Walker has a 51/47 approval rating. He’s up with men (55-42), whites (52-46), seniors (58-39), and especially voters in the Milwaukee suburbs (70/29). – Public Policy Polling
BLAME PRESIDENT OBAMA‘s lack of Democratic Party leadership if Tom Barrett can’t pull off an upset in tomorrow’s battle with Scott Walker.
When Tim Kaine was titular head of the DNC, he offered no economic message for the 2010 midterms, because Pres. Obama hasn’t had an economic message his entire first term.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz went to Wisconsin, but who cares, really? She’s now the functionary at the top of the DNC, but Barrett didn’t need her, he needed Pres. Obama to show up with cash through the DNC.
Pres. Bill Clinton wasn’t afraid of image problems, so he gladly campaigned for Barrett, while Obama stayed home out of fear that if he went and Barrett lost he’d look bad. Pres. Obama deserves to look bad for not showing any leadership.
PPP sees an opening for an upset by Barrett:
This is a close race, closer than it was a couple weeks ago. Scott Walker’s still the favorite but Barrett’s prospects for an upset look better than they have in a long time.
Given the donor numbers from Ben Smith at Buzzfeed today, it would have been a good strategic move if Obama had rallied the troops and made Wisconsin a battle line. Even if the outcome turns against Barrett and he doesn’t get the upset, imagine how Obama could have come out with a warning about what’s at stake for middle class workers if unions are vanquished for good.
Using Walker’s win as foreshadowing of the national austerity to come with Mitt Romney, Obama could have put his own political skin in the game for a good cause.
But Barack Obama doesn’t do causes larger than himself.
Forget chess, I’m not sure Obama’s 2012 team can even play checkers.
“If Democrats turn out in the numbers they did in 2008, Tom Barrett will win a surprise victory. If they don’t, Walker will survive,” Dean Debnam, president of PPP, said in a statement on the polling firms website. [Reuters]
Amanda Terkel reports Russ Feingold has said that the key to beating Walker is turnout bigger than 2010.