Pat Krietlow (running against Sean (say anything) Duffy), Russ Feingold and Tom Barratt made a campaign stop in Marshfield earlier this afternoon.
Pat introduced everybody and Russ gave a pretty "fired up" speech before Tom spoke and urged us to keep working up until the last possible minute.
The announcement was spread only by email, facebook messages and word-of-mouth but a crowd I'd estimate at ~100 people packed into the Daily Grind Coffee Shop....
It was a very energetic, committed group that turned out...I have confidence...Tom said that Walker is "banking on the Koch brothers." but that he is "banking on you!" The hard-working volunteers cheered!!!!
Stopped by the local Dem Office yesterday afternoon. Saw a couple of old friends but also saw some new faces...saw people stopping in to buy bumper stickers, pick up yard signs and tee shirts (Walker: You don't remember us but we RECALL you!). Saw four or five people on the phones...listened to the office manager tell a caller where and how to get an absentee ballot.
They were busy. They weren't caught up in any kind of drama at all...the Office manager said she isn't paying attention to anything but the task at hand...as she put it " I just put my head down and keep working".
This is the kind of "ground game" that pays off....
I'm a lot more hopeful.
I posted this as a reply to another thread but I think it deserves its own thread and hopefully some creative and thoughtful suggestions. Here's the post:
I finished reading "The Republican Brain" and although I found the book incredibly shallow, it did capsulize all the current studies on how conservatives and progressives process information...and it's both frightening and disheartening...and explains why "say anything" and outrageous lies are prominent features of right wing advertising.
Repubs hold onto their beliefs in a defensive posture like they hold onto survival itself...in fact, their beliefs are their survival..sooooo...when confronted by facts, data, science etc., the engage in motivated reasoning and grasp onto anything to protect their beliefs...the "say anything" quotes and downright lies justify their beliefs and allow them to grasp more tightly to their positions.
What Walker is doing is giving them a proverbial "fig leaf" to cover their wrongness of their positions and it will work.
What Mooney's book failed miserably with was giving us a means to counter "the big lie"..just a cursory suggestion or two.
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