WaPo: White House writes off Wisconsin as lost

posted at 9:15 am on October 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post says that the White House has a message for Wisconsin Democrats: You’re on your own.  In a report on the desperate triage taking place inside the Oval Office, presidential advisers are attempting to find places where Barack Obama can’t hurt Democrats and where candidates have a reasonable chance for success.  That means Russ Feingold and Wisconsin have seen their last of Obama in the midterm cycle:

For months, Obama’s advisers had sorted through his political travel schedule during the Monday meetings, downstairs near the White House mess. Top advisers swapped ideas from their areas of expertise.

More recently, the group – which includes strategist David Plouffe, pollster Joel Benenson, senior adviser David Axelrod, scheduler Alyssa Mastromonaco, communications director Dan Pfeiffer, political director Patrick Gaspard and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina – has homed in on individual candidate performances, participants said. The potential strength of each state’s political networks also was taken into account.

In some cases, the White House had Benenson conduct his own polling to test the president’s message and approval in specific environments, including in Florida, Colorado and Pennsylvania. More often, they looked to internal polling by the campaigns and by the Democratic committees,. From there, they would figure out how to match the public mood with the financial ability of the campaigns to foot the expense of bringing in the president.

Heading into the final stretch, the White House was mindful that in earlier off-year campaigns in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia, Obama had been unable to turn Democrats’ fortunes with last-minute visits. So it made little sense to book him for lost causes. Instead, they hoped to guarantee victories or tip the scales in close calls.

Wisconsin, for instance, could have been an easy stop, given that it is so close to Chicago. But it was quickly eliminated after the Senate seat began to slip from Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold‘s grasp, even after a presidential visit to Madison, Wis., last month. Republican Ron Johnson now appears to have a solid lead.

That may not be a surprise for those of us who have watched the polling in Wisconsin — Feingold hasn’t been above 46% all year — but the White House acknowledgment of Feingold’s upcoming failure will almost certainly take Wisconsin Democrats by surprise.  Obama toured Wisconsin at the end of September on behalf of Feingold, who had been rumored to be avoiding being seen with Obama and showed up at the rally to explicitly link himself to the President.  To no one’s surprise, that did nothing to increase support for Feingold or the Democrats in general in Wisconsin.

The Post article paints a remarkable picture of a collapsing universe for Obama in the final days of the midterms.  Not only did Obama and his team have to worry about damaging Democrats in states like Kentucky and West Virginia, they also had to protect themselves from the kind of damage sustained by Obama after supporting surprise losers like Martha Coakley and Jon Corzine in the final hours of their campaigns.  In the end, Obama will only visit Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Bridgeport (Connecticut), safely blue harbors in a red storm rising.

The choice of Bridgeport seems particularly odd.  Dick Blumenthal has opened up a sizable lead in most polls in the Senate race, but apparently the White House isn’t convinced.  They’re also worried, despite their publicly-expressed optimism about Democratic efforts to hold onto the House, about losing the Senate:

The most curious stop is Connecticut, where Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic Senate candidate, appears to have a comfortable lead over Republican Linda McMahon. Rep. Jim Himes, a freshman Democrat who represents Bridgeport, also seems to be in decent shape.

But White House officials, stung by Republican Scott Brown’s surprising Senate victory in a special election in Massachusetts in January, do not want to see the year end in a similar manner in another traditionally Democratic New England state.

Even though the seat appears to be in hand, White House officials consider holding onto Connecticut critical to maintaining Senate control.

If they’re still worried about Linda McMahon and Senate control, one can only imagine how they see the House races turning.


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Who imagined just a few months ago that Russ Feingold would be considered a lost cause by Democrats?

amerpundit on October 29, 2010 at 9:17 AM

HuffPo has a piece that the Democrat candidate for Senate in Ohio has turned his campaign funds over to the general Democrat fund, or whatever. Headline there is that he’s “given up”.

Marcus on October 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Triage?

Democrats are going to need four tourniquets.

Bleed the donkey white.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Er, he’s also coming to Charlottesville, VA today in support of VA 5th District Dem Tom Perriello. Not sure why, because I’m pretty sure he’s got a negative job approval rating in the district, but he is supposed to hold some rally this evening.

changer1701 on October 29, 2010 at 9:22 AM

If all of the president’s policies are working and well received by most Americans, why are his staff in a tizzy trying to figure out where they aren’t in order to develop his travel schedule?

