Skip to comments.5 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Will Lose Wisconsin (Projecting Lefty Alert!)
Posted on 06/26/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
I dont see it happening, though, and heres 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 weve done nothing else worthwhile, Wisconsinites have consistently said no to Bushes. Imagine how much better off wed be today if the rest of the country had had as much sense.)
2. Buyers remorse: Walkers riding high now after winning a recall election that many of the states voters were philosophically opposed to, but theres no guarantee that his campaign can transfer any of its momentum to Romney. In fact, theres a lot of evidence that Walker is just an empty suit.
During Romneys 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 Walkers austerity measures while Obama is leading the nation down a primrose path to ruin.
The numbers simply dont support this narrative, however.
By pretty much any measure, Walker has been a lousy job creator. Hes not a total screw-up, of course. Indeed, the one thing hes been spectacularly good at is convincing a large number of people that he doesnt suck at his job. (In that respect, however, hes 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 thered 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 [Walkers] 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 Levines 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 Walkers 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 Walkers performance as exemplary while panning Obamas performance when its the exact same performance (at least in recent months)?
Well, because Obamas a socialist, and Walker is not.
3. Money: Romney wont 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 Walkers advantage at 3-to-1, which is depressing enough without having to embellish it.
Because of a peculiarity in Wisconsins campaign finance laws, Walker was able to raise unlimited funds for months, while Barrett had to scramble to build his war chest. While its 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. Were barely underway: At some point, Romneys 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 doesnt 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-Santorums-pre-Renaissance-conservatism Romney, but can you really get the stink of a dead-person baptism off you?
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! :)
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’.
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.
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.
Paul Ryan is the man for the job. He’ll smoke Biden in the debates. I would pay to see that.
A conservative could definitely win Wisconsin but since it is liberal vs. liberal it could go Democratic. What a shame.
1. This is the only reason that matters. School will be in session and each student will cast multiple votes for their Zhero.
Reason #6.) Massive voter fraud
I would have liked a Christian over a Mormon, But I will take a Mormon over the Muslim, or a Mason any day.
There are states Romney can lose where the Mittbots imagine he'll have an easy time.
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.
This is not Your Daddy’s Republicans Party anymore in Wisconsin.
No kidding...You guys are big time liberals.
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.
Five? I can only think of one: Election Fraud
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.
This is not Your Daddys Republicans Party anymore in Wisconsin.
No kidding...You guys are big time liberals.
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.
I can tell you one reason and one reason only why He will Lose, He is a Freakin Wimp
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.
After the Scott Walker recall blew up in the Democrats’ faces?
Sorry, Tom, I don’t think so....
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