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People Must Be Paying Attention: Walker Down In The Polls

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on August 28, 2010

The latest Rasmussen polling numbers came out Friday and to put it mildly, it’s not good news for Scott Walker.

The polls show, as Cindy Kilkenny gleefully points out, that for the first time in the race, Mark Neumann is leading Scott Walker. And the polling was done on August 24, the day before Neumann stole Walker’s bag lunch and ate it during the debate.

But Team Neumann and Ms. Kilkenny shouldn’t be blowing up their victory balloons quite yet.

Rasmussen is a rather questionable source of polling numbers. Furthermore, Neumann’s lead is only one percent, which is basically a statistical tie. Although I will give credit to the fact that Neumann’s momentum is on an upward swing, while Walker’s is falling like a piece of a county building.

Also, Tom Barrett is making an impressive push as well. He was down by a helluva lot more, but now is within three or four points of each of the Republicans. If one calculates in the Rasmussen Factor, it actually would put Barrett above each of the Republicans by a couple, three points.

In fact, Barrett is coming on so strongly, that Wisconsin has gone from “Leaning Republican” to “Toss Up.”

It’s not surprising that Walker’s numbers are dropping. Just look at some of Walker’s “highlights” from the past year or so:

  • His backed up toilets at the courthouse makes the national scene,
  • Parts of County buildings are falling down, including O’Donnell Park where a woman was maimed and a teenage boy was killed,
  • Total disarray at the county run mental health complex, including the sexual assault of scores of patients, and the poor way he responded to it,
  • A budget meltdown,
  • The open mocking of his incredulous campaign promises,
  • Campaign staff making racially charged tweets,
  • The questions around his campaign bike ride,
  • County staff doing campaign work,
  • Questions about his academic career, and
  • The loss of jobs due to cuts in the transit system.

And that is just to name a few off the top of my head.

After these numbers, I would not be surprised if Scott Walker is curled up in a fetal position under his desk, hyperventilating into one of his brown paper bags.

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