Amid concerns by some that the winner may have problems with a fractured base, the candidates have made an effort to attack Mr. Walker more than one another in the final days before the primary.
“People have been really trying to make sure we keep it clean and positive so that no matter who emerges there are no hard feelings, there are no burnt emotions,” said Phillip Walzak, a spokesman for Mr. Barrett’s campaign.
Then who’s concerned here? I mean, if “some” are concerned, and if we are “amid” those concerns, it might be nice to at least know who is so terribly troubled by the natural political process of choosing a candidate.
(How else were they supposed to do this, btw? Put a bunch of names in a hat and let David Brooks set the hat on fire?)
I mean, if you have five voters who all say, “You know, I’m worried about unity following the primaries,” okay, but what you have here is a campaign spokesman who thinks everybody is going to be just fine because they’ve been working really hard. That’s the opposite of what your lead-in graf is asserting.
Many Democrats in Wisconsin expect the anti-Walker effort to quickly close ranks around its nominee as soon as votes are tallied on Tuesday night. But recent polls and fund-raising totals also suggest that the party has little room for distractions in its quest to unseat the well-financed governor.
Well, if the Democrats do close ranks quickly, then there will be no distractions, so what is the problem here again?
Look, it’s not that I don’t believe this whole thing has been difficult, but as usual our crack national political reporters are on the case of vicarious trolling and making not-quite-predictions, muttering darkly about “distractions” and “concerns” that they then don’t specify or attribute. The story’s like please-don’t-piss-anybody-off bingo, noting potential pitfalls and then discounting them in the next graf:
Since the start of 2011, Mr. Walker has raised more than $25 million. Campaign finance reports released by candidates last week showed that Mr. Walker raised more than $13 million over the past three months alone, dwarfing Mr. Barrett’s $831,000 and Ms. Falk’s $977,000.
That advantage, however, was less apparent in a poll conducted last month by Marquette University Law School that showed Mr. Walker and Mr. Barrett essentially tied in a general election matchup. Mr. Walker led Ms. Falk 49 percent to 43 percent among likely voters, a six-point advantage that is within the poll’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points on each candidate.
So the governor’s well-financed campaign is dangerous to the Dems, except that a major poll says it’s not. There are about a million ways to cover the primary today (as is evidenced, I intend to mostly retweet smarter people than me and poke at the stupid coverage) so why choose the least effective one?
For decent coverage from the locals check outDane 101’s results reporting tonight from 8-10 p.m.