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Obama Campaign Manager: Wisconsin a 'Terrifying Experiment'

By David Alliot   |   Thursday, 07 Jun 2012 11:30 AM

In an email to supporters, President Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina, said the Scott Walker Wisconsin recall vote was a “terrifying experiment.” He joins a litany of Democrats, including Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who are saying the election should have never taken place.

Frank took to blaming unions and liberal activists for instigating the recall. "I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal," he told The Hill on Wednesday. "The recall was upsetting to people . . . it's not a fight I would have picked." He echoed Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday who told The Hill that the race was a "dumb political fight" for labor to have picked.

Spending was at the forefront of the Democrats’ woes. Messina said the debacle that ended with Gov. Scott Walker fending off Democrat Tom Barrett was propelled by a better-prepared Republican Party, which outspent Democrats and unions 8-to-1, according to The Hill.

But Insiders say spending is only part of Obama’s problem — political winds may be shifting permanently in Republicans’ favor. Charles Franklin, a visiting professor of law and public policy at Marquette University, said Obama, has “reason to worry,” according to The Hill. Wisconsin is “more a battleground state than a toss-up state, but I think it can become a very competitive race rather quickly,” Franklin said.

Political observers credit Walker’s policies for helping employers put more people back to work — the unemployment rate dropped from 7.4 percent when Walker first took office in 2011, to 6.7 percent in April, reported by AP, far below the national average of 8.2 percent.

For Republicans’ part, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the election an “absolute disaster” for Obama, in a memo on Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner. He said the election had far-reaching implications for the upcoming presidential election.

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