You've undoubtedly heard the term "divide and conquer," but you might not have seen it in action until some Democrats in Wisconsin started engaging in it. One Democratic-leaning union is using a misleading ad against a fellow party member, and it could backfire and keep a Republican in the governor's office instead.
Fox News reported that Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is the target, and the weapon is a video blog by AFSCME, a union in the state. Barrett is allegedly being portrayed as a friend of the current Republican Governor Scott Walker just because he shook hands with him during an earlier political debate.
So now civility is taboo?
Barrett isn't in Walker's pocket, however, and, in fact, he's gunning to take his place just as much as his fellow Democratic opponentÂ—the one supported by the union AFSCME.
Yet that isn't stopping his Democratic opponent or the union, because in addition to the misleading handshake captured in the video blog, there is also a misleading statement, or rather a statement taken out of context, according to Barrett.
During an earlier radio program, Fox News reported that the Milwaukee Mayor stated, "And the bill will pass, and the bill should pass," in regards to an increase in the fees for pension and health care, which the unions had previously agreed to.
But now AFSCME is showing the clip comments in a new light, as if Barrett made them during a discussion about collective bargaining limits, instead.
What's up with that? It sounds like the Democrat party may only be united when they share a common enemy: the Republicans. And that they feel it is every man for his self once that threat is removed.
Barrett is upset that his own party Democrats in Wisconsin would stoop to an outright lie about him to shoo-in another Democratic candidateÂ—I guess it would be okay to him if the other guy were a Republican, like Walker?
Barrett also thinks he is getting the shaft through the false blog ad because his fellow democrat would be more favorable to the unions at the cost of fairness to all the state's residents, as his Republican opponent was.
Unions shouldn't decide which candidate gets into office by putting out a deceptive ad that many people see, and that they assume is portrayed honestly. And Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett agrees, saying this about the blog by the union AFSCME:
"It is totally inaccurate. It is false."