Byron York explains why President Barack Obama is not campaigning on behalf of Tom Barrett, the Democrat running against Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s recall election on Tuesday:
The latest poll on the recall battle shows why Obama is staying away. It’s not just that he doesn’t want to appear with a loser. Perhaps just as importantly, there is no advantage for Obama to risk his own popularity by making a high-profile visit to oppose policies that are finding increasing favor with voters.
The new poll, from Marquette University Law School, shows Walker leading Barrett 52 percent to 45 percent. Beyond the horse race, the Marquette pollsters also asked about specific elements of Walker’s reforms. It turns out some of the key elements of those policies — reforms Obama strongly opposed — are now winning the day.
Those policies include:
- 75% of voters in favor of “requiring public employees to contribute to their own pensions and pay more for health insurance.”
- 55% of voters in favor of “limiting collective bargaining for most public employees.”
- 54% of voters thinking Wisconsin is better off in the long run because of the changes in state government
With these numbers and 52% of voters preferring him, Scott Walker appears likely to keep his job. If Wisconsin voters start to apply the same poll questions to Obama’s failed economic policies – forty months of 8% unemployment, doubling the national debt in just one term in office – they’ll come to the opposite conclusion about the President.
No wonder he doesn’t want to be seen in Wisconsin.