When the Democrats lose a big political battle in Wisconsin, the narratives that immediately spring up are “the GOP out-moneyed us” and “those democrats on the ground in Wisconsin fought really hard!”
As a juxtaposition, when the Democrats lost a major political battle in North Carolina a month ago, people couldn’t wait to talk about how North Carolinians were stupid and backward (how many more “you can marry your cousin” jokes could one stomach?). Also, the IMMEDIATE response was to boycott the state. I will be waiting to see if 14,000 people sign a petition overnight boycotting Wisconsin (but I won’t be holding my breath).
I know there is, perhaps, a qualitative difference here. North Carolina was chastised by the progressive media and progressives more generally because they voted directly against civil rights. But it isn’t that hard to argue that by voting to keep Walker, many Wisconsin voters put in a vote against civil rights, too.
There are dangerous narratives written about the South by progressives that perpetuate the stereotypes that keep progressives from fighting for us. It’s exhausting.