Moving the Goalposts in Wisconsin
It didn’t take long for liberals to start moving the goalposts in Wisconsin now that the Governor Walker is expected to win his recall fight there.
Just today, John Ellis at Buzzfeed had this to say: it’s not about winning, but about the margin.
“The key to this election, however, is not really whether Governor Walker wins. More or less everyone expects him to do that. The key is how much he wins by. The crude calculation is this: Walker defeat equals a certain Obama win in November. Walker win by 1-5 percentage points equals very close presidential general election (nationally). A Walker win by 6 points or more equals Mitt Romney is the favorite to win in November.”
Now, for the record, I don’t disagree with the Ellis’ assessment here when it comes to what the recall election means for the general presidential election in the Fall. What I do disagree with is the notion that somehow “it’s not really whether Governor Walker wins” that is key. Of course it is key. You don’t wage a recall election on an incumbent that has enacted policies that you despise just to know what the general presidential election will be like. You do it to unseat the incumbent.
If Walker wins it is not just an indicator of what November is going to look like, but an indictment of those trying to unseat him and, by extension, Democrats altogether. The opposite is true if Walker loses. That’s just common sense.
Stop moving the goalposts and look at this recall election for what it is.