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Marquette Univ. Law School. 3/22-25. Registered voters. MoE ±3.8% (±5.2% for Democratic primary sample). (1/19-22 in parentheses):
Tom Barrett (D): 45 (44)
Scott Walker (R-inc): 47 (50)

Kathleen Falk (D): 45 (42)
Scott Walker (R-inc): 49 (49)

Kathleen Vinehout (D): 41 (--)
Scott Walker (R-inc): 49 (--)

Doug La Folette (D): 42 (--)
Scott Walker (R-inc): 49 (--)

Tom Barrett (D): 36
Kathleen Falk (D): 29
Kathleen Vinehout (D): 8
Doug La Follette (D):  8
Undecided: 17

Kathleen Falk (D): 54
Doug La Follette (D):  15
Kathleen Vinehout (D): 12
Undecided: 18

The Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election is sneaking up on us: The Democratic primary is only a little more than a month away, on May 8, and the general election is set for June 5. If you remember the state Senate recall elections of last year, you know how the system works in Wisconsin. Unlike many other states, where a recall election is a "yes" or "no" vote on whether to keep an incumbent which creates a vacancy if the recall is successful, under Wisconsin law, replacement is dealt with on the same day; the incumbent under recall is pitted against an opponent from the opposite party, and if he's recalled, the opponent takes over. In a way, that makes a recall harder, because in most other states, you actually can beat someone with no one, if that someone sucks enough. In Wisconsin, you have to run an actual person against the recallee, and with Russ Feingold's decision not to run, the Democrats don't readily have a magic bullet available who outpolls Scott Walker.

As with most other polls we've seen of the recall race, it's looking like a game of inches, with most people having made up their minds long ago amidst Wisconsin's hyper-polarized environment, and the battle being over the last few undecided swing voters. (Public Policy Polling's February poll of the race gave small leads to Barrett and Falk, but that's the only poll where actual named Democrats, as opposed to Generic D, have led.) This month's sample from Marquette shows some improvement for the Democrats since their previous poll in January, though still with a thin Walker advantage.

The two likeliest Democratic nominees, Milwaukee mayor, ex-representative, and '10 gubernatorial race loser Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, are both within the margin of error against Walker. Falk is clearly getting better-known, as she has 34 percent unknowns, down from 56 percent in January, thanks to significant TV advertising. Barrett remains well-known from his previous run, basically unchanged at 38 percent unknown (down from 39 percent in January). (One other interesting sidenote: Barrett and Falk have run against each other before, both losing the three-way 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary to eventual Gov. Jim Doyle.)

Barrett, however, has higher favorables among the sample of Democratic primary voters (47/19, compared with Falk's 39/29); though Falk is organized labor's preferred candidate, Barrett has a significant lead over her in the primary. Barrett, however, hasn't declared his candidacy yet (though his actions this week seem to be pointing toward a run), and if he doesn't run, Falk has a wide lead over the two lesser-known candidates. (The lesser-known part seems odd for Doug La Follette, since he has been the state's Secretary of State for several decades and is part of Wisconsin's iconic political family.) At any rate, Barrett is promising an announcement by April 3, though, so things will start to gel soon.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and Daily Kos.

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  •  I think this poll vastly underweighted (6+ / 0-)

    the stache effect.

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:15:20 PM PDT

  •  Real, real shame Feingold turned this race down (10+ / 0-)

    I know he isn't particularly liked around these parts for his 2010 campaign, but based on those numbers there is no question he would be beating Scott Walker right now.

    And lord knows he would have been a fantastic governor.

    "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

    by xcave on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:19:50 PM PDT

  •  La Follette (6+ / 0-)

    Apparently Doug La Follette is only a distant relative of Bob, Bob Jr, and Bronson.  

    Also, the Secretary of State's office in Wisconsin doesn't have any actual power or responsibilities other than "guard the Seal of the Great State of Wisconsin" and publishing bills.  More to the point, the Secretary of  State has no role in running elections, like it does in most other states with an elected secretary of state.  

