Nick Carey: A radical shift

Activists with the conservative Tea Party movement say they owe a lot to their schooling in left-wing community organizing tactics for the historic Republican victory over the Democrats and their union allies in the Wisconsin recall election. While the Democrats said huge campaign spending by conservatives supporters of Republican Scott Walker allowed him on Tuesday to become the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election, the Republicans point to their grassroots, get-out-the-vote work as more important. “If they are going to recall a governor, it hardly makes sense to try to challenge him with a candidate who lost against him last time,” said Marick Masters, a professor of business and director of labor studies at Wayne State University.

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