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5 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Will Lose Wisconsin (Projecting Lefty Alert!)
In Business Magazine ^ | June 26, 2012 | Tom Breuer

Posted on 06/26/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

I don’t see it happening, though, and here’s why:

1. History: Until the trend is broken, Wisconsin is still a blue state when it comes to presidential politics. Our state has not gone to a Republican since 1984, when Ronald Reagan rolled to an easy victory over Walter Mondale, who consistently came off as a slightly less ebullient Droopy Dog. Despite winning the presidency twice, George W. Bush never took Wisconsin, and even Michael Dukakis eked out a win in ’88 while getting thumped nationally by George H.W. Bush. In fact, in the 1988 election, Wisconsin accounted for nearly 10% of Dukakis’ final electoral vote count. (If we’ve done nothing else worthwhile, Wisconsinites have consistently said no to Bushes. Imagine how much better off we’d be today if the rest of the country had had as much sense.)

2. Buyer’s remorse: Walker’s riding high now after winning a recall election that many of the state’s voters were philosophically opposed to, but there’s no guarantee that his campaign can transfer any of its momentum to Romney. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that Walker is just an empty suit.

During Romney’s Wisconsin appearance, Walker introduced the former Massachusetts governor, saying, “We were able to show here in Wisconsin that you can turn things around. We've turned things around in Wisconsin. It's time to elect a leader who can turn things around for America."

The meme that Republicans and their confederates are trying to advance is that Wisconsin is on the right track economically thanks to Walker’s austerity measures while Obama is leading the nation down a primrose path to ruin.

The numbers simply don’t support this narrative, however.

By pretty much any measure, Walker has been a lousy job creator. He’s not a total screw-up, of course. Indeed, the one thing he’s been spectacularly good at is convincing a large number of people that he doesn’t suck at his job. (In that respect, however, he’s really no different than Keanu Reeves or Carrot Top.)

Prior to the recall election, Kevin McGee, an economics professor at UW-Oshkosh, and Marc V. Levine, founding director of the Center for Economic Development at UW-Milwaukee, wrote editorials for the Oshkosh Northwestern and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, respectively.

They concluded that if Keanu Reeves and Carrot Top had a love child and it started making economic policy decisions for the state of Wisconsin, it would do a far better job than Scott Walker. (And there’d be amusing props to boot.)

Remember those revised job numbers Walker proudly presented to the residents of Wisconsin like a dog bringing a decomposing squirrel head to its master?

Wrote McGee: “... by [Walker’s] preferred QC numbers, Wisconsin gained substantially fewer jobs under Walker than in the rest of the Midwest or the rest of the country, gained substantially fewer jobs under Walker than in the previous year under Doyle, and in fact lost jobs from June through December. By Walker's preferred numbers, he is at best a D+ job creator.”

And Levine’s take? “... under Walker, Wisconsin's employment record has diverged, in a negative way, from national trends and, more than ever, lags the national economy.”

The most amusing analysis, however, comes from blogger Jon Peacock of the Wisconsin Budget Project. He notes that Walker’s preferred numbers, which have conservatives peeing their pantaloons with joy, are almost exactly as good the recent tepid national numbers, which have conservatives peeing their pantaloons with rage.

Says Peacock, “Analyzing the figures that Governor Walker says we should be using, it turns out that the growth rate Wisconsin achieved last year (when most other states were doing considerably better) is the same as the percentage increase nationally during the ‘spring swoon.’”

So why are conservatives holding up Walker’s performance as exemplary while panning Obama’s performance when it’s the exact same performance (at least in recent months)?

Well, because Obama’s a socialist, and Walker is not.

3. Money: Romney won’t have a huge spending advantage over Obama like Walker had over Barrett.

While the claims of some progressives that Walker outspent Barrett 10-to-1 or 7-to-1 were extremely misleading (because of spending done on behalf of the candidates by outside groups), Walker did have a considerable monetary advantage. One estimate put Walker’s advantage at 3-to-1, which is depressing enough without having to embellish it.

Because of a peculiarity in Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws, Walker was able to raise unlimited funds for months, while Barrett had to scramble to build his war chest. While it’s possible Obama will be outspent in the end, any financial disadvantage will be minuscule compared to what Barrett faced. And Wisconsin should be hard-fought until the final whistle, so Obama is likely to dish it out as much as he takes it.

4. We’re barely underway: At some point, Romney’s bound to visit Wisconsin and say something weirdly out of touch. (My best guess: How ’bout that gritty cheese?)

While the aforementioned Rasmussen poll was a watershed moment for Romney in Wisconsin, his support could wax and wane several times before the election. For example, a Marquette Law School poll, which came out after the Rasmussen poll, indicated that Obama still had the edge.

5. Romney baptizes dead people, and other stories: In 2008, candidate Obama had a well-publicized pastor problem. Fortunately for him, he was able to jettison Jeremiah Wright and move on with his campaign. Romney doesn’t have this option because the pastor causing his pastor problem is him. Romney has successfully parted ways with liberal Romney, RomneyCare Romney, and trying-to-keep-up-with-crazy-Rick-Santorum’s-pre-Renaissance-conservatism Romney, but can you really get the stink of a dead-person baptism off you?


