Early in the stand-off between Wisconsin Republicans and those opposing their drastic “budget repair bill” a clear strategy emerged — withstand a few political hits as the “bad guy” and Republicans could all but guarantee passage of their agenda, coupled with the traditional short-attention span of most voters, and come 2012 union busting would be water under the bridge.
The extent of that political miscalculation is just starting to take shape. The first evidence came in the horse race that is the Wisconsin Supreme Court race (and now recount). Then came the election of Democrat Steve Doyle.
But perhaps the greatest miscalculation is still unfolding. That’s because scores of Wisconsinites transformed from ordinary citizens to activists, and they are not going away.
Take, for example, The Playground Legends. Originally a group of volunteers organized to recall Republican State Senator Alberta Darling, The Playground Legends are working to re-enfranchise a community long neglected in some of Milwaukee’s poorest wards.
Their strategy is simple: get people out of their houses and into their communities. Make — and keep — connections beyond the traditional voter registration door-knocking campaigns.
And most of all, make sure the citizens know their voices count.
You can see the group in action here.
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