Why, it’s as if Obama is lyin to us or sumpin.

fogw on October 29, 2010 at 9:23 AM

presidential advisers are attempting to find places where Barack Obama can’t hurt Democrats and where candidates have a reasonable chance for success.

Cuba?

LastRick on October 29, 2010 at 9:23 AM

It is less like triage and more like shooting their own wounded.

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Heh

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM

This is the headline I’m waiting for…..

……TEANAMI!!

PappyD61 on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

So I guess a trip to Florida to prop up Meeks is off the schedule.

dirtseller on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

could wisconsinites really be sobering up? that is something given that every town in wisconsin has at least 2 taverns…burp.

jbh45 on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Real Clear Politics has CT4 as a “tossup” and Himes up by only 2 points

Capitalist Infidel on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The Post article paints a remarkable picture of a collapsing universe for Obama in the final days of the midterms

so much for that Big Bang Theory, eh?

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I wouldn’t doubt if Feingold approval jumped a couple of points now that the dems have cut him loose.
He probably should have done that months ago…

right2bright on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

“It’s just a flesh wound…”

hoosiermama on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

TEA minus 4 and counting….

tic toc.

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Wisconsin may be going red, but I still advocate walling-off the entire state and using it as a giant prison, or waste dump, or biological weapons testing ground.

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Joe Scarborough kept saying, “Gee, I don’t understand how Russ is behind. You’d think……”

He so doesn’t get what’s going on.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM

On Wednesday I’m gonna say…

Damn it feels good to be in Mad’sun.

*cue music*

MadisonConservative on October 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM

It looks like CT citizens want to vote for a guy to represent them who lies to their faces and wants to raise their taxes. I don’t mind except he’ll be involved in raising mine too. Mrs. McMahon is a straight forward smart business woman who really can help CT and the country get jobs back and the economy going again. We need all the help we can get.

Kissmygrits on October 29, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Er, he’s also coming to Charlottesville, VA today in support of VA 5th District Dem Tom Perriello. Not sure why, because I’m pretty sure he’s got a negative job approval rating in the district, but he is supposed to hold some rally this evening.

changer1701 on October 29, 2010 at 9:22 AM

There’s a “welcome” planned for him there that will be… less than adoring, let’s say.

Bat Chain Puller on October 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM

I have close relatives in and around Madison who are past Green Party and Democrat Party voters. Their tone has changed 180° since 2008. This summer, there was even an Ayn Rand/Objectivism booth on the Capital square.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Fallon on October 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM

changer1701 on October 29, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I saw somewhere that the Charlottesville stop is an attempt to drum up the UVA student vote. But here’s the thing: to the extent that college kids vote and vote in mid-terms, how many of those UVA students are registered in that district? UVA isn’t exactly a commuter college. When I was in school, I voted absentee in my home district. Maybe only a handful of votes makes the difference in this particular race. Maybe more than anything else, it may be a symbolic gesture for Obama.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 9:32 AM

We’ll call it a draw then.” This is a must-post for Wednesday (appendages crossed).

hoosiermama on October 29, 2010 at 9:32 AM

They will need a fifth tourniquet for the head wound!

grapeknutz on October 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM

But it was quickly eliminated after the Senate seat began to slip from Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold‘s grasp,. even after Because of a presidential visit to Madison, Wis., last month. Republican Ron Johnson now appears to have a solid lead.

FIFY

tims472 on October 29, 2010 at 9:35 AM

…has homed in on individual candidate performances, participants said.

Totally O/T and nitpicky, but I am really irritated when people use the term “hone in” instead of “home in” as the writer properly does above. To hone is to sharpen. How do you “sharpen in” on something? I guess you can hone your homing-in skills or even hone your honing skills, but you can’t “hone in”. We now return you to less picayune rants.

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

If we walled off Wisconsin, Bishop, where would the Packers go? Ironwood? Menominee? Also, I’d much rather buy Wisconsin cheese than Vermont cheese — too many out-and-out pseudo-socialists there.

either orr on October 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Feingold, Russell
498-75-2414
UNIT: 1st Obamacare Martyr’s Brigade
STATUS: Expectant

SGT Feingold fell upon the field of political battle and was left for dead by his unit members after fighting valiantly in the initially successful Obamacare Campaign. As allied forces swept through Wisconsin, Feingold fell mortally wounded and was left dying when he was stumbled upon by BG Sarah Palin’s 1st Alaskan Armored Cavalry Regiment. BG Palin had mercy upon Feingold and gave him water, medical care in exchange for invaluable enemy information. Feingold died of wounds on 3NOV2010 of massive political hemorrhage, a broken heart, and a crushed spirit brought about by the abandonment of the Democratic Regime. He will be interred in central Wisconsin at the site of the Democratic Regime’s cowardly retreat as a testament to all who shall trod here in the future, that the forces of freedom will beat back the forces of tyranny, no matter where they stand (but it is preferable if they have great cheese and beer, y’know).

