With Clinton and Obama Inbound, Scott Walker is on the Ropes in Wisconsin

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According to Gallup, Tea Party Republicans are highly motivated to vote in the midterms, and they will have to be if Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is to save his job. Robert Costa of the Washington Post has been tweeting Walker’s woes. Wisconsin’s governor is clearly in trouble in what has always been a tight race:


And Walker knows it:

The Democrats are doing some heavy lifting in the state. President Bill Clinton will be in Milwaukee today in support of Democrat Mary Burke, and President Obama will be in Milwaukee next Tuesday to ad his influence to Burke’s campaign.

This is significant, because Milwaukee turnout has gone overwhelmingly Democrat in the last two elections (2010 and 2012), and as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel points out, “Democrats don’t win close elections in Wisconsin without running up the score in Milwaukee.”

The best Walker can do is trot out Chris Christie:

And maybe Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, with whom The Iowa Republican says Walker has “a close personal relationship,” and Rep. Paul Ryan, with whom Walker has what The Washington Post calls a “bromance”:

It might be noted here that Ryan is another one of those guys of whom it is said he can’t beat Hilary Clinton. As The Washington Examiner reported in April,

There will be no Republican favorite son in Wisconsin in 2016 if Democrat Hillary Clinton runs, because she would slay Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan, according to a new poll that bolsters growing calls for Clinton to get into the race.

It is clear who has the bigger guns in this particular race, and it isn’t the pro-gun party. The only thing Walker has going where Ryan is concerned is that – though it doesn’t say much for Walker’s presidential aspirations – Ryan is more popular in Wisconsin than Walker.

Christie, another guy who can’t beat Hilary – even in his home state of New Jersey – can’t say the same, being less popular in Wisconsin than the man he is supporting, and you have to wonder these days if having Christie in your corner is an advantage or a detriment.

Particularly since questions are flying about that Christie – who has been friends with Walker since 2010 – doesn’t have Walker’s back. From The Weekly Standard:

Is New Jersey governor and Republican Governors Association chairman Chris Christie undercutting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s reelection effort? That’s a question a number of influential Wisconsin Republicans have been asking behind the scenes over the past week after an October 16 Associated Press report indicated that Walker and his allies were being outspent by Democratic challenger Mary Burke and her allies.

Oh dear.

And Salon’s Luke Brinker pointed out just a few days ago that both Walker and Christie are flying against the will of the people in their opposition to a minimum wage hike. As Brinker wrote, “it’s exceedingly difficult for Republicans to discuss the issue without sounding both callous and clueless.” Is dumb and dumber really the way to go when things are already so close?

Now granted, we’re talking about Bill Clinton visiting Milwaukee, not Hilary. But keep in mind that Bill Clinton is the only politician that angry voters still love in 2014. Yes, the Tea Party is fired up, but if there is an antidote to the Tea Party, it is Bill Clinton, who has not only defended both Hilary and President Obama from their attacks, but repeatedly eviscerated their stupidity.

So yes, Scott Walker is in trouble in Wisconsin. He makes much of his rival, Mary Burke, being a “Madison Democrat” and regrets now not labeling her as such much sooner:

But Scott Walker’s got bigger problems than whether or not Burke is a Madison Republican, and that is that he is a Koch Republican in what has historically been a progressive state, and a member in good standing of the Religious Right at a time when the country is turning more socially liberal.

And then there’s Walker’s issues with integrity and the various scandals of his administration, which will loom large in the final days of the campaign. Scott Walker can’t win this election on his own merits, because he has none. But he can win it on voter suppression and Koch wealth. In other words, he can only win it by rejecting democracy itself.

5 Replies to “With Clinton and Obama Inbound, Scott Walker is on the Ropes in Wisconsin”

  1. “In other words, he can only win it by rejecting democracy itself.”

    Hey, for guys like him, no problemo, dude. They don’t give a rat’s ass about the democratic process, for them the end justifies the means.

    Was doing some studying of the numbers – the R’s can win a Senate majority, but only by winning D seats in at least 6 out of a realistically possible 7 states (WV, SD, AR, LA, AK, CO, and IA) while maintaining their threatened seats in KY, GA, and KS.
    That seems like a pretty long stretch to me, especially seeing how things don’t appear to being going well for them in Ky, GA and KS. With some positive D turn-out, Dems could actually gain Senate seats.GOTV.

  2. Walker is no different than McConnell, he wants to save his job, while everybody else goes jobless. I hope Burk keeps hitting home how Walker has been an economic failure for Wisconsin! And I hope the DNC/DSCC provide her with the $$$ needed.

  3. Even though Walker and his GOPTP buddies and GOPTP-affiliated organizations want to deny it, his administration has been plagued by scandals which have been minimized by GOPTP-leaning Judge Rudolph Randa. Randa has ruled in favor of Walker and WI Club for Growth every single time. It was a huge shock to Walker when the SCOTUS ruled that he couldn’t use his latest voter suppression scheme on Nov. 4. I had read several times that the major reason Walker was fighting so hard for the new voter law to be in place is because he was counting on it to win a seond term. Without it, the emperor is naked and has nothing to hide behind, which is why he is now very “worried” about next month’s election. I hope he has many sleepless nights before Nov. 4 and that he’s working on a concession speech. He just might need it.

  4. “Plagued by scandals? A police-state style hit job by a partisan DA hack out to get him is what he has been plagued by. And now, the Democrats no one else wants campaigning for them are heading to Wisconsin because Mary Burke is a lightweight nobody who needs all the outside help she can get even if it means gambling the whole ball game on Barak Obama. This bit of wishful thinking will be fun to return to on November 4. Looking forward to it.

  5. I know you are learning impaired but the President won Wisconsin by 7 points. That’s a ass kicking now run along

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