Could Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election actually help the Republican Party in November?That’s the logic of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, whose memo sent out Monday detailed why he thought a certain re-election of Walker would boost momentum and give the party a jolt heading into the general election in November.
Priebus thinks Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes are still “very much in play,” according to the memo, which is entitled “The Fight For Wisconsin.” He outlined the party’s outreach, saying volunteers have contacted more than a million voters in Walker’s support.
“By June, when Governor Walker is victorious again, we’ll have a confident and battle-tested ground organisation with four straight victories under our belts,” Priebus wrote. “That organisation will be ready to pounce on the president and other Democrats on the ballot with him in November. What will the Democrats have? They’ll have the remnants of a dispirited, losing 2010 operation — and special interests who poured tens of millions of dollars outside cash into the state with nothing to show for it.”
Here’s why that’s a tall task: Republicans haven’t taken a presidential election in Wisconsin since Reagan.
And it doesn’t look like Barack Obama has much to worry about this time around, either. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, he holds an 11-point lead over likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney in Wisconsin. In an NBC/Marist College poll, it’s a 17-point advantage.
Wisconsin’s Democratic Party, presumably, thinks this is ridiculous. It sent out its own “memo” in response, saying the GOP was having a “tea party fantasy.” Here’s Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response:
“The rest of the nation will soon learn what we’ve known in Wisconsin for a while — that embracing extremist policies that favour the super rich at the expense of the middle class aren’t just devastating to working families — but will lead to abrupt ends to the careers of Scott Walker and Mitt Romney.
“June 5th and November 6th will see different candidates in different elections going before different electorates — but the common thread will be the Republican overreach at the expense of the middle class and Wisconsin voters won’t fall for it.”
The Wisconsin recall election is beginning to gain national steam, as Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett entered the race officially last Friday. Democrats have four challengers to Walker.
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