By now it should be clear that Scott Walker is unfit to be governor of Wisconsin. But unless he is indicted first, he is likely to survive the recall.
I say this is because his opponent is running a typical political campaign, and this is not a typical campaign. If Tom Barrett were smart, he would recognize this.
There is another way. Barrett should study the speeches of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. What they did was communicate directly to the people without using dumbed-down language and trusting their audience to understand complex ideas and the importance of an informed citizenry.
Barrett's sound bites and rhetoric are precisely what people are tired of in political candidates. The focus is on himself. He needs to focus on the people of Wisconsin, and to communicate why it's important to remove Walker.
He should explain the role of government, what is meant by progressive taxation, why it's the proper method to enact and how it can balance the budget without drastic cuts. He should explain why public sector unions are vital in ensuring a vibrant and competent pool of employees.
This election is Barrett's to lose, and as it stands, he will do exactly that. Unless he changes his approach, his political career will be over. Let's hope Barrett wakes up and starts doing some real communication.
— John Hamilton, Madison