Obama Endorses Barrett. On Twitter.

President Obama finally made his preference in the Wisconsin Recall election known via an early evening tweet yesterday:

On the eve of Tuesday’s election to recall Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, President Barack Obama declared his support for Walker’s Democratic rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, via Twitter.

Obama tweet read: “It’s Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I’m standing by Tom Barret. He’d make an outstanding governor. -bo.”

This led the Wisconsinite Chairman of the RNC to respond:

The single tweet gave Republicans a chance to remind people that, while Obama may back Barrett, he hasn’t campaigned for him personally.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, replied to Obama on Twitter: “Bold tweet from the President who wouldn’t actually campaign with him or step foot in Wisconsin.”

Yes, that  was rather conspicuous wasn’t it?


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  1. Given Obama’s history with special election endorsements, this could just be his way of making it official that Scott Walker will win today. ;>

  2. John Burgess says:

    We’ve found a new definition of minimal engagement.

  3. Drew says:

    I dont understand the surprise. Can we hear it again? Pres Obama, how do you vote?


  4. Hey Norm says:

    strikes me as a damned if you do damned if you don’t situation.
    my guess is rienah prius wasn’t going to congratulate obama on his stand no matter what.
    and we know doug hates him.

  5. Tsar Nicholas says:

    The spin cycle tonight on cable TV will be hilarious.

  6. John Peabody says:

    No confidence. At a live rally, don’t people say, “He WILL be an outstanding governor!”? This is just so sad. “He’d be…that is, well, you know, if he should happen to win…well, yeah, he’d be outstanding, but…oh, well.”

  7. Herb says:

    @Hey Norm: “strikes me as a damned if you do damned if you don’t situation.”

    Based on some of the comments here, yeah….sure seems like it. “Endorse…don’t endorse. Doesn’t matter. We’re gonna mock Obama either way.”

    For what it’s worth, Barrett was on CNN this morning saying he didn’t want Obama’s help. May have been positioning….who knows? I do think it’s pretty obvious that he and his team played this poorly, especially the way he kept saying “This is about Wisconsin. It’s not a national thing.”

    Um….Tom, hate to break it to you, but….it ain’t about Wisconsin. It is a national thing. Indeed, I think Walker’s got more support from non-residents than in-state voters, and his Wisconsin supporters? They’re about to clean your clock.