The failed attempt this week to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has left many of his opponents to scratch their heads and wonder "was it the money?", "Was it better organization?", "Was something wrong with the exit polls?", and "What does it mean for Obama's reelection?" While these questions are interesting there are other questions, races, and issues that can be overlooked. My state Pennsylvania has it's own Scott Walker as Governor, Tom Corbett. On May 18 there was a great rally at the Pittsburgh Opera against their giving him an award for his lifetime contribution to the arts as can be seen in the clip above. The primary and secondary teachers unions were well represented but I didn't see any of the University activists there.
CNN Wisconsin Exit Poll
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It is true that this is one issue among many at play in the recall race. It is helpful to look at the data to see where the revealing patterns are about which groups we need to reach out to for 2014 when Walker and Corbett are up for reelection. I can assure you that their people are looking at population data to see what the trends are for 2012, 2014, and beyond. Not only are they sitting on a mountain of cash. They are also sitting on a mountain of data.
The Pew Research Center has come out with a survey showing how the partisan divide has grown larger over the last 20 years. I asked a question that was posed to Michael Dimock, the primary investigator on C-SPAN's Washington Journal at about the 15:10 minute mark about what is causing the divide.