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March 30, 2016


Peter G

I get counter-intuitive as an occasionally productive strategy. I just can't figure out why Trump would go after Walker for not raising taxes to close the state deficit and fund things like education. Is he trying to win the Democratic primary too? Or just throw the Wisconsin primary in a take-this-cup-away-from-me play? Is he trying to help Clinton by stealing some of Bernie's populist thunder? WTF?

The Dark Ave

Walker is pretty much toast in WI now. Coming out against him or using him as a proxy target seems to be the direction of the primary there, according to this report:

"Walker’s approval rating stands at about 40 percent with 55 percent of Wisconsin residents disapproving his job performance, according to the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll.

"I think that candidates are just hoping that if people think of their opponent as someone who is closely affiliated with a governor who is pretty unpopular right now, that people will check the other box when they go to the polls," she said.

Walker’s shadow has certainly been looming in three of the more high-profile races in the April 5 election: the state Supreme Court, Milwaukee mayor, and perhaps most notably, the election for the governor’s former job.

In the race for Milwaukee County Executive, a third-party group circulated a mailer supporting Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson by suggesting incumbent Chris Abele is, as Spicuzza put it, "kind of a Gov. Walker in sheep's clothing."

Meanwhile, Abele sent out flyers stating that Larson has sided with Walker on bills that have benefitted Wall Street."

Peter G

I get that Walker's approval rating are below fifty percent but at forty percent they must still be relatively high with Republicans. Wisconsin is very bi-polar. And Trump is running in the Republican primary. The only rationale that I can put together is that Wisconsin is an open primary and that Trump recognizes his essential unpopularity with Republicans and maybe hopes to steal some white working class votes from Bernie. That strikes me as a very long shot.


In early 1988, I started my professional career as an independent business owner. Looking for any advice, I read “The Art of the Deal” and as it happened, Mr. Trump landed in our hamlet for a book signing. I didn’t much care about the signature but I had 10 seconds to ask a single question of a successful business man: if you could give one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would it be? He replied “always plan for worst case scenarios”. So what happens if Hillary were to slip on a banana peel?

Peter G

Before or after the convention? The scenarios are different.


Most likely Trump read on the web the majority in the state don't like Walker and the reasons why, then crafted his message. You might want to ask yourself why Sanders is a malignant spirit of populism that haunts every political event.

The Dark Ave

You might want to ask yourself why Walker is being invoked against a Democrat by a Republican office seeker, or look at the recent unemployment stats for the Badger State. I think there's also Bradley effect going on here, Republicans will say they still approve of Walker despite his shenanigans
while in office. That it will hold true st the ballot box is another matter altogether.


I'd be interested in your take on both.

Tom Benjamin

I think we have to come up with an example of a banana peel.

I think it is interesting that we ask the question. I have not heard it ever asked of a presumptive nominee before. I suppose a black swan event could come along and change everything, but I do not think it is any likelier in 2016 than in any previous race.

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