and the left that African-American turnout will plummet in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election because Obama isn't on the ticket.
I agree with the Chief, contra Wigderson, that if this were to happen it would not be as important as it was in Virginia. I wonder if the dropoff will be as steep as some assume.
Why's that? Simple. If we're talking the African American vote in Wisconsin, for all intents and purposes we're talking about Milwaukee. And there are any number of Milwaukee politicians who will be jockeying for Barrett's City Hall job should he be elected governor. Said pols are likely mindful that the mayor job is likely Barrett's for as long as he wants it -- or if he's elected to a bigger gig.
Suffice it to say these pols are going to be highly motivated to activate their supporters and networks to get out the vote. They're going to want to position themselves as the guy (or gal) that put Barrett over the top.
Electing Tom Barrett as governor of Wisconsin is the first, necessary step to getting the first elected African-American mayor of Milwaukee. True, that's not as powerful as the Obama effect. But it's still a strong motivator nonetheless. Do I expect African-American turnout to drop? Sure. But I wouldn't bet on a precipitous decline.