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Dumb Questions

As we all watch Chris “capper” Liebenthal slow decent into madness and obsession continue – prodded by whoever at WisOpinion thinks his daily diatribes are worth promoting – we witness these really stupid questions asked by an otherwise relatively smart man.

Chris, Ahab by now would have called you ‘@#&%$* up.’

If Walker gets his way, and there is a furlough, and then there is a surplus at the end of the year, do the workers get a refund of their lost wages which were wrongfully taken? Or does Walker get to keep the money and claim it as an in-kind contribution on his campaign financial statement?

Chris, why the long face for your potential furlough?  I mean, Doyle’s about to sign a budget which puts entire state employees on a furlough.  Where’s the criticism of that?

Oh that’s right, been in a picture with “Big Jim,” wouldn’t be cool to speak ill of “Wisconsin’s Greatest Momma’s Boy” after that huh?

My finally point on the first ‘question;’ who the hell are you kidding?  It’s nearly July, it would take an act of God to turn this economy around to even get a surplus at any level of government.

Secondly, you know your proposed option in question two is like a federal felony right?  The type of legal maelstrom that would drop down on anyone who does what you even suggest is going to be nasty.

Dude, thought we all knew lawyers on each side of the respective Cheddarsphere.

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Ah Yes, the “5 Year-Olds” Defense

Reading the Doyle Protection Ward’s Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s reaction to the new PPP Poll made me think, “I’ve heard this excuse before.”

But state Democratic Party spokesman Alec Loftus called the methodology in the Public Policy poll “notoriously unreliable” because all a respondent had to do was push buttons on the telephone to participate.

That “essentially means that 5-year-olds could have voted” in the survey, Loftus said.

The Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll is much more reliable, Loftus said, because it was done with “legitimate methodology.”

Yeah, I know where I heard (and forgive me Mark) whining like this before…John Gard’s 2008 Congressional campaign in a poll from early October. (H/T Brew City Brawler)

Gard consultant Mark Graul took issue with the poll, arguing that SurveyUSA’s use of automated phone polling makes their surveys unreliable.

A 10-year-old could be answering the survey and no one would know,” Graul said in an e-mail, adding that the Gard campaign’s most recent poll shows Kagen leading by only one point.

So to paraphrase in the word’s of Milwaukee’s favorite anonymous blogging liberal misogynist…“Go ahead Mr. Loftus: Just admit Jim Doyle is going to lose and lose badly.”

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PPP: Polling Puts Doyle in Trouble

Much of the port-side of the Cheddarsphere was all atwitter over last week’s “DailyKos/Research 2000” poll.  In it, it showed Doyle – in fact every Democrat – beating all comers except Tommy Thompson.

That’s fine dandy, of course, even Jay Bullock said to take that will a grain of salt.  DKos/Research 2000 polls have a horrible track record and are known for over-sampling Democrats.

Today comes a PPP Poll, which appears to say the opposite.

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle is suffering from a poor approval rating and trails two possible 2010 opponents, the newest survey from Public Policy Polling finds.

60% of voters in the state say they disapprove of Doyle’s work in office, with just 34% approving. While Doyle continues to maintain a decent 61% approval from Democrats, just 6% of Republicans think he’s doing a good job. He also meets with disapproval from 69% of independent voters.

In possible 2010 contests, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker leads Doyle 48-40 and former Congressman Mark Neumann holds a 42-41 advantage. It’s safe to say the early lead for the Republicans has more to do with Doyle than it does with either of them
individually, as just 33% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Walker and 26% have one of Neumann.

Doyle’s unpopularity is pretty universal across the electorate, with every demographic group PPP tracks by ideology, gender, race, and age disapproving of his performance except for African Americans and liberals.

“If he had to stand before the voters today Jim Doyle would probably not get reelected,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Of course he doesn’t have to do so for another 17 months and has plenty of time to rehabilitate his image. Nevertheless, it looks like Republicans have a good opportunity here.”

PPP will release numbers looking at Russ Feingold tomorrow.

I’m going to take a guess here and say Russ Feingold is doing just fine.  Really, he is.  I’m not being sarcastic or anything.

PPP is a Democratic Polling firm based out of North Carolina.  They traditionally do their polls via touch-tone phone.

A further look at the internals highlight the partisan breakdown of the sample was Dem – 42%, GOP – 32%, and Ind – 26%

You can read the poll from PPP’s blog here.

Doyle’s suffering from what is being seen nationally; Governors of every political stripe are taking the brunt of the political outrage over the economy.  Because of that, many are seeing their approval numbers tank as a ‘get the bums out’ mentality is hitting the various governor’s races.  Doyle is no different against that trend.

Interesting thing about the cross-tabs on Doyle’s unpopularity, he’s got over 50% unapproval rating (sometimes over 60%) in every age group polled.  The 18-29 year old are his best group (54%), conversely, they’re also his best group for re-election (ironically 54%).

I have a hard time believing at this stage of the game, the Walker and Neumann favorability numbers aren’t based on anything more than simply a lot of Wisconsinites not knowing them.

But I do agree with one thing, Doyle’s best assest at this stage is Time.  He’s got 16 months to turn things, he’s got a machine which could slime an Eagle Scout (ironically Walker is one), and who knows, the economy might actually improve.

[I’m not so sure about the last one right now.]

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