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Wait! Does this mean that Obama is not going to campaign for Feingold? Crap! That may increase his chances of winning.

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Seems odd that Obama would go to Virginia 5th district. Real Clear Politics has it as “lean Republican” and most polls has Hurt up by high single or even double digits

Capitalist Infidel on October 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM

There’s a “welcome” planned for him there that will be… less than adoring, let’s say.

Bat Chain Puller on October 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM

dude–tell me, what? the JATP event? the office bldg event? what do you mean

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Sorry, Russ, but you’re wounded too badly to go on. We’ll leave you with one bullet –– you know what to do.

cartooner on October 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Wisconsin is big enough to handle all three.

Besides the wall, who will be able to tell the difference?

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Holy crap! They’re pushing that car from both ends now.

Gimme another Slurpee!

TugboatPhil on October 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Obama Halloween pumpkin reaction.

Mervis Winter on October 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Well whatever floats yer boat.

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Russ Feingold, behold the dark emptiness that is the undercarriage of the Obama bus……….namely the one that you were just thrown under!

pilamaye on October 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Perriello, Thomas
243-98-2412
UNIT: House Obamacare Martyr’s Brigade
STATUS: Expectant

PFC Perriello lies behind enemy lines in deeply red central Virginia. The vertically challenged and chronically dishonest ivy-leaguer washed ashore with other refuse a short 2 years ago and has served as an ammo carrier and soldier in FM Pelosi’s Dishonesty Battalion. Perriello is not expected to make it back to friendly lines in Washington, DC and will be paid a mercy visit by his commander this evening in the crumbling socialist stronghold of Charlottesville. PFC Perriello will be given some wound salve, an encouraging word, a few SEIU soldiers and then be left for politically dead on the central Virginia battlefield east of the Blue Ridge. His political demise will occur at the hands of the Patriotic Resistance in full view of Thomas Jefferson’s grave upon Monticello. No memorial will be erected to Mr. Perriello’s time in Congress, however, all air conditioning units will be turned off for a period of 3 seconds in honor of his vote for cap and trade.

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

True enough.

I was going to add “Repository for the insane” but that’s pretty much what the place is now, minus the padded rooms.

I suppose we could pad the wall we build.

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

White House mess

Childish, I know, but I couldn’t help thinking that these three little words, in a different context, pretty much say it all.

CantCureStupid on October 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Off topic:

Gateway pundit is reporting that a knife was pulled on Republican Candidate Dr. Jill Rowland, last night in a hotel lobby and an arrest was made.

Anyone know any more about the story – such as who the perp was and his motive?

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/10/man-wielding-knife-accosts-republican-candidate-in-hotel-lobby/

Virginia Shanahan on October 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Quick, send Obama into Massachusetts to hold up Barney Franks sagging fortunes.

Skandia Recluse on October 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The Word Detective you linked to appears to say that, over time, people dumb-down the language and phrases become acceptable that originally made no sense. OK, does that make it right? It’s a trend, like liberalism, that I don’t like and won’t succumb to no matter how many around me do.

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Time to bring it home.

WisCon on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM

dude–tell me, what? the JATP event? the office bldg event? what do you mean

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Yeah, I meant the JATP event. Wish I could be there.

Bat Chain Puller on October 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Quick, send Obama into Massachusetts to hold up Barney Franks sagging fortunes.

Skandia Recluse on October 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

i will leave that one alone./

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

WaPo: White House writes off Wisconsin as lost

Wohoo! Good riddance!

(Sorry, did that sound too harsh?)

presidential advisers are attempting to find places where Barack Obama can’t hurt Democrats and where candidates have a reasonable chance for success.

May I suggest Europe?

Chip on October 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Anyone know any more about the story – such as who the perp was and his motive?
Virginia Shanahan on October 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Tea Partier, Christian, Conservative, or all of the above, take your pick.

