All You Need to Know: Obama Enters Wisconsin Recall Election Via Tweet

As Instapundit, Mickey Kaus, and others have noted, President Barack Obama is leading from behind on today's recall election in Wisconsin. To hear Democrats and progressives tell it, the recall contest between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) is nothing less than the battle of Stanlingrad when it comes to fairness, collective bargaining, and the basic human dignity that Dems revere and Republicans and other "goggle-eyed homunculuses" (homunculi?) despise with every cell in their Ork-like non-souls. That is, it's the last stand for all that is good and decent in this world of tears.

So here's the Dems' fearless leader, weighing in via Twitter:

It's Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I'm standing by Tom Barrett. He'd make an outstanding governor. -bo

What does it mean that Obama was willing to do more to help Chicago win the Olympic Games than he is to lend a hand in the hotly contested Badger State?

One of two things, both bad for the Dem side of the equation. Either Obama figures this cake is baked and there's no way Walker is going to lose or Obama figures any sort of higher-profile intervention will hurt Barrett's chances. This, in a state where polls consistently showing Obama whomping presidential challenger Mitt Romney. (The recent Reason-Rupe Poll of Wisconsin voters, for instance, had Walker leading Barrett 50 percent to 42 percent and Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 46 percent to 36 percent.) Over at the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog, Nate Silver is saying that Walker is likely to win despite some apparent tightening of the polls.

Why is that? Given that Wisconsin voters prefer Obama, you can't write off the result simply as the result of devious "outside money" flipping the smart, otherwise progressive-leaning voters of America's Dairyland. Indeed, as Reason-Rupe results show, residents have generally favorable views of public-employee workers and their unions. They just think that those people should pay more for their health and retirement benefits - around 70 percent of respondents wanted teachers and other public employees to pay more in fact. And 57 percent thought cops and firefighters (who were exempted by Walker's collective barganing bill) should pay more to (only 38 percent supported the exemption).

So for all the ukelele-based folk songs blasting Scott Walker, most Wisconsin people understand that you can't keep maintaining high levels of benefits that are paid for by taxpayers despite larger economic and demographic trends. It's shaping up that, whatever else you can say, that a vote to keep Scott Walker as governor is a vote for some semblance of long-delayed and much-needed fiscal sanity. And given that virtually every state is bleeding red ink and propping up a public-sector in which employees get total compensation that is far higher than similar private-sector workers, you can expect that same sort of benefit cuts to be coming to a state near you.

None of that necessarily implies much about November's presidential election either. It seems likely that Wisconsin folks will keep Scott Walker and vote again for Barack Obama. But you gotta wonder what the president's follow-up Tweet is going to look like.

Reason Polling Director discussed the results of our recent survey in a video released last week. Watch it now:

 

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  • James Ard||

    Oh what a glorious day this is going to be.

  • Mike M.||

    Did Obama recently decide to cede the presidency to Bill Clinton and not tell anyone about it? Because lately it's becoming kind of hard to tell which one of them is in charge.

  • James Ard||

    I've never had any doubt which cog in the Chicago Machine is pulling the strings.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    What does it mean that Obama was willing to do more to help Chicago win the Olympic Games than he is to lend a hand in the hotly contested Badger State?

    That Valerie Jarrett doesn't own any property in Wisconsin?

  • Hell's Librarian||

    is nothing less than the battle of Stanlingrad when it comes to fairness, collective bargaining, and the basic human dignity that Dems revere and Republicans and other "goggle-eyed homunculuses" (homunculi?) despise with every cell in their Ork-like non-souls. That is, it's the last stand for all that is good and decent in this world of tears.

    I think I have fallen madly in love with that first paragraph.

  • PapayaSF||

    Except for the "Stanlingrad" typo.

  • ||

    Yeah, my day of facebook boycotting is starting early, since even the Canadians I know seem to think this is the most important election in the history of the world. It's not that I wouldn't enjoy the tears and moans when Walker wins, but there are only so many blame-the-Kochtopus posts I can handle, and I'm pretty sure that's going to be the chosen storyline.

  • NotSure||

    I think this is seen by some as the most important elections in world is the simple fact that breaking the power of the unions will not lead to the collapse of the economy and end human rights as they predict, the economy will more than likely get better in fact.The last thing these people want is for this inconvient truth to become noticable by the rest.

  • Lord Humungus||

    If I was a Democrat pol, I would be lovin' the president for his strong solidarity and support foe me. ha.

  • Jerry on the road||

    Politics as usual, Barrett is going to fail, and Obama doesn't want to attach himself too much to that failure.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    It's "Orc," not "Ork." Unless you're Robin Williams.

    You need to hand in your nerd badge.

  • LTC John||

    Mork, not Mordor?

  • Mo' $parky||

    Or, unless you play Warhammer 40k.

  • ||

    Shadowrun was the first thing that came to my mind.

  • ||

    The Jacket forgot to put Emilys name over the vid. How dare he!

  • The Unknown Pundit||

    I always get a chuckle when I think about how tiny Metropolis, IL has tried use the Superman character to boost tourism to the Ohio River town. They've been billing the town as the "Home of Superman" since sometime in the 1970's, IIRC. Everyone laughed at the notion then and are still laughing now.

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