    This is why Republicans never bother to field a decent candidate to run against Doug La Follette, because he doesn't do anything anyway.  In 2010, the Republican nominee was a black conservative preacher from inner-city Milwaukee.  

  •  i think we'll really need to wait (5+ / 0-)

    until there's but one candidate opposing walker.

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:23:46 PM PDT

  •  The poll showed a dead heat (3+ / 0-)
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    exterris, citydem, madmojo

    with the democrats most likely candidate, and that's the bottom line.

    The definition of INSANITY: Voting Republican over and over and over and expecting the economy to get better.

    by pollbuster on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 12:26:37 PM PDT

  •  When is PPP going to do another poll and how (2+ / 0-)
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    Sark Svemes, WisVoter

    accurate or how predictable is that +/- 3.8%, assuming turnout will be pretty big?

  •  To be fair, I think you should show us a photo of (4+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, scribeboy, R30A, Sark Svemes

    a younger Kathleen Falk as well. :0)

  •  Remarkably promising (3+ / 0-)
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    R30A, Sark Svemes, WisVoter

    Walker should be getting creamed, but $12 million of advertising will do that for a guy. That it is still a statistical tie is very good news.

    (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

    by TrueBlueDem on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:09:35 PM PDT

  •  looks like Barrett (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, Sark Svemes

    is unquestionably better.  He does 2 points better and holds Walker 2 points lower as well.

    19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

    by jncca on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:22:08 PM PDT

    •  But how much of that is due just to name rec? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  I'm not a Falk fan (5+ / 0-)

      I'll certainly vote and support her should she win. But I think Barrett is the stronger candidate. Having said that, the difference is MOE and also Barrett is better known so I wouldn't put too much stock into this poll gauging the stronger candidate.

      But like I said, I think Barrett is the stronger candidate as he has a few key advantages. This going to be primarily a turnout election and he's going to squeeze every single vote out of Milwaukee and I don't think Falk has the same stroke in Madison. Two, I think he has a little more appeal to Independents. Some of this is policy but a lot of it is perception as it's quite easy to pigeonhole Falk as the Madison Liberal. Finally, and Falk supporters hate when you bring this up, is electoral history. Excluding primaries both have run statewide once. Barrett lost to a strong candidate in a very Republican year. Falk lost to, in my opinion, a mediocre candidate in a historically democratic year especially considering Jim Doyle had a relatively large 8 point win.

      •  Barrett may lose Milwaukee votes (1+ / 0-)
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        peptabysmal

        by jumping ship on the residents for the Gov job.
        Also, kissing  up to Rob Emmanuel hurts him.

        RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

        by Sark Svemes on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:44:04 PM PDT

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        •  I don't think (3+ / 0-)
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          WI Teacher, rosarugosa, exterris

          People really care about people jumping from one race to another. There are endless examples of Governors and  Senators who ran for re-election amid talk that they would be running for President two years later. Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson are two recent examples, and the success rate of those candidates is through the roof.

          I assume you mean Rahm Emanuel and if this is going to be a battle of association, I really like our chances. Walker's got the endless list of DC and NY lobbyists whose ass he's been kissing these past few months. And then of course there's this gem: "The distinction we’re making is not one of saying his issues are extreme, they certainly are not" which was said about Klu Kluz Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

          •  Poll (0+ / 0-)

            I think that Barrett will do extremely well in the city of Milwaukee if he runs.  Whoever Dem candidate is probably needs to net over 225,000 votes from Milwaukee and Dane counties to win.  I know that there is going to be a huge effort to get out the vote in Milwaukee.  This poll also had Obama beating Romney by 5%.  Today Rasmussen, of all people, had a poll showing Obama beating Romney by 11% in Wisconsin.  The Marquette poll also shows about 20% of Dems in Wisconsin approved of Walker's job performance.  Hard for me to believe.  I believe that vote will be extremely close and polls will be within a few points throughout the spring.

