Paul Ryan (R- Wall St.) lost his hometown, Janesville, by over 8 thousand votes in the VP race and by over 3000 in the Congressional Race.
.Janesville Ward 13 Presidential
Janesville Ward 13 Congressional
Paul even lost his own WARD in Janesville. Not even his neighbors voted for him.
H/T Rebecca Kemble from The Progressive on crunching some statewide numbers.
“Based on the numbers reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, adding up all votes cast in the Wisconsin State Senate races shows that Democrats received 475,116 votes (50.5%), Republicans received 451,928 votes (48.1%), and others received 13,100 (1.4%), yet the Republicans gain(2) seats and take the majority in the Senate.”
Then of course there are these numbers:
President Obama - 1,613,950 - 52.8%
Mitt Rmoney - 1,408, 745 - 46.1%
Senator Tammy Baldwin - 1,544,274 - 51.5%
Tommy G Thompson - 1.377,274 - 45.9%
As David Sirota tweeted:
A proposed 2013 bumper sticker: "This Is a Center-Left Nation, Beeyatch. Deal With It."
Democrats, and especially progressive democrats won a nationwide mandate this week. As David Sirota also points out, America rejected Extreme Conservatism:
This truth is more than merely inconvenient to the political right - it is nothing short of life threatening, for it calls into question the long-term political viability of conservative ideology. Hence, the inevitable Republican effort to quickly turn the page and change the subject.
But try as the GOP might, the page won’t turn. For the next four years, every time Obama appears with the presidential seal, he will remind Americans of exactly what they voted against - and why they voted against it. For this reason, the exhausting 2012 election may well end up a watershed moment in political history - a moment that finally witnessed the beginning of the ebb of extreme conservatism.
Now how does Tuesday apply to Wisconsin, since democrats have no control over the assembly and lost 2 seats (and control) of the Senate. First off you have to acknowledge that the unethical way they redistricted and their huge funding advantage have put the Wisconsin democratic party behind the eight ball.
However, it is task that is NOT insurmountable, there are ways to overcome it. Here are some of my recommendations:
1. Have and stick to a progressive message. Progressive messages work, and they especially work in WI. This continual running to the center without a clear message has now been proven to be a loser over and over again. Time to get on board a clear UNIFIED progressive message and platform.
2. CHANGE leadership. Senator Mark Miller has already stepped down. Mike Tate needs to resign and Peter Barca needs to step down from his leadership position also. I think that Miller, and Barca and tate are all very nice people and incredibly competent legislators(Barca/Miller)and we need their help, but their time in charge is over. We need fresh new blood in there.
My suggestions - Kathleen Vinehout and Chris Taylor!
3 Start right now, and understand that EVERY county COUNTS! Emulate Howard Dean's 50 state strategy and build the farm system and the local party! What Howard Dean did as head of the democratic party was amazing and also underrated and overlooked. We need a solid ground game and candidates willing to step up in every county and in every race from Waukesha to Dane to Sawyer and everywhere in between. Strong local progressive leaders can overcome our disadvantages. (I know im not alone in this thinking).
4. Do NOT be surprised by the republicans lack of ethics and morals and ability to do things that you would never think of doing. When they do, and everytime they do, tell everyone who will listen. Your strategy of dealing with things in private and behind the scenes worked so well that we now have two years of complete republican control.
5. Subscribe to Bernie Sanders newsletter and emulate it. Its well written and informative and he pulls no punches. How about a statewide newsletter, build a mailing list and inform everyone of things that are happening. The stuff we get now is information for the next fundraiser. Not good enough!
6. Figure out a way to use and win in Social Media. It's cheap and free!
7. MESSAGE BETTER. Its no surprise that the repubs have been winning elections with Frank Luntz help. Here is an example. Rename Scott Walker's ACT 10, The republicans have a solid message of calling it "education reform". No where in Wisconsin has education been reformed over the last two years. You can google all you want and you will not find a single mention on any program enacted by the republicans that was meant to enhance students learning. Lets call it "teacher salary reform", or "education deform" or the "end of local control" or come up with a different term and everyone use it. Call them out for what they are.
8. DIVERSIFY. While we get minorities votes we need to get full participation from minorities, that includes African Americans, latinos Hmong, etc....We have a big tent but we do not have a big tent of participation. That needs to change.
9. STOP RUNNING FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS!!!! 150,000 people did not storm the Capitol to support the democratic party. Busloads of Wisconites from Northern Wisconsin did not spend the time and money to come to Madison to support the dems. They came to protest the end of their collective bargaining rights. The next consultant who says to not run on the issue, fire on the spot!
10. Get in it to win it!