## Thursday, May 17, 2012

### Wisconsin: Democrats start hammering John Doe ethics investigation

There's a logic to this line of attack -- recalling someone over ethical/criminal violations has proven to be basically unassailable. However, this tactic doesn't always work (it is not that unusual for an official to survive a recall under a cloud). For many voters, it may smack of desperation -- the recall was clearly not about John Doe, but instead about collective bargain/politics/policy.

Perhaps more troubling for the Democrats is that the John Doe investigation has not grabbed the voters attention at all, and as frequently happens with non-sexy (not just sex, but the official or associate's living a lavish lifestyle), hard -to-understand corruption issues are not necessarily fatal.