National Democrats Already Giving Up On Walker Recall?

The head of the Democratic National Committee doesn’t really seem all that concerned with the outcome of the Wisconsin Recall Elections:

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Friday that if Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) doesn’t prevail over Gov. Scott Walker (R) in next month’s Wisconsin recall election, there won’t be any ramifications for Democrats nationally.

“I think, honestly, there aren’t going to be any repercussions,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in a broad-ranging interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers.”

“It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin. It’s an election that I think is important nationally because Scott Walker is an example of how extreme the tea party has been when it comes to the policies that they have pushed the Republicans to adopt,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But I think it’ll be, at the end of the day, a Wisconsin-based election, and like I said, across the rest of the country and including in Wisconsin, President Obama is ahead.”

Given the recent polling, it’s not really a surprise that the DNC would try to down play the repercussions of an unsuccessful recall. In fact, it’s been clear for weeks now that national Democrats aren’t nearly as enthusiastic about this election as they appeared to be during the height of the protests in Madison last year. One sign of that can be seen in the general reluctance that the DNC has shown to put money behind the recall effort. If they thought they had a chance of winning the recall, one doubts they’d be nearly so reluctant. As I’ve noted, Wisconsin voters seem to be sick of the recalls at this point and, with the economy improving, Walker’s approval ratings have been rising. People I’ve talked to who are on the ground in Wisconsin say that the momentum now is clearly on the GOP’s side, and it would likely take a major event to change that. At this point, I’d be surprised if Walker was defeated.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Dodd says:

    Already? They gave up quite some time ago. DWS is just playing defense with her (utterly predictable) spin (as if she wouldn’t claim total victory in her tireless fight again the (non sequitur alert) Tea Party if Barrett were somehow to win).

  2. Dean says:

    File this under the heading of “All Politics is Local”…unless we win.

    And both parties do it.

  3. Dave Schuler says:

    Failure is an orphan.

  4. G.A. says:

    At this point, I’d be surprised if Walker was defeated.

    Me too but there is always massive voter fraud, bought and paid for Judges who also happen to be unionist ideologues, and a none stop barrage of 100% Alinsky/Obama type personal attack lie adds. So we shall pray for victory and for Walker to finally get going as we get ready to recall Barret in a year God forbid…

  5. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @G.A.: do you ever look at the world through something other than an old green glass Coke bottle?

  6. G.A. says:

    do you ever look at the world through something other than an old green glass Coke bottle?

    I could not come up with the loot for some glasses(No Obamacare yet) so I made a monocle out of one so I could see things like my Republican heroes…. So no.

  7. Tsar Nicholas says:

    I never really understood the unions’/DNC’s strategy. Incumbents are tough to beat. The prior year’s slate of recalls in WI was underwhelming and even then there were indications of voter fatigue. Why take the risk of handing the GOP momentum in a critical swing state in advance of Obama’s bid? This effort from the get-go has had law of unintended consequences written all over it.

  8. Eric Florack says:

    Essentially, this is the Democrat Party trying to cut their losses.
    The effort to recall Walker is a complete disaster for them. Their “giving up” is a strategic move designed to minimize the linkage of the lost there and the upcoming national actions.

    If the republicans are smart, they will play up the linkage.