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:52 AM

presidential advisers are attempting to find places where Barack Obama can’t hurt Democrats and where candidates have a reasonable chance for success

try the gates of hell
/behar

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I hope somewhere someone is keeping track of Obums campaign efforts and how many politicians lost elections that he campaigned for as opposed to those who won where he didn’t appear.

Herb on October 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM

This is the headline I’m waiting for…..

……TEANAMI!!

PappyD61 on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

That one’s good. Here’s another:

DEMAGEDDON!!!

powerpro on October 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Himes is in decent shape alright, for a piece of toast.
Obama is coming to Bridgeport because it’s the largest city and they need it to turnout badly. The local elections last year were a mess with Workers Family Party and Dems at each other’s throats, running their own candidates and suing.
Bloomers looks great in the polls but he’s the only one looking great for Fairfield County. The House and State races are all close so why does Bloomers have such a big lead? Maybe it’s a mirage and that’s why Obama is coming.

Rocks on October 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Anyone know any more about the story – such as who the perp was and his motive?

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/10/man-wielding-knife-accosts-republican-candidate-in-hotel-lobby/

Virginia Shanahan on October 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

At around 10 PM, a man clad in sunglasses and of questionable attire entered the hotel lobby and headed directly toward the sizeable group.

“questionable attire” means what…Muslim garb, poorly dressed, Batman outfit…what? Political correctness or lack of information?

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

In the end, Obama will only visit Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Bridgeport (Connecticut), safely blue harbors in a red storm rising.

Heh, that itinerary looks remarkably like Perky Katie’s tour of the “great unwashed.”

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

You know, they make hygiene products for that. You may want to consider one.

Virginia Shanahan on October 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

So, the super-smart Obama and his buffoons are ONLY THINKING OF “CHANCES OF SUCCESS”?

EUROPE. I heard, Euro-socialists are crying for Obama.

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

“Don’t make me look bad . . . .”

Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

AZCoyote on October 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

The ultimate batch of “Downfall” parody videos is about to be unleashed.

dont taze me bro on October 29, 2010 at 10:13 AM

The ultimate batch of “Downfall” parody videos is about to be unleashed.

dont taze me bro on October 29, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Oh yes! Pleez! Pleez!

Bruno Strozek on October 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I saw somewhere that the Charlottesville stop is an attempt to drum up the UVA student vote. But here’s the thing: to the extent that college kids vote and vote in mid-terms, how many of those UVA students are registered in that district? UVA isn’t exactly a commuter college. When I was in school, I voted absentee in my home district. Maybe only a handful of votes makes the difference in this particular race. Maybe more than anything else, it may be a symbolic gesture for Obama.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Yeah, I think that’s what they’re trying to do. But, in VA students CAN vote in the district where they’re attending school…it doesn’t have to be where their permanent residence is. So, some lib joker from NJ who is only here to go to college can help determine who MY, a permanent and lifelong resident of the state, reps are. There was a big thing about it locally during the ’08 campaign.

changer1701 on October 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Extrafishy, while we are at it, let’s take on “farther” and “further.” Discuss amongst yourselves.

mwdiver on October 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM

The reason that Bambi is going to Bridgeport is to get the black vote out to save Jim Himes in CT4 — Debicella looks like he might beat Himes for the seat Chris Shays held for so long. Realclearpolitics rates the CT4 race as a toss-up.

Himes recently admitted the ‘pubbies will take the House, eliminating the only conceivable reason to support him! Some polling shows Debicella ahead, though (of course) Himes has the endorsement of the liberal area papers.

CatoRenasci on October 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Don’t confuse the balance of Wisconsin with the Madison/Milwaukee Axis of Stupid, Bishop.

We in the more northerly and rural areas are still a bunch of bitter clingers.

VelvetElvis on October 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM
Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM

FWIW: in its Language-Change Index, Garner’s Modern American Usage (2009), as good of an arbiter as any, classifies hone in for home in as Stage 3: widespread but…that is, “[t]he form becomes commonplace even among many well-educated people but is still avoided in careful usage.”

Extrafishy, I was pleasantly surprised to see WaPo use it correctly. My memory device is to recall that homing in on is what homing pigeons do.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Russ like to pride himself on his mavericky-maverick image. “Russ is a loner”, is what he is ALWAYS telling us (ad nauseum). Well now, Russell has got his wish and I don’t think he’s feeling too happy ’bout it.

