Tom barrett

Defeating the Blue Fist: Remembering the 2012 Recall Election

There is an African proverb, “No fist is big enough to hide the sky.” It’s been a favorite of mine ever since the protesters in Madison, the public employee unions and the Democrats adopted the blue fist as their symbol. For one evening Wisconsin voters under a clear sky saw clearly enough that the recall madness had to end.

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Barrett Bows Out

The Democratic candidates for governor may look like an angry mob of political pygmies, but Republicans cannot underestimate the Democrats’ motivation to vote out Walker.

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Barrett Will Not Run for Governor

By declining to run for governor again, Barrett avoids a possible third election contest against Walker. Barrett lost to Walker in 2010 and in the recall election of 2012. Barrett lost in the Democratic primary for governor in 2002 to former Governor Jim Doyle.

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