Watch national and Wisconsin Democrats backpedal, backpedal, backpedal...
In addition to a Milwaukee visit on Monday, President Barack Obama will return to Wisconsin before Nov. 4 to campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke, a party spokesman said Thursday.
The announcement made to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came swiftly after Republicans criticized Burke for saying she couldn't appear with Obama during his Labor Day visit to Milwaukee because it was an official stop, not a campaign event.
Burke's campaign had strenuously objected to the GOP claims she was ducking the president because of his lackluster approval rating...
...because while it's certainly true that the President has a lackluster approval rating, and that Mary Burke kind of hates the idea of being in the same photo frame as Barack Obama these days, well, Obama still does have supporters. And if Mary Burke insults their hero too much but being too honest about him, then Mary Burke is going to have even more electoral problems than she has right now. The dance is, as they say, delicate.
To finish up, there are two things that are particularly amusing about this story:
- Barack Obama and Mary Burke are supposed to be going to the same event (Laborfest). Which makes their ability to meet up, ah, interesting.
- Scott Walker has no problems at all with meeting with the President, which suggests that he's a good deal more confident in... well, everything, really ...than Mary Burke is.
Via Constant ML Reader techsan.
Moe Lane (crosspost)