When President Obama goes to Green Bay Tuesday, he’ll be visiting one of the ”swingiest” parts of Wisconsin.
Democrat Bill Clinton won Brown County by 5 points in 1996. Republican George Bush won it by 10 points in 2004. Democrat Barack Obama won it by 9 points in 2008. And GOP Gov. Scott Walker won it by 20 points on June 5.
Welcome to Clinton-Bush-Obama-Walker country.
Or maybe Clinton-Bush-Obama-Walker-Romney country. We’ll find out Nov. 6.
It’s not just Brown County that swings like this. Outagamie County, home to nearby Appleton, swings even more.
And it’s not just the Fox Valley, the state’s quintessential battleground, that swings. You can find similar patterns in northern, central and western Wisconsin.
With Wisconsin so deeply defined these days by bitter partisan division, it’s easy to forget just how politically fluid and volatile large pockets of the state are.
Yes, the state is deeply polarized. But that description fits some parts of Wisconsin better than others.