It’s important to remember, as Democrats cope with their failure to topple Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday’s recall, that this was a fight they chose.
Unlike the vast majority of elections, which occur on a regular schedule, the recall was a fight the left picked on purpose. They picked it because they thought they could win. And they were wrong.
If you are following events in Cheeseheadland, you know that the official verdict by our betters in the intelligentsia is that money made the difference. Those big bad Koch Brothers stole our democracy with their filthy lucre.
The basic theory goes like this:
A. People are stupid.
B. With enough money you can convince them of anything.
C. The 1% have more than enough money.
Money is important in politics. It can provide a big advantage. But it can’t do everything. If it could, the 1% would only give money to one party.
Every one of us gets bombarded with advertising on a daily basis. You have to get pretty far from civilization to find a place where you don’t get exposed. It is on television, radio, the internet, in papers and magazines, on billboards and the sides of buses.
Some of it is political. Most of it is not. One of the most common products we see advertised is beer. But beer ads don’t make you drink, and if you do drink they don’t determine which brand you buy.
Advertising works best on new products. If you know nothing about a product the only source of information you have might be the ads. But once you try the product you form your own opinion of it. No matter how many ads you see, if a beer tastes like shit you won’t drink it.
The same thing applies to candidates.
Scott Walker was elected in a close race in November 2010. Since then there have been numerous protests, lawsuits, recalls and news stories involving Walker. If I am hearing so much about it out here in California, imagine what the citizens of Wisconsin have been dealing with.
Additionally, consider this – have you heard any allegations that Walker ran a deceptive campaign? Is it an unfair advantage if you spend more money but tell voters the truth?