In most every episode of Scooby Doo there is a moment when the bad guy, having been vanquished despite the efforts of Scoob and the gang, says something to the effect of, "I'd have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids."
Yesterday we had the Scooby moment of Election '06 when Bob Dohnal sent out his post-mortem of the reasons for the GOP meltdown.
He starts out by saying that Mark Green was the perfect candidate and that:
I believe that Mark Green is one of the finest people we have ever had run forIn the next paragraph he says that Scott Walker would have won if he'd run.
office in this state. I have nothing but admiration for him and his career.
While many of those of us that have run campaigns can always find differences in
the way campaigns were run and things that could have been done differently I do
not see that anything that was done that could have been changed to win the
Dohnal blames Rick Wiley, the GOP grassroots organization, Dale Schultz and GWB for the spanking in the Senate without looking at the weakness of his own candidates. When your candidates spend 5 months cozying up to Bush, Cheney and Rove it seems disingenuous at best to claim that they dragged you under.
Dohnal whines that:
I believe that Don Taylor needs special mention for the job that he did inDohnal completely ignores the effect of the efforts made for and by Reynolds, including the "Captain Morgan" flyer.
Waukesha County. He stepped up to help Tom Reynolds in his narrow loss. The
failure of the party and the Senate leaders probably cost us that seat for
decades. Where was the state party? Who made these decisions? Losing all of
those legislative seats needs to be examined. Who was allocating the funds, why
isn't there any help for candidates. If you put all of your money in two rolls
of the dice, then lose them and then take it in the gut in the Legislature it
becomes obvious that we need a new direction and a discussion of the
To be fair to Dohnal, he grinds a few personal axes while repeating the meme of the right over the last week, he's not the only one to have missed the message of last Tuesday. Politics in America cycles around the center. The left got the 30's, 60's and a fair chunk of the 90's. The left kicked butt in the 50's, 80's and for the last 6 years. The parties have cut their messages so fine that it takes a swing of a few points in the middle to change the dynamic of power. We just saw one of those swings.
With a little luck, it's building momentum as it goes.