So Tom Barrett is in, after months of delay. I will reiterate what I said here long ago and elsewhere - absent Ron Kind and Russ Feingold, Tom Barrett is the Democrats' best option. It sets up a buyer's remorse election, where voters are afforded the opportunity to reconsider the choice they made about 18 months ago. Barrett is geographically more appealing and less polarizing than Kathy Falk, who I believe has a strong record as Dane County Executive but unfortunately has decided that being the organ grinder for Mary Bell and Marty Beil is the path to success. It's not.
If this campaign is about how can Wisconsin do better than a guy who seems to delight in being the most polarizing governor in state history while accomplishing virtually nothing in the last year, then the Democrats have a fighting shot.
But if the unions are hell-bent on making this election about them and trying to re-fight last year's battles, Scott Walker will win. The unions need to be pushing from behind, not waving the flags and leading out front.