A lot of us wondered, between canvassing and phone-banking and trying to get people out to the polls, where the national Democrats were in this recall process. Many of us remembered a speech President Obama gave in 2007, promising to walk the picket lines on the day that collective bargaining rights were taken away.
Well, we didn’t have picket lines. And we certainly didn’t have Presidential support.
I didn’t grumble about this too much. After all, it is an election year, and Obama’s on the campaign trail. Now is probably not the best time for a candidate to get involved in messy, complicated state issues. I get that.
Just don’t tell us that you didn’t show up to support Barrett because “The truth of the matter is that as POTUS, I’ve got a lot of responsibilities.” We all have a lot of responsibilities. We all have to prioritize them. I would rather have spent February and March of last year indoors, working and getting lunch with friends and spending time with my family. But instead, I spent that time outdoors in the cold and freezing rain, because someone needed to protest and so for a time I set aside my other responsibilities and became that person. I know lots of people with young children, or disabilities, or who work longer hours than I do, who made it out as well.
I understand why President Obama showed up in no meaningful way and said nothing of import about what was happening here. Maybe that doesn’t matter, given his Department of Education’s failure to do right by the students and teachers in this country. While it would have been morale-boosting to think that someone outside of Wisconsin cared about what was happening inside Wisconsin, most of the time I’m not sure people outside of Wisconsin know where Wisconsin is, exactly. I didn’t expect a whole lot.
I also understand, though, that time had nothing to do with it.
So if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who made time to stand up for what you believed in over this past year, congratulate yourself! You deserve it.