Obama has come within 30-40 miles from WI (Minneapolis and Chicago suburbs), but will not campaign. Why? Reagan and FDR wouldn’t have hesitated. NOT campaigning shows: cowardice or indifference, whereas even a losing effort (like Reagan for Bork) can get you at least a grudging respect. Obama and his Democratic colleagues are not stupid or cowardly- why do they repeatedly blow obvious political opportunities?
The answer is that the Democratic Party and Obama are not an autonomous agents trying to “win” in a party competition. Winning must be subordinated to other considerations. Some possibilities in WI are:
1) teaching people that ‘there is no alternative”, and the protests are always futile, 2) new activists reinforced by a win in WI would be a threat to take over the party, or 3) at least one of the plutocrats (0.0001%er)s has intervened personally.
Obama’s action looks as cold as Stalin’s halting the Red Army before Warsaw in 1944.