Jessie Opoien: Don’t take Wisconsin — or the future of the nation — for granted

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds up his daily schedule which has a daily update on US Troop deaths and wounded numbers as he speaks at a drive-in campaign stop at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Whatever happens on Nov. 3, don’t say Democrats took Wisconsin for granted this time.

Joe Biden will once again make his case to voters in the Badger State on Friday, his campaign announced on Monday — his third time here since winning the party’s nomination in August.

It matters that the former vice president is campaigning here. Did Donald Trump win Wisconsin’s 10 critical electoral votes in 2016 because Hillary Clinton didn’t set foot in the state after losing its Democratic primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders? Not entirely, no — but any Democratic candidate would be a fool to ignore the harshest lessons from that campaign. Nuance is a luxury not afforded to losers, no matter how virtuous they may be.


So Biden will return to Wisconsin, for a third time as the Democratic nominee, after visiting Kenosha and Wauwatosa on an early September day and Manitowoc later that month. He will deliver, in the days comprising the dusk of the campaign, what campaigns and courts call “closing arguments.”


HIs visit comes after two drive-in campaign rallies headlined by Massachusetts Sen. and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, virtual visits from former South Bend, Indiana Mayor and former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and other former candidates, in-person visits from Jill Biden, and multiple appeals from former Green Bay Packers Coach Mike Holmgren — not to mention a slate of star-studded virtual fundraisers for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin featuring members of the casts of “The Princess Bride,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Veep,” and “Happy Days.”

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