Bill Clinton did it again. The former president traveled to Milwaukee today, where he joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in support of Barrett's bid for Wisconsin governor. By all accounts, Clinton hit another one out of the park as he discussed why voters needed to recall Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 election.
This from Greg Sargent at The Washington Post:
Bill Clinton, in his speech in Wisconsin just now, framed the recall election as a stark choice between unity and division, between cooperation and conflict, and between shared prosperity and right wing winner-take-all economics. Democrats on the ground in the state are very satisfied with Clinton’s speech, and think he hit the right note to amplify their closing message.
“Cooperation works,” Clinton said, in a frequently repeated refrain. “Constant conflict is a dead bang loser. And you need to get rid of it.”
Sargent offers this from Clinton's remarks in Milwaukee:
If you believe in an economy of shared prosperity when times are good, and shared sacrifice when they’re not, then you don’t want to break
the unions. You want them at the negotiating table. And you trust them to know that arithmetic rules. Show up for Tom Barrett on Tuesday! If you want Wisconsin once again to be seen by all of America as a place of diversity, of difference of opinion, of vigorous debate, where in the end people’s objectives are to come to an agreement that will take us all forward together, you have to show up for Tom Barrett on Tuesday!...
I can just hear it now, on Wednesday. All those people that poured all this money into Wisconsin, if you don’t show up and vote, will say, "see, we got them now. We’re finally going to break every union in America. We’re gonna break every government in America. We’re gonna stop worrying about the middle class. We don’t give a riff whether poor people get to work their way into it. We got our way now. We got it all. Divide and conquer works.”
You tell them no. You tell them, Wisconsin has never been about that, never will be about that—by electing Tom Barrett governor!