The seeds for the 2010 election were sown in August 2009 by the raucous public protests that morphed into the Tea Party movement.
Will the public employee protests in Wisconsin sow the seeds for the 2012 election?
Democrats hope so. Public employees are a big part of the party’s constituency. Democratic office-holders around the country might well see a huge upside in stirring up anger and passion over budget cuts – with the goal of mobilizing millions of voters next year.
There are two varieties of campaign strategies: “win the middle” (Obama 2008) and “fire up the base” (Bush 2004).
Sometimes, the base gets itself fired up and takes over.
North Carolina – with players on the field like Dana Cope of SEANC and William Barbour of the NAACP – could become another Wisconsin this year.