PackerBronco on October 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

changer1701 on October 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

WTF? I could see that for a student trying to get in-state tuition and goes to great lengths to establish residency. I think that VA rule for voting is bullshite.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

It looks like CT citizens want to vote for a guy to represent them who lies to their faces and wants to raise their taxes. I don’t mind except he’ll be involved in raising mine too. Mrs. McMahon is a straight forward smart business woman who really can help CT and the country get jobs back and the economy going again. We need all the help we can get.

Kissmygrits on October 29, 2010 at 9:29 AM

You can’t fix Stupid. However, if you figure out a way, let us in California know. We’ll do the same.

PrettyD_Vicious on October 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Obama on Feingold: This cheesehead is lost

ya2daup on October 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM

To no one’s surprise, that did nothing to increase support for Feingold or the Democrats in general in Wisconsin.

Well maybe the dems should get super smart John Kerry on the trial….

……….the democrats strategy of painting the electorate as dumb,uninformed,and scared has worked so well for them in these mid-terms.

Kerry:

“It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” said a clearly exasperated Kerry. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”

…0f course just a few years ago “we” were in a period of fantastic “Hope and Change” and the electorate was praised for speaking truth to power.

Now that the “facts” and the “science” show the democrats as hustlers and failures…..everybody is stupid all of a sudden.

Baxter Greene on October 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Joe Scarborough kept saying, “Gee, I don’t understand how Russ is behind. You’d think……”

He so doesn’t get what’s going on.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Joe is pretty much Thomas Freidman without the mansion. Same epic lack of self-awareness and willingness to regurgitate whatever he heard from the last “smart” person who deigned to speak with him.

A Balrog of Morgoth on October 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Baxter Greene on October 29, 2010 at 10:28 A

M

trial
……trail

….well wait a second….they need to be on trial also….

Baxter Greene on October 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I don’t worry about CT going back to the God, and family values candidates – too many Obama supporting Cafeteria Catholics will vote the other way. Sad? No – Sick!

Blumanthal could be Toyphoid Mary and they’d vote for him -the new permanent and approved replacement for Chris Dodd.

Don L on October 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

WTF? I could see that for a student trying to get in-state tuition and goes to great lengths to establish residency. I think that VA rule for voting is bullshite.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Oh, it is BS. Here’s the relevant info from the VA state board of elections:

A prospective voter must be a resident of the precinct where he seeks to register. In order to establish “residency,” a prospective voter must have a physical location where they intend to stay for an unlimited time.

The applicant must determine and declare their residence and may change their intent at any time. To assist applicants in determining their legal residence, the State Board of Elections has developed a self-guided questionnaire. The questionnaire contains questions intended to assist applicants as they determine where their legal residence is. The questionnaire is not required in order to register to vote. The applicant may wish to retain a copy of the questionnaire for their files.

So, all a student has to do is declare their residency as C’ville, for example, and they can vote. Then, they can change it back. I don’t think college students have any business voting where they go to school if their permanent residence is elsewhere…somebody who is only a part-time resident shouldn’t be determining who represents the rest of us.

changer1701 on October 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say “Hone in on” but then I don’t pay that much attention. If I understand what a person is trying to say I’m satisfied. This is the section of that link that I’d hoped you’d be most interested in. Sort of sums it up for me.

Oh, correct, shmorrect. Whatever floats your boat, I say. It’s a lovely day and I have cats to herd. If you’re really worried about being “correct,” you can always pony up for my Post Facto Usage Insurance (PFUI). PFUI won’t stop you from making what others might consider grammar or usage “mistakes,” but for five bucks a month, I promise to track down anyone who criticizes how you use words and tie their shoelaces together. Wedgies are ten bucks extra.

Now to get back on topic and out of grammernaziland do you think Feingold’s chances are hurt or helped by being thrown under the bus by The Won?

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Awwww crap! My last post was for

Extrafishy

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM

could wisconsinites really be sobering up? that is something given that every town in wisconsin has at least 2 taverns…burp.

jbh45 on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

There are lots of people still supporting Feingold where I live. Diehard dem stronghold.

wi farmgirl on October 29, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Alaska is going to be one holy mess, it would seem. What a farce.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I wrote off WI as a loss years ago.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Welcome back chardonnay spam bot.

Inanemergencydial on October 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Wisconsin may be going red, but I still advocate walling-off the entire state and using it as a giant prison, or waste dump, or biological weapons testing ground.

