Scott Walker has shunned campaign finance reform, the one issue that could guarantee his job forever.
By Jack E. Lohman
There are two ways to get elected… a lot of votes, or a lot of campaign cash that buys votes. To date Walker has embraced the latter.
No question that the pendulum has swung to the other side. The Righties had their moment with the Tea Party rallies, now it’s the Lefties’ turn. Let’s hope they spend less time protesting and more time creating a strong progressive following and new candidates for 2012.
Walker knows who has buttered his bread in the past, but thereby lies the rub. The public knows too, and the voters aren’t impressed. The polls show him significantly behind, but he can reverse that.
Cleaning up Wisconsin politics
The Occupy effort started in Madison and will continue until politics is cleaned up. Or out, whichever comes first.
Could Walker reverse the projections at the polls? Yes. And come out a master leader in the process by returning Wisconsin to the top of the clean politics list.
That would require…
Campaign finance reform: or more specifically, public funding of campaigns. But not like in 2000, when the legislature stacked the deck with a poison pill that was shot down by the courts. And not with loopholes. Legitimate (!!) reform that lets politicians opt out if they are willing to answer to the voters for so doing.
Ranked Choice Voting that would give to voters equal access to third-party candidates.
Actually fixing the warped redistricting charade and Voter ID systems he helped corrupt and which greatly benefit his party over the will of the people.
And no games. No maybes and no promises. No poison pills. The governor has control of the legislature. He can have these passed and signed into law before his recall election takes place.
But will he?
The ball is in Walker’s court. He can reduce taxes and increase jobs today, or he can face the Occupy voters even if he squeaks by in the recall election.