      •  Falk will get creamed in the general (1+ / 0-)
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        peptabysmal

        She is not well liked, to put it mildly.
        The Teapublicans are frothing at the mouth to vote for her in the primary.

        RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

        by Sark Svemes on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:48:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Both of your comments are (2+ / 0-)
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          rosarugosa, askew

          completely ridiculous and devoid of fact.

          20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

          by ndrwmls10 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:56:44 PM PDT

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          •  Sure. Okay. (2+ / 0-)
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            rosarugosa, peptabysmal

            Rahm-at-Milwaukee-fundraiser

            I spend a great deal of time every single day reading the comment sections of WI newspapers and various forums.
            I read the Teapublican sites.
            I ask to everyone I run into what they think.

            But yeah.

            Both of your comments are completely ridiculous and devoid of fact.
            Yeah.

            RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

            by Sark Svemes on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:52:41 PM PDT

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          •  Leave Dane Co., and Falk in not very popular (2+ / 0-)
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            peptabysmal, exterris

            I'm not so sure about Barrett losing any Milwaukee votes...when push comes to shove, people will in Milwaukee will vote for him because he's not Walker.... and only the real politicos in the crowd are really paying attention to the Rahm thing.

            However, I completely agree about Falk.  It was a Republican wet dream to have her in the primary.  Every poll I've seen (and I recall seeing three now in the past two months) has Barrett crushing Falk in a primary of democratic voters.  However, I can guarantee you that there will be a strong republican turn out to vote for Falk. They think (rightly or wrongly) that she does not stand a chance That extra push could put her over Barrett in a primary.  

            I can also tell you that there are a bunch of teachers angry about how WEAC threw their support behind her (without the permission of it's members) before the recall was certified and all candidates announced.  It reeks of desperation on her part, and only served to bring in union campaign money.  She knows she couldn't beat Barrett among Dems if Barrett gets in - which is why she was out there preempting any announcement by him next week, and asking him to get behind her candidacy.  Fat chance - he's in before the weekend is out. I just hope republican crossover don't ruin the chances of booting Walker out.

            •  She's not exactly popular here in Dane Co. either (3+ / 0-)
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              3goldens, exterris, bumiputera

              She does have loyal fans, but most of the people I know are pretty turned off by her. The reasons are varied. County Board members complained that she'd propose a no-tax-increase budget, knowing that the board would change it -- the same thing Walker did in Milwaukee. She dithered on allowing the county's RTA board members to approve a transit tax until it was too late, and the Walker regime killed the RTA altogether. And it's never been clear why she quit in the middle of her term a year ago. Etc.

  •  One nitpick (6+ / 0-)

    The recall challenger doesn't have to be from the opposite party. Incumbents have lost their seats in recall primaries before, notably when Sen. Gary George lost a recall to Sen. Spencer Coggs.

    •  Oregon also had a Republican (1+ / 0-)
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      WisJohn

      state senator named Gary George, until 2009.  His son Larry George is in the state senate in a different district, and Oregon Republicans recently had another father-son pair in the senate, Charles Starr and his son Bruce Starr.  But Larry George, IIRC, primaried Charles Starr.

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:16:25 PM PDT

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  •  Any Marquette Univ. Law School poll is suspect due (2+ / 0-)
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    peptabysmal, exterris

    to the background and business interests of it's pollster, Charles Franklin:

    He [Franklin] once, not long ago, was engaged with the Bradley Foundation's Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Then he became a Marquette law school University pollster. Is he paid to be at Marquette?

