I would have loved to see former U.S. Rep. David Obey run against Walker. Let's face it, Obey is not Mr. Personality, but his bite is as good as his bark, and Gov. Scott Walker would have been shredded by Obey in debates, or in the public opinion if Walker wouldn't debate.
Tom Barrett has done a very good job in Milwaukee, and being mayor of Milwaukee might just be harder than being governor, especially with a lockstep Republican majority with a governor who seems to treat the city and Barrett in a mean and vindictive manner.
I think former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk could have been a good candidate, except for the early endorsement of the unions and her seeming acceptance of their agenda.
Right or wrong, I believe that voters will think that Falk is bought and paid for by the unions. Very liberal Democrats may not have a problem with this perception, but it will not play well with moderate Republicans who may think Walker has gone too far, or with independents who may not like the idea of any candidate beholden to any group.
Barrett has shown that he is basically pro-union, but he has also tangled horns with the unions in Milwaukee, when he felt it was called for. He would not be a union enemy, but also not a union patsy.
And this recall election is about much more than just unions. The list of reasons that Walker should be shown the door goes well beyond his union-busting agenda, and is too extensive to replay in this posting.
Thank you Falk for running, but I have to vote for Barrett, as he is a much more viable candidate, who will not be perceived as a one-issue candidate or beholden to the unions or any group, other than the good people of Wisconsin.