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: dnc4romney; loserromney; obama4romney; weakromney
Bitter, delusional, LOSER Lefty ravings. Have fun, LOL!
1 posted on 06/26/2012 5:17:49 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Jean S; All

PING!

I read ‘In Bidness’ Magazine for work - it’s a pro-business, pro-capitalist publication for the most part.

HOWEVER, they throw in Timmy from time to time for ‘balance.’ *SMIRK*

Yep. The most important thing we can do is let these lefties have a forum. The more they talk, the REDDER Wisconsin becomes - Wa-Hoo! :)


2 posted on 06/26/2012 5:28:33 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All

It’s my understanding that Mormon’s do NOT baptize dead people, they have Baptisms for the dead, as another is baptized by proxy. If I’m incorrect, someone correct me. But, hell, The Catholic church says prayers for the dead. So, whassup? Just sayin’.


3 posted on 06/26/2012 5:30:59 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Hunton Peck; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; bushwon; ...

Wisconsin presidential ping. What would Ryan on the ticket do to this projection?

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


4 posted on 06/26/2012 5:43:26 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Romney won’t have a huge spending advantage over Obama like Walker had over Barrett.

Even the Puffington Host says that Dems outspent Republicans by 15% against Walker and that does not include the fight just to get the recall on the ballot.

5 posted on 06/26/2012 5:46:34 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought Solyndra)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Paul Ryan is the man for the job. He’ll smoke Biden in the debates. I would pay to see that.


6 posted on 06/26/2012 5:57:27 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (My Governor's a JEDI, Wisconsin for the WIN ! June 5, 2012)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Yup,the voters of Wisconsin proved a few weeks ago just how deep blue they really are.
7 posted on 06/26/2012 6:02:47 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A conservative could definitely win Wisconsin but since it is liberal vs. liberal it could go Democratic. What a shame.


8 posted on 06/26/2012 6:02:52 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

1. This is the only reason that matters. School will be in session and each student will cast multiple votes for their Zhero.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 6:10:55 PM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Reason #6.) Massive voter fraud


10 posted on 06/26/2012 6:21:04 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: pistolpackinpapa
George Washington was a Mason, but was a great President.

I would have liked a Christian over a Mormon, But I will take a Mormon over the Muslim, or a Mason any day.

11 posted on 06/26/2012 6:28:59 PM PDT by factmart
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Since Romney did not successfully part ways with Leftwinglunaticloser Romney, the guys article is total baloney.

There are states Romney can lose where the Mittbots imagine he'll have an easy time.

12 posted on 06/26/2012 6:43:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: napscoordinator
I'm from Wisconsin and the Conservatives here have a brain they will support Ronmey like the Country depends on it, because it does,

Also people in Wisconsin seen how Obama tried to take Walker out and they know that the White House was The instigator.

This is not Your Daddy's Republican’s Party anymore in Wisconsin.

We are energized to take Obama out.

And the Union blew their Wad and won't have the money to compete here.

13 posted on 06/26/2012 6:44:42 PM PDT by factmart
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To: factmart

This is not Your Daddy’s Republican’s Party anymore in Wisconsin.

No kidding...You guys are big time liberals.


14 posted on 06/26/2012 8:20:49 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Obama won Wisconsin handily in 2008, but he won’t this time if at all. Bush barely lost Wisconsin by less than one percent in both 2000 and 2004. To say that Wisconsin is a blue state after Walker got elected and re-elected as gov. and Ron Johnson got elected as senator is to be whistling in the dark. This Breuer clown is a fool, but he doesn’t know it.


15 posted on 06/26/2012 8:27:20 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Five? I can only think of one: Election Fraud


16 posted on 06/26/2012 8:39:28 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: napscoordinator
Ya we defeated the public unions and now we are all out to defeat obama.
17 posted on 06/26/2012 9:17:21 PM PDT by factmart
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To: LouD

They are going to have to act and act FAST when they’re back in session come end-o-summer. I’m betting Voter ID is Priority One. :)

Oh, the LibTards just HATE it when we fight back, don’t they? They’re so used to us just rolling belly up on all this sh!t.

*SMIRK*


18 posted on 06/26/2012 9:17:44 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: napscoordinator; factmart

This is not Your Daddy’s Republican’s Party anymore in Wisconsin.

No kidding...You guys are big time liberals.
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Come on naps; lay down the “broad brush” and the judgmental attitude. Can’t you ever try being a little encouraging once in awhile instead of always being so damn mean-spirited. I know it’s not your nature but, if you work at it......... It must be hell for the people who have to live with you and around you. You always come across as one bitter person.


19 posted on 06/27/2012 2:44:29 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I can tell you one reason and one reason only why He will Lose, He is a Freakin Wimp


20 posted on 06/27/2012 3:21:53 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: pistolpackinpapa

I have said before that I am voting for Romney because we have zero choice but I can’t tell you how much I hate the idea. I DO NOT bash Romney in my personal life at all (Non FREEPER Friends of mine are not as smart and might actually take what I say as Gospel). I just figure on Free Republic is the place for me to vent because I am among friends and also I know that every FREEPER wants Obama out of office even with Romney. That is really the bottom line with me.


21 posted on 06/27/2012 3:28:53 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

After the Scott Walker recall blew up in the Democrats’ faces?

Sorry, Tom, I don’t think so....


22 posted on 06/27/2012 5:38:18 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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