    Recall that the Bradley Foundation's front WPRI entered into a Faustian deal with the University of Wisconsin Political Science Department. UW was to do the polling but WPRI had total control--when to poll, questions to ask, spinning results. And agreeing that Wisconsin's Open Records would not apply. I am not kidding. After Fighting Bob.com made an open records request that was granted by the UW, the profs at UW Poli Sci changed the deal. Polling would no longer be done on UW time or equipment and a new group would be formed with at least one major player, Poli Sci prof Charles Franklin. Franklin then supposedly became a professor at Marquette Law School and his new poll is now the Marquette Law School poll.

    http://www.fightingbob.com

    "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

    by ranton on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:05:10 PM PDT

    •  That said, the numbers seem vaguely plausible (3+ / 0-)
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      rosarugosa, peptabysmal, sapelcovits

      and remind us not, never, to take this recall effort for granted, and that we ought to be pulling out all the stops for it.

    •  Agreed (3+ / 0-)
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      WisVoter, rosarugosa, exterris

      Although this poll was at least in the ballpark with margin of error (unlike the one in late January - 7% MoE...are you kidding??).  

      That being said, PPP seems to be the most acurate in this state over the past couple of years - they certainly did a bang up job with the recalls this summer compared to anyone else who tried... and I can't imagine it being easy to try and predict voter turnout tendancies in a recall situation, esp. at the state senate level like they did this past summer.  I'm looking forward to seeing more from them in the coming weeks.

       

  •  Tipped, recced and republised to (2+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, exterris

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 04:17:24 PM PDT

  •  completing the flip of the wisc senate is also up (3+ / 0-)

    with four more republican state senators undergoing recall jitters. be nice to win it all (especially governor) but even just gaining one democratic senate seat changes the whole ball game in wisconisn.

  •  They were worried that as time went on Walker (4+ / 0-)

    could recover, and it looks like he may have. If they had had
    the election closer to the outrage we would have had a much better shot at it.

    "...be still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

    by Wildthumb on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:45:41 PM PDT

  •  I just don't get it (2+ / 0-)
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    mconvente, Timmethy

    I still for the life of me cannot believe that there are that many people out there who fall for the bullshit lies they are being told.  I cannot believe that people in this state are that fucking stupid.  Yeah I'm frustrated.  I just can't figure out how people can be so damned ignorant.

    Part of me wishes he'd win the recall, so then maybe, just maybe these dumb bastards would see how much they are being lied to.  And then I realize, it won't matter.  No matter what, they will never admit how much of a corporate puppet and asshole Scott Walker and the Fitzgerald boyz are.

    •  People aren't "fooled" by him (0+ / 0-)

      they agree with him.  A lot of people, not only in WI, but nationwide, have a very dim view of public employee unions, and teacher unions.  

      I know people here in PA who are members of private unions, and they HATE the public employee unions.  I know one guy who is a member of our local Port Authority union, and he HATES the teachers unions.  These unions are NOT popular, which must be the reason why Walker still polls close to 50%.

  •  Why the FUCK (3+ / 0-)
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    Zinman, peptabysmal, mconvente

    is there more than ONE Democratic candidate??????

    Why can't they work it out beforehand and gather forces to WIN????

    I would have thought the Wisconsin Democrats UNDERSTOOD THE SITUATION!

    Is there any hope at all that we, the opposition to fascism, can be intelligent enough to prevail?

    When fascism came to America, it was wrapped in a flag and carrying a bible.

    by BigBuck on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:52:02 PM PDT

  •  Good lord -- 47% to 49% of (4+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, mconvente, Monitor78, jnww

    those in WI would still support Walker today.  Does WI have an unusually high number of high income/high net worth people or a high percentage of ignoramuses?

  •  Until we have a single... (5+ / 0-)

    ...candidate I don't think you will see great poll numbers. I hope Barrett does not run. Barca is the guy we need.

    "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

    by Mark E Andersen on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:53:19 PM PDT

    •  RIGHT! (0+ / 0-)

      Why don't we have a single candidate right now, to get the maximum inertia against the sitting duck Walker?  If I were running the party in Wisconsin, that's how it would be.

      - and it's not about me, it's about incompetent leadership.  Would the Kochs permit this?  That's how we should all be thinking.    

