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Wisconsin now has a Dem recall face, and doesn’t like it

Wisconsin now has a Dem recall face, and doesn’t like it

Via HotAir, a new poll out has Scott Walker up by 9 points in the Wisconsin recall against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, with almost no one undecided:

While other polls also show Walker in the lead, no one is suggesting that this race is anywhere near over. Walker only leads among self-described Independent voters by 47.6%-44.6%, and the underlying numbers seem fluid. Still, some of Walker’s detractors have been vocal about the fact that Walker was duly elected in 2010 and in most states would not be able to be challenged with a recall without greater cause. And a whopping 95% of those called said they plan to vote in the June 5th election which will have the national spotlight on it.

For now, that light is shining a bit brighter on Scott Walker.

If this trend holds up, it will fulfull the many predictions that once there was a name and a face on the Democratic ticket, the enthusiasm for recalling Walker would wane.  Tom Barrett just doesn’t appear to be that popular.

And more ominously for Democrats, the locals are griping about a lack of DNC support.

That’s not surprising.  The DNC is marshalling resources to help Obama.  Tom Barrett will have to wait.

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Frank Scarn | May 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Q. When was the last time a DEMOCRAT ever called for a tax decrease in order (1) to decrease the size and reach of government and (2) to allow taxpayers to keep more of their own money?

A. I don’t RECALL.

We saw the level of support in the primaries.
Scott Walker had more people vote for him than all the other challengers combined.
Where were they all?
Resting up for the big day maybe…?

Good news so far, but Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm’s not-so-secret John Doe investigation into activities surrounding Walker’s tenure as county executive is still ongoing. They claim Walker is not a target of the probe, but good luck finding anybody who believes that, especially in light of the number of Chisholm employees found to have signed Walker recall petitions. As of last week the news outlets were reporting a twelfth grant of immunity in exchange for testimony. If they don’t drop something on Walker in the next couple of weeks it certainly won’t be for lack of effort.

    alan markus in reply to Merlin. | May 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    First of all, I really don’t think there is any “there” “there”. The way information has been leaked out so far, you would think that if there is anything substantial it would have been leaked by now to do maximum damage to Walker’s reputation – the election is only 3 weeks away. I suspect anything that comes out will be “small potatoes” to the typical voter. My prediction is that if there is anything, it would be on the level of Walker maybe talking to a donor on the phone, and then transferring the call to a staffer to conduct regular business.

    The other factor would be the credibility of the process – everybody who has touched this case is a public sector employee and most are Democrats, so it wouldn’t be that hard to convince people that it’s just a politcal hit job.

    Although I must concede that Republicans in Wisconsin probably have a higher standard for electability than Democrats (at least in Louisiana). I’m thinking of Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy”.

Walker has also produced RESULTS.



Reality BITES when you ignore it.

I WORKS when you apply it rationally.

With Obama continuing to dig his hole ever deeper, they should expect anything additional from the DNC … that’s Obama ‘piggy bank.’

Here’s a video of John Koskinen (Chief Economist for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue), talking job numbers in WI – mostly destroying the BS BLS report that WI has lost jobs…

LukeHandCool | May 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Hey recallers, as Dan Rowan would say,

“Say Goodnight, Dicks.”

Or, as Luke says to his coworkers when he leaves to go home before them,

“Goodnight … suckers!”

LukeHandCool (who would like to honor Dan Rowan by telling everyone he was a fighter pilot in WWII and was seriously wounded, but not before scoring two kills of Japanese fighters. Quite a life for a boy born to parents working in a travelling carnival and who was orphaned at the age of 11. Only in America).

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Why not start a recall of Barrett?

This is a good start, but to truly be effective, the Pro-Walker forces need to push this number up into the 57%-60% range. If that is done, Walker will be able to muscle through the remainder of the reforms necessary crush the Liberals in Wisconsin once and for all, and make Wisconsin a business-friendly state.

Also, as I said in a prior thread, a win that big would set up the Legislature Republicans for a sweep, restoring their majority after the prior recalls and retirements, and getting them very close to a filibuster-proof (or fleebagger proof) majority. A 20 point walker win would set the narrative for the 154 days between the Recall and the November Election.

The critical importance of this vote is not only in securing the Walker reforms, but also the tremendous blow it strikes to the unions. They’ve spent a great deal of time, money, and manpower fighting the reforms and recalls in a state they’ve always been strong in, and have been beaten back at every turn.

It will be hard to get the full enthusiasm going again for the fall after this nearly two year all-out effort to beat Walker and his reforms. It’s just human nature.

Although Democratic Presidential nominees have an impressive record of winning the state, but it is usually close. Walker’s successes and the unions’ failures to stop them might create the opening Romney needs to take the state, and it is hard to figure a likely path for Obama without Wisconsin.

    A big part of the trouble is that the WI unions have blown a lot of their on-hand cash for this. If they lose, it will have been for nothing, and they will have far less for pro-Obama ads, leaving it to others to pick up the slack.

alan markus | May 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I know some of the Walker investigation had to do with staff’s use of emails. Wondering if this will merit a John Doe investigation too?

Emails from Barrett’s wife violated Milwaukee Public School policy

And more ominously for Democrats, the locals are griping about a lack of DNC support.

Maybe they’ll take revenge by sitting on their hands during the Presidential campaign. 🙂

Odd they didn’t poll the Lt Gov recall race (or did they?)

Looks like Walker is safe, but what about Lt Gov Kleefisch?

    alan markus in reply to Aarradin. | May 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I suspect she will track Walker’s results – anyone who votes for Walker will most likely vote for her too.

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BannedbytheGuardian | May 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

There is a limit as to how much political activity ordinary people can withstand. WI may have passed this point -especially seeing it isn’t leading anywhere.

The university students will be busy worrying about the job market . They would have to be stupid to think changing course at the State House will help business & thus land a summer job.

They might even get the idea that The University of Wisconsin is not a good look on a CV .