Jun
03
2012

Preparing for Tuesday’s Day of DOOM in Wisconsin.

Some interesting happenings at today’s Wisconsin’s Brown County Dairy Breakfast*:

[Democratic gubernatorial recall candidate Tom] Barrett was greeted warmly by some of the breakfast-goers — at least one man told him Barrett he was voting for him, prompting Barrett to joke, “Give him a lot of really good food” — but others reacted differently, telling Barrett they were voting for [Republican Governor Scott] Walker and not shaking his hand when he extended it.

Asked if he got this kind of reaction when he ran against Walker in 2010, Barrett said, “No no, this is a newer occurrence.”

Ann Althouse chalks this up to combined voter fatigue/revulsion; I agree, but I do want to take mild exception to BuzzFeed’s title (“What It’s Like At America’s Most Polarized Dairy Breakfast“). “Polarized” implies a reasonably even split; and, judging from the article itself, there was no even split.  People at that breakfast were portrayed as being generally tired of the recall, and by implication being generally tired of Tom Barrett, and by implication being generally tired of the Wisconsin Democratic party.  I can’t imagine that the anti-Walker forces are going to be happy about any of that.

Honestly?  The Democrats should have thrown in their cards when the Wisconsin primary results came in, and it turned out that Scott Walker – despite not actually having an actual primary opponent – managed to get almost as many votes as the entire Democratic slate combined.  Admittedly, that would have meant that the Democrats would have to have confessed that they had thrown away tens of millions of their supporters’ money – money that could have gone to other candidates; candidates that could have won – but as it stands Wisconsin Democrats have merely thrown away that money anyway.  There’s a certain moral courage involved in not throwing good money after bad…

…oh, right, I forgot.  We’re talking about the Democratic party leadership, here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: I need hardly say to my Wisconsin readers: Go Vote On Tuesday.  That’s because I know that my Wisconsin readers are already eagerly counting the days until Tuesday, and that they blocked out their visit to the voting booth months ago.

*This is one of those American local political traditions that generally get ignored by inside-the-Beltway types, right up to the point when there’s an actual election and it turns out that such events are often accurate harbingers of DOOM.

20 Comments

  • qsclues says:

    Prediction: If Walker wins by at least 6 points, Romney wins the election in November. If Walker wins by more than 10 points, Romney wins Wisconsin as part of that.

  • Beej says:

    PPP is releasing a poll tonight. Sometime between 11 and midnight Eastern.

    Since it’s a final poll I’m assuming they’re going for accuracy and I plan to stay up for it.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Beej: I’m going to guess – based on this tweet – that it’s going to be Walker above 50% and probably +4. [The real question is whether they’re going to go with LVs.]

  • techsan says:

    Don’t get cocky. (h/t Glenn). I want to believe. Bit not till it’s official. Tuesday is the only protest movement that counts. Optimistically, I do thInk a lot of us have quietly waited to tell the rude recall supporters where to stick their ill-chosen form of protest.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      While I agree that not getting cocky is a good idea, it is counter-balanced by the truth that if you are going to hammer somebody into the ground you had better damned well put your back into the swing. :) I want the Online Left to be afraid when I make the DOOMcall.

  • Catseye says:

    Just think of all that money that isn’t going to be there when O’bama really really needs it. It’s all part of the democrats unfolding disaster for 2012.

  • techsan says:

    No argument there…Moe.

  • Beej says:

    [The real question is whether they’re going to go with LVs.]

    It didn’t even occur to me they wouldn’t. Dang.

    Thanks for the link to the tweet. I hadn’t seen that. I don’t follow PPP because I don’t believe them, but I thought I’d check them out this time because they might aim for accuracy on a final poll in an election everyone’s watching.

  • DaveP. says:

    Put the Fear into them, then keep the Fear going. Defeat happens in the mind of the enemy.

  • jetty says:

    It’s going to be a rout in November. I just hope that the election becomes a referendum on liberalism AND the MSM.

  • Catseye says:

    And like I said O’Bama is really really going to need all that money come August and September. This is going to hurt them a lot more than us. I expect sometime in August and September to be the Breaking Point when the MSM turns on O’bama. October is just going to be hellish for them.

  • Beej says:

    Off by one

    You rule!

    I want the spread to be bigger. I wonder if Rasmussen will poll. (Now that I think of it I haven’t checked their site. I’ve just assumed I’d hear.)

  • OU812 says:

    Doh! PPP only has Walker up by 3 and it’s a large, Likely voter sample. Don’t tell me Milwaukee Tom’s gained some over the last week or so.

    I don’t want this to be a nail-biter, I want it to be a clear-cut Walker victory that he can rub in the Democrat faces and make us (he he, me) sleep better at night. Come on Wisconsinites – get out and vote for Walker! Don’t take anything for granted!

  • PubliusNV says:

    Yeah, what OU812 said. Get out and vote! Have to win beyond the margin of fraud!

  • Lady Penguin says:

    I’m looking forward to your DOOM analysis of the various races. Tomorrow is going to be a good start.

  • Beej says:

    Ha! Jay Cost discovered why the race is “closer than it was a couple weeks ago.”

    A Warning About PPP’s Wisconsin Poll:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/note-ppp-s-wisconsin-poll_646481.html

    Ahh, the smell of desperation. I was wrong about PPP aiming for accuracy. It’s still about comforting the Dems.

  • Beej says:

    Shame on me for crediting the wrong person with that find. It was found by Christian Schneider at JSOnline.

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/156935235.html#!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

  • Beej says:

    I hope this isn’t a duplicate. I posted it once and don’t see it now.

    It was not Jay Cost who discovered the doctored poll, it was Christian Schneider – http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/156935235.html#!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

  • Wombat-socho says:

    Keep up the skeer, Cheeseheads! :)

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