      When fascism came to America, it was wrapped in a flag and carrying a bible.

      by BigBuck on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:58:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That actually would be a bad idea (4+ / 0-)

        The activist community here believes rather strongly in open government with lots of public involvement, and would not appreciate it if a candidate were chosen for them unless that candidate were named Russ Feingold. Also, if the party apparatchiks were to pick a candidate for us, they could well choose someone popular in their cocktail circles but toxic outstate, or someone otherwise not up to the job. You're right that the Kochs would choose a candidate, but trying to use their strategy with our resources would be a big mistake.

        Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, unapologetic supporter of Obama and Occupy. Tammy Baldwin for Senate and Recall Walker!

        by fearlessfred14 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:43:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Barca is not as good at public speaking as (1+ / 0-)
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      bumiputera

      some of the potential nominees.

      Barrett is the strongest candidate we could have other than Feingold.  He's the best choice.

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:09:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wisconsin gives me pause (1+ / 0-)
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    mconvente

    It feels like this shouldn't be such an uphill battle. It makes me worry about assumptions we make around here about GOP over reach and our ability to do anything about it. If we can only oust a guy like Walker in a 50.1-49.9 type recall in a "blue" state, I think the fall will be a lot tougher than we want to admit.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:11:47 PM PDT

    •  Problem: American public is dumb as shit (0+ / 0-)

      They don't like how things are going, largely due to Republican policies, and Democrats not getting far enough away from those policies, so they respond by voting for Republicans.  

    •  If I had to guess (0+ / 0-)

      what you are seeing is election fatique.

      Many voters actually regard elections as absolutely necessary, but mostly a pain in the butt.

      The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

      by fladem on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 06:02:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I think you're right (0+ / 0-)

        this thing is kind of running out of oxygen and energy.  I think people are just getting tired of going from one election to a petition, to an election, to a petition, rinse, repeat, ad nauseum.

        This will be about the 4th or 5th election in WI in the last 18 months.

  •  Impressed by Vinehout (2+ / 0-)
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    exterris, stcroix cheesehead

    I met Kathleen Vinehout at a meet and great in Superior yesterday and was very impressed.  Unfortunately, she's got a steep hill to climb against Falk's money and name recognition.  On the other hand, given all the connections people made with each other last year, it isn't inconceivable that a candidate like Vinehout could go viral.

    If Barrett doesn't run, we need to all get behind Vinehout.  Falk is a very weak candidate and the lack of enthusiasm about her in my neck of the woods (I work in Superior) is palpable.

    •  according to what I've read, (0+ / 0-)

      Vinehout is not as pro-choice as our other options.  I don't know if that matters to you or not.

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:11:17 PM PDT

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      •  Depends on your perspective. (2+ / 0-)
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        James Allen, exterris

        How pro-choice does a politician need to be?

        I've spoken with Sen. Vinehout about this. Her motivation was to get legislation that worked, rather than legislation that made a stand but was overturned later on constitutional grounds. I've heard her say that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare (we need to support women's access to contraception AND ability to support children after they are born).

        I'm satisfied that she is pro-choice.. But I'm male & past my reproductive years, so I respect that YMMV.

        The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

        by stcroix cheesehead on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 09:36:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Vinehout (3+ / 0-)

        I used to work for Vinehout as an intern, and knowing her personally, I can tell you that she is definitely pro-choice.  She is very smart and very likable, and I think if she were to make it through the primary, she would easily be our strongest general election candidate.  I'm definitely going to be voting for her.

      •  She is Pro-Choice (0+ / 0-)

        I asked her about this directly and also did some research.  The accusation that she is "not pro-choice" is based on a single vote she took on a pharmacy conscience clause.  Her vote was based on technical reasons related to provisions in the Wisconsin state constitution.  The matter was settled the next year to everyone's mutual satisfaction (or at least everyone who favors access women's health services).

