Liberals, Please Come to Wisconsin!

Is it a Republican strategy to try to force liberals to leave Purple states? Perhaps this was their game all along?

Andrew Gaertner
3 min readMay 8, 2022
Photo by Karolina Grabowska: https://www.pexels.com/photo/crop-man-sealing-carton-box-with-tape-4498136/

This week the leak from the Supreme Court proved what liberals have been saying for years: that the Republicans have been trying to pack the court to overturn Roe and make abortion rights law into a State Legislature issue. In my own state of Wisconsin, there is an old law making abortion a crime that will become law again the minute Roe falls. I can imagine this change might trigger a sort of micro-exodus from Wisconsin, to Illinois, Minnesota, and maybe California. In a Purple state that went for Trump in 2016 and for Biden in 2020, even a micro-exodus might be enough to tip the state Red in 2024. Is this one of the real reasons Republicans have been laser-focused on overturning Roe? Have they been slowly trying to make liberals leave Purple states?

Because of the gerrymandering done after the 2010 elections, the Wisconsin legislatures are solidly Republican, even in a state that went for Biden and has a Democrat as a governor. If the Red Team could cause even just a few of us liberals to leave, they might win back the governorship and make Wisconsin even more unfriendly to liberals, which could make Wisconsin as solid Red as Iowa or Indiana. This all started…

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Andrew Gaertner

To live in a world of peace and justice we must imagine it first. For this, we need artists and writers. I write to reach for the edges of what is possible.