Sunday, June 03, 2012

Wisconsin Momentum: A Picture Is Worth...

...a thousand liberal tears.  Or a thousand accusations of racism.

Here's Bill Clinton rallying the troops (no pun intended) on behalf of  Democrat Tom Barrett.  Hmmm...seems like 'ol Bill has lost some of his mojo among the rank & file, as a mere 400 show up to hear him speak.

And here's a Tea Party rally yesterday to support Scott Walker.  This gathering starred Congressman Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.  Well known, but hardly carry the heft of the presidency. Yet...note the crowd stretches almost to the horizon.  Police estimated approximately 4,000 attendees:

Yup, that's about ten times the amount of people the world's most popular Democratic ex-president was capable of attracting.  Ouch.

But still, the media loves Bill Clinton, and for sure even his lackluster appearnce would have had a positive effect on the base of the Wisconsin liberal establishment, no?

Not if you believe the InTrade markets. Via Ann Althouse:

Scott Walker spikes to 97% the day after Bill Clinton campaigns against him.

Yeah, "ouch", indeed.

And while the media - which originally billed the recall of Scott Walker as the beginning of a Democratic comeback - tells us now there are no national implications to a Walker victory on Tuesday, it seems as if the events of the Dairy State are seeping into the public consciousness and factoring into their judgments of both presidential candidates:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that 52% say it’s more accurate to describe the putative Republican nominee’s views as mainstream, while 30% regard them as extreme. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.

 When it comes to the president's political views, 45% of voters say they're in the mainstream, but an identical 45% say it's more accurate to describe them as extreme.

Tuesday will be a turning point, all right.  It will be like that moment in a football game when one team has fallen irrevocably behind, yet must play out the string, still pretending there is a road to victory, despite the fact that their fate is already spelled out on the scoreboard for all to see....


Ian Desre said...

Both parties of this rally are pretty much considered big shots with their spectacular influence among the common folk. There are also issues among these events that should be looked into such as racism most especially. I'm glad that people can band together for a good cause every now and then.

nooneofanyimport said...

LOL I love drinking liberal tears for breakfast.

Good post. Wasn't it funny, too: after Walker schooled Barret, the news coverage was all like "Walker survived."