        This one vote was taken out of context in order to slime her.  I'll let others speculate on where the slime originated.

        •  That's not true at all. (0+ / 0-)

          She has a long anti-choice record. She killed a bill repealing the criminal abortion ban and served on the board of Democrats for Life. She opposed the appointment of two qualified doctors to the state medical board because they supported performing abortions at the UW Hospital, and she couldn't even bring herself to support a non-binding resolution honoring Planned Parenthood.

          You can read all about it here:

          http://www.prochoicewisconsin.org/...

  •  How the Hell (2+ / 0-)
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    stcroix cheesehead, exterris

    is Walker polling so well, given the John Doe investigations and people close to him being charged right and left?  It all points to one of two possibilities: 1) Walker was remarkably clueless as to what was going on around him, or 2) He was chin-deep in it himself.  Neither of those is something one should want in a Governor.

    What the hell?

    •  Millions of Koch dollars (1+ / 0-)
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      stcroix cheesehead

      Saturation advertising telling everyone that Walker's "reforms" are working.

      Plus all the anti-abortion Republicans who aren't interested in facts. Walker started as an anti-abortion activist and the fundies are fanatically devoted to him.

      •  And, if the economy continues to improve... (0+ / 0-)

        Dems are in a catch-22.  Dems want the economy, right-track/wrong-track, and public optimism indicators to improve to help Obama,...but the same thing happening in WI creates a problem.  Either people start to believe that Walker's reforms worked, or they just get a little more fat and complacent (or just less riled up), and therefore less energized for change.

  •   (1+ / 0-)
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    scribeboy

    Once there is an ESTABLISHED candidate, these numbers will change very quickly... this campaign hasn't even STARTED yet.

    That said, this is the beginning of the end for these lowlifes and a template will be established for the rest of the nation as well.  To paraphrase Yamamoto after Pearl Harbor... the "sleeping giant" of Progressives and other decent Americans has finally been awakened and filled with a terrible resolve.

    Not a moment too soon.

    They were almost there, but the momentum is now being stymied by their perennial 'Achilles Heel'… overreaching and underestimating the breaking point of a populace that has little left to lose.

    
It’s uncanny.

    With every new assault on the rule of law..

    With every new action...

    With every new mugging of the people..

    With every new attempt to take their elected office and create a personal fiefdom so as to lie, cheat, con and use the citizens as chattel to manipulate, negate, expropriate and preempt as they wish..

    With every utterance emanating from their mouths like a putrescent, green fog they only amplify their breathtaking contempt for the electorate and their willful ignorance..  and it only serves to illuminate their ingrained sociopathy.

    With every, single step that they take, they are driving yet another nail into their own coffins... pounding them in harder with each blow… ready and eager to bury themselves and their entire, degenerate agenda with them once and for all.

    The American People have finally been aroused to the reality of what these libertines truly stand for... nothing more than a gaggle of witless ideologues and schills for those who want to turn working people into a class of indentured servants.

    None of the bagger Governors would have been elected had their constituents known that this was going to be the way that they were planning to "lead".

Brewer, Walker, Snyder, Kasich, LePage, Scott... not a single one would be in office if the elections were held today.... all of the polls are unanimous in this.

    It is the job of each and every one of us to hoist the standards raised by our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and remind voters and activists of this revolution everywhere and everyday until all of these traitors and seditionists are relegated back into the steaming dungheap from which they emerged.  

    And until we prevail, we will all still be in danger.



    The sooner the better.

    "I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy."

    by Sandy Berman on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:21:37 PM PDT

    •  Keep on believing that (0+ / 0-)

      You can look at this glass as half-full, as well.  While the GOP has been doing thi stuff everywhere they have control, WI is the ONLY state where recalls are happening - and only because the Dems left the state and got the MSM's attention..

  •  NBC/Marist - March 26-27 (1+ / 0-)
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    Walker: 46
    Eventual Dem: 48
    MoE 1.9

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/...

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