Unbelievable: Russ Feingold now trails Republican challenger … by double digits

I’m not going to lie to you: This poll is so insanely sweet, I actually considered posting the Humpbot video here.

But no, no Humpy. He must rest and save his strength. For there shall be much humping in November.

Ron Johnson (R) 52 (43)
Sen. Russ Feingold (D) 41 (45)

An enormous enthusiasm gap, coupled with a Republican nominee fresh from a decisive primary win and unsullied by the primary process, has catapulted Republican nominee Ron Johnson to a double-digit advantage over incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold, according to PPP’s poll of the state on behalf of Daily Kos.

In November of 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama swept through the Midwest, winning many states (including Wisconsin) by double digits. Today, the President’s numbers are nearly reversed in the Badger State: whereas Obama carried the state 56-42 in 2008, his job approval now is 41%, with 54% expressing disapproval. This is a tendency that has been mimicked throughout the Midwest, and may well explain why this region seems to be the one vexing Democrats the most this cycle.

That’s among likely voters, too; when Rasmussen polled the same group a few days ago, Johnson led by only seven. According to PPP, if Democratic turnout looked to be as strong as it was in 2008, the race would be within a point. As it is, Russ Feingold — Russ Feingold — might be so ruined at this point that we’ll take the Senate no matter what happens in Delaware. I don’t even know how to process polls like this — or this — intellectually anymore. Ohio is basically gone for the Dems, and now Wisconsin is sinking beneath the waves. Will there be any midwestern liberals still standing on November 3?

After teasing you with the prospect of a Humpbot cameo, I feel like I owe you something special as a morale booster. Here you go. You’re welcome.