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Gloom and doom…and dissembling on the left as more Walker polls released

Gloom and doom…and dissembling on the left as more Walker polls released

As Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker enjoys a more confident position with the release of new jobs and poll numbers, some on the left are backing away from the import of the outcome of his recall race.

Two new polls released Thursday reveal that Governor Walker (R) leads Mayor Barrett (D) by margins of 5 and 8 percentage points:

St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio (5/17-22)
Scott Walker (R) 50%
Tom Barrett (D) 45%
Not sure 5%

Reason-Rupe poll by ORC International (5/14-18)
Scott Walker (R) 50%
Tom Barrett (D) 42%
Don’t Know 6%
Refused 3%

The Progressive, “an American monthly magazine of politics, culture, and progressivism,” proclaimed Thursday that what really matters isn’t the Walker race, but, as they term it, “the other big Wisconsin recall race”: senate Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald vs. his challenger Lori Compas. Fitzgerald is one of four state senators facing recall in Wisconsin:

More than the Walker-Barrett election, Compas’s bid to unseat Fitzgerald, whom conventional political wisdom deemed “untouchable,” will be the true measure of whether or not the power of people’s organization can defeat the power of money in politics on a post-Citizens United playing field.

So, according to The Progressive, whose editor Ruth Conniff won an award for their from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Walker recall, the true bellwether for the union v. citizen matchup will be the (heretofore nationally obscure) Fitzgerald v. Compas race.

Wednesday, The Cap Times (“Your Progressive Voice”) published an editorial endorsing Lori Compas, who is busy boasting about her fundraising skills as her cause is taken up by the progressive left and the hashtag #loriVfitz makes its way to twitter. Is the left, dismayed by recent poll numbers, taking out an insurance policy by playing up the Fitzgerald v. Compas race? (Learn more about State Senator Scott Fitzgerald here.)

The New York Times‘s Nate Silver, reporting on Thursday’s poll numbers, exhausts possible scenarios regarding Walker’s impact on the Wisconsin economy. Ultimately he concludes that Walker is “likely to survive a recall election on June 5” but finds a silver lining in what that might mean for Obama:

Such a result will undoubtedly be disheartening to Democrats, although they should remember that an embattled incumbent of their own, President Obama, will be running for re-election in a similarly divided electorate with similarly mixed economic data.

Gloom and doom….and dissembling on the left as the unseating of Walker moves to shakier ground.

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Ahh yes. Another U.S. State. Wisincontinent.

To the Collective, ALL goal-posts come with a set of wheels and an engine.

It is one of the things you just have to know about them.

Delusions are infinitely mobile.

Frank Scarn | May 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

Wisconsin Absentee Ballot for LI readers,

Vote LIKE for Walker

Vote DISLIKE for Barrett

I wrote here that the violent crime reporting scandal won’t help Barrett:

http://www.examiner.com/article/will-breaking-milwaukee-scandal-sink-barrett-recall

I wrote here that this race isn’t as complicated as you’d think:

http://www.examiner.com/article/wisconsin-recall-collective-bargaining-rights-vs-property-tax-cuts

Bitterlyclinging | May 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

The Unions haven’t shown a single trace of civility or any tendency to abide by the rules of law since day one. When it comes down to the day of the ballot box, watch their anarchy extend to that, too.
Remember Christine Gregoire (D) vs Dino Rosse (R) in Washington State when bags of Democratic ballots began turning up mysteriously in the mid to upper level branches of that states Sequoias and Redwoods and Minnesota’s Franken (D) vs Coleman (R) when the deciding ballots mysteriously began turning up in the headliners and inflated spare tires of Democratic Poll workers cars.
And, sacre bleu, even in Connecticut, where a Danbury Lawyer sent to the city of Bridgeport as a poll watcher remarked that the Working Families Party, hatched from the same cockroach incubator as Bertha Lewis’ ACORN, behaved remarkably similar to the the former ACORN pollworkers. Then with the Democrat Malloy, some 8,000 votes behind in the gubernatorial count, a bag of 10,000 exclusively Democratic ballots is discovered 36 hours after the polls had closed behind a boarded up store front window on that same city’s Main Street.

Obama made reference to Citizen United in his speech at Iowa yesterday, these folks gloom and doom seems to resonate with another recently infamous democrats words “These a**holes always get away.”

If Walker wins, then Mitt is going to carry Wisconsin.

I am not sure if Mitt can win Wisconsin, but it is definitely in play. Which alone is huge.

bob aka either orr | May 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

It seems to me that Silver’s analogy is flawed. There is no mixed economic data facing Obama… it’s all pointing downward.

Is it too early to start screaming “Stolen election!” days before the election even takes place?

they should remember that an embattled incumbent of their own, President Obama, will be running for re-election in a similarly divided electorate

Isnt one of the differences the fact that Walker has a record to run on? Yeah that is one.

And the similarly divided electorate is the same divided electorate, who will just have taken great pride in shooting the bird to the public employee unions. Which candidate in the Fall is aligned with the same losers? Could be another small difference, whadda think Nate?

LOL

LukeHandCool | May 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Listening to The Cap Times, The Progressive, and the Obama administration … it’s one thing to spin … it’s quite another to spin out of control. Keep doing it!

So Nate Silver at the New York Times is comparing Scott Walker to Obama? LOL…

When Obama stands up to public unions and becoming an ACTUAL fiscal conservative then the comparison can only begin to be apt. Walker is a true reformer. Obama is offering nothing new, just more of the same dressed up as new.

[…] » Gloom and doom…and dissembling on the left as more Walker polls released – Le·gal In·su… The New York Times‘s Nate Silver, reporting on Thursday’s poll numbers, exhausts possible scenarios regarding Walker’s impact on the Wisconsin economy. Ultimately he concludes that Walker is “likely to survive a recall election on June 5? but finds a silver lining in what that might mean for Obama: Such a result will undoubtedly be disheartening to Democrats, although they should remember that an embattled incumbent of their own, President Obama, will be running for re-election in a similarly divided electorate with similarly mixed economic data. […]

Truth? We don’t need no truth.

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