At least we’re electing Republicans here. If you propose doing that, do it to Mexifornia, which will in all likelihood give Boxcar Barbara another 6-year term and put Gov. Moonbeam another go-around as governor. Once Congress and the White House are back in conservative hands, the feds can tell the nation’s Looney Bin to go pound salt when they come asking for a bailout.

pdigaudio on October 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Wisconsin may be going red, but I still advocate walling-off the entire state and using it as a giant prison, or waste dump, or biological weapons testing ground.

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Are you a ViQueen fan?

wi farmgirl on October 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM

On Wednesday I’m gonna say…

Damn it feels good to be in Mad’sun.

*cue music*

MadisonConservative on October 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Going to be lots of exploding heads all over town.

wi farmgirl on October 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Alaska is going to be one holy mess, it would seem. What a farce.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Yeah, do you think Feingold will win or lose in Alaska?

Oldnuke on October 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

MadisonConservative on October 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM

That’s some fine music, there, MadCon!

Damn it feels good to be in Mad’son
A real fiscal-con voter plays his cards right
A real fiscal-con voter never runs his f’n mouth
’cause real fiscal-con voters don’t start fights

massrighty on October 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Related – Public Policy Polling has Ron Johnson up 53%-44%.

They note that the “enthusiasm gap”, as measured by those admitting to voting for Obama versus those who actually did vote for him, is the largest in any state, with Obama holding a 3-point lead in the poll while he carried the state by 18.

That may be a result of their partisan split, which is 37% independent, 34% Republican and only 30% Democrat.

steveegg on October 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Skandia Recluse on October 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Use of the words Barney Frank and sagging
ought not be allowed.

massrighty on October 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Wisconsin may be going red, but I still advocate walling-off the entire state and using it as a giant prison, or waste dump, or biological weapons testing ground.

Bishop on October 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Don’t you dare venture north of the Waukegan toll booth. Besides, Michigan is a far better place to do that.

steveegg on October 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Russ like to pride himself on his mavericky-maverick image. “Russ is a loner”, is what he is ALWAYS telling us (ad nauseum). Well now, Russell has got his wish and I don’t think he’s feeling too happy ’bout it.

PackerBronco on October 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Yes, Mavericky Russ is more like Howard Dean in that new ad they have been playing, cracks me up everytime I see it. It’s the only one I don’t mute. That NYT’s piece of the “Statesman Russ” made me throw up in my mouth a little too.

wi farmgirl on October 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I hope somewhere someone is keeping track of Obums campaign efforts and how many politicians lost elections that he campaigned for as opposed to those who won where he didn’t appear.

Herb on October 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I am sure there are many just waiting to publish the details of this sad presidency.

wi farmgirl on October 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Er, that should be “…he carried the state by 14 points,” not 18 points. Where’s the comment editor when I really need it?

steveegg on October 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

We have us some Chris Cristie coming to Central Wi tomorrow in support of Walker.

wi farmgirl on October 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

presidential advisers are attempting to find places where Barack Obama can’t hurt Democrats

Early retirement for family reasons.

chemman on October 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Herb Kohl was in town (Marshfield)yesterday campaigning for Lassa and I chatted with him for just a minute and I got to tell you, he didn’t look very good health-wise. Doubt he’ll run for re-election in 2012.

lowandslow on October 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Herb Kohl was in town (Marshfield)yesterday campaigning for Lassa and I chatted with him for just a minute and I got to tell you, he didn’t look very good health-wise. Doubt he’ll run for re-election in 2012.

lowandslow on October 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Nobody’s Senator is really getting up there in years, and he’s barely above water in his job performance approval rating (41% approve/40% disapprove).

steveegg on October 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

“a collapsing universe for Obama”

How will this hurt Obama, though? He doesn’t care about elections–he cares about transforming American and, as he said to Jon Stewart, the structure is in place.

His party is collapsing, but not him. He will be World Celeb No. 1 after 2012. He will be more hated by Dems than Bush when this is over.

PattyJ on October 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

This is the headline I’m waiting for…..
……TEANAMI!!

PappyD61 on October 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Good Headline. I would like the term to be Black Swan.
A Black Swan is an outlier style event like the election in 1894 where the GOP captured 124 seats.

chemman on October 29, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Sorry Soupy, you go under the bus too. That bus is going to need tire chains soon.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Maybe Barry should tell all those Democratic incumbents one more time “Don’t worry, you have ME!”.

GarandFan on October 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Feingold: What’s that smell? Who cut the cheese?

Obama: Me!

PackerBronco on October 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

In other “ages” the President would be declared “toxic” for his negative effect on the election, but not so in the “Age of Obama”.

OxyCon on October 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

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