When Barack Obama was running for the White House in 2008, he promised he would fundamentally change America – and he sure did.
But change isn’t always good, as – among other things – Obama set the racial divide in the United States back decades.
And now one Democrat U.S. Senate candidate in a must-win swing state for the GOP is implementing Obama’s favorite political strategy.
An all-important race in and all-important election cycle
Democrats currently have the trifecta – the White House and both houses of Congress.
However, the blue team’s majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate are razor-thin.
In fact, in the upper chamber, the GOP only needs to net one Senate seat to gain control.
But as part of their path to win the Senate, Republicans need to hold the Wisconsin seat currently held by Ron Johnson.
Johnson knocked off then-incumbent Democrat Senator Russ Feingold, by 4-points, for the seat back in the Tea Party wave of 2010.
He defeated Feingold in a rematch in 2016 by a similar margin.
In 2022 the two-term, America First Senator is facing current Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes.
Barnes was leading in the polling all through August – however, he’s fallen behind Johnson in most September polls.
In fact, the incumbent Republican now has a 1.5-point lead in the Real Clear Politics average of polling.
The radical Democrat knows he must do something to change fate, and he’s relying on the oldest trick in the Democrat playbook – a trick Barack Obama used repeatedly – the race card.
There they go again…
The National Republican Senate Committee is out with ads hitting Barnes for the woke leftist’s support of bail reduction, defunding the police and the elimination of ICE.
Barnes and his proponents say, somehow, that’s a racist attack.
“Ron Johnson’s desperate attacks and outright lies won’t stop voters from holding him accountable,” Barnes spokeswoman Maddy McDonald said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee Democrat State Rep. Evan Goyke told the Sentinel, “It is despicable that Johnson and his allies have used race and fear as their main election tactics this cycle.” Goyke added, “These ads should stop, and he (Johnson) should stand and run on his record.”
“We’re calling on Ron Johnson to denounce these ads and for national Republicans to take them down,” said Calena Roberts, a field director with SEIU Wisconsin. “We’re not stupid. We know what they’re up to.”
What are they up to?
Does Roberts mean shedding light on her preferred candidate’s record?
No, she’s insinuating that simply because the candidate is black, running a “negative” ad against him is racist.
Johnson’s campaign says it’s about Barnes’ radicalism.
“They also can’t refute the fact that Mandela Barnes is a radical leftist,” said Johnson Senior Advisor Ben Voelkel. “Endorsed by fellow radical leftists, and holds beliefs far outside the mainstream of Wisconsin voters.”
The fact is, white Democrats all over the country, including the un-elected Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, are facing the same attacks on their records.
Is it racist to call out Hochul for her support of bail reduction and being supported by groups in the Defund the Police movement?
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.