“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.”
Forget about the DNC’s reticence to invest an appropriate amount of resources to the recall campaign, for we can see that as a strategic choice of resource allocation (a bad one in my opinion but OK). The idea that this has no national repercussions is absurd. Here’s a quick list of potential national repercussions:
1. Shows Republicans that they can destroy public sector unions everywhere without any real consequences.
2. Provides the Republicans a strong narrative going into the fall (we can debate about the value of this, but they’ll use it).
3. Scott Walker becomes an even faster rising star in the Republican Party.
4. Depresses the Democratic base in Wisconsin for the fall, a state Obama really needs to win.
I guess none of these are important because internal polls have Obama up in Wisconsin by 2 points or something…