Democrats, in one way or another, have been rooting for Mark Neumann from the beginning. At the very least, they hoped he could give Scott Walker a big black eye (if he could get past those boxing gloves) before the general election. But now there's chatter about Dems forgoing their own primaries to vote for Neumann in the GOP primary. Interesting. Illusory Tenant comments:
It might be unlikely to catch on in a big way in Milwaukee County, where there are a number of competitive Democratic primary races and liberals won't pass up an opportunity to dethrone, for example, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke or State Senator Jeff Plale, both widely viewed by progressive observers as political impostors.
Dane County, the State capitol seat and repository of Wisconsin's second largest population of registered voters, is a different story. Left-leaning voters in Madison - which is nearly all of them, according to standard conservative mythology - could be sorely tempted to derail career politician Scott Walker's lifelong ambitions.
That's almost true. The exception, of course, is 77th Assembly District Dem primary. It does not feature any candidate as abhorrent to lefties as Jeff Plale, but you only have to seek out a few devoted Dems to discover that passions run high both for and against candidates.
But then there's the second contention: Democrats would rather face Neumann than Walker. Why? Neumann's campaign apparatus may not be as sophisticated as Walker's because he has relied almost entirely on his own wealth, but then again, that wealth is a threat to be taken seriously in the general election as well.
In terms of image, the best message against Neumann is that he is a far-right extremist who has made a number of very controversial statements during his career, especially with regards to homosexuality and abortion. He's tried to run away from some of them, but that may not be good enough. But Walker has been in office since he hit puberty and he can be blamed for a variety of recent mishaps in Milwaukee County.
It's hard to say who would be the weaker candidate in the general election, but as a 78th district voter, who has little reason to vote in the Democratic primary (Pocan ain't goin' nowhere), I have a hard time deciding which Republican I'd rather see in the general.