Capper at Cognitive Dissidence is asking a few very interesting questions about this waste-of-time Doyle recall effort. As usual, he makes many interesting points, but a few of them really stood out to me. Is this recall hype really about Doyle or is it mostly a desperate attempt to prop up Scott Walker on his endless quest for higher office?
Capper points to a Monday blog by some person representing another right wing front group called Wisconsin Interests Now (WIN). Apparently this group is working with the Walkerites over at Citizen's for Republican Government. The WIN person blogging Monday made several comments that are very interesting. Part of the reason that he gives for trying the recall has little to do with Doyle and everything to do with Scott Walker. One of the stated reasons for the recall is to keep the rumored Mark Neumann from even getting his operation running in time to properly run against Walker. So these folks are admitting that a big part of this recall effort is about political maneuvering and avoiding a Republican primary? The insecurity of the withering Walker crowd is truly amazing.
I'm not surprised that there are serious divisions on the right because that much has been clear for some time. There is what I might call the Tommy wing which includes all of his former aides, some of the older school conservatives and WMC types and then there is the crazed wing that includes Walker, Talk Radio, most bloggers and front groups like those organizing the recall attempt. The later group seems much more extreme and has a big focus on hot button social issues. From my view some of these divisions seemed to pop up most recently in the primary for the DPI race (Van Mobley vs. Rose Fernandez). It seems like the more extreme elements are clearly behind Walker while the Tommy/WMC crowd is trying to recruit anyone but the Walking Loser from Wauwatosa. If Monday's blog is any indication, this waste-of-time recall effort seems to be just another chapter in one conservative wing trying to outflank the other.
Another good point raised by Capper is whether the Walker followers know that it is now or never for him. It seems that they envision a recall vote which would take place before Walker has to face another Milwaukee County Budget. Walker keeps getting more unpopular in Milwaukee County with each passing budget and as he continues to make everything in Milwaukee County much worse. One more year equals one more bad budget and less support for Walker in what theoretically should be his base.
All of this recall rubbish has virtually no chance of ever happening but you can't blame the wacky Walker wing for trying. For them Walker's perpetual quest is quickly becoming a "now or never" situation, even if they have to eat their own in the process.