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Walker on top in new WI recall polls

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By Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON — Another wild day in Recall Land.

Let's catch up, shall we.

Walker on top

A new poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by 9 percentage points.

The We Ask America Automated and Interview poll, conducted Sunday, asked 1,219 likely voters whom they planned to vote for in Wisconsin’s June 5 gubernatorial recall election. The survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.81 percentage points, found Walker leading with 52 percent support to Barrett’s 43 percent. Undecideds made up 5 percent of the polling universe.

“While other polls also show Walker in the lead, no one is suggesting that this race is anywhere near over,” We Ask America stated in a release. “Walker only leads among self-described Independent voters by 47.6 percent to 44.6 percent, and the underlying numbers seem fluid.” 

Another poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling for liberal website Daily Kos, found Walker beating Barrett 50 percent to 45 percent, identical to PPP’s poll last month.

“Since that time, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic primary but does not appear to be seeing a bounce from that victory,” Daily Kos reported Tuesday. The website notes that there appears to be an enthusiasm gap that’s “favoring the GOP right now."

Among registered voters — as opposed to likely voters — the race was a point tighter, with Walker up 49 percent to 45 percent.

In the lieutenant governor recall race, Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch leads Democratic challenger and president of Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, the statewide union representing firefighters, Mahlon Mitchell, 46 percent to 43 percent. In that race, however, 14 percent of respondents were undecided, compared with 3 percent in the gubernatorial recall.

The PPP poll, conducted between May 11-13, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

So much for Democratic Party unity — at least from the Mother Ship.

While state Democrats have called for a unified front in their bid to defeat Walker, they’re reportedly miffed at the national party — the Democratic National Committee, in particular — for not coming up with requested campaign cash, according to Greg Sargent, who writes The Plum Line blog, in a Washington Post exclusive.

Sargent said a top Democratic Party of Wisconsin official told him (do I hear party spokesman Graeme Zielinski’s “Anarchy in the U.K." ringtone?) that the DNC and the Democratic Governors Association aren’t giving Wisconsin Dems the same kind of love National Republicans are giving the Walker camp.

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Ray Charles, she ain’t

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat from Milwaukee, has been known for some kooky antics in her seven-plus years in Congress.

She may have reached new heights last month at the Democratic Party’s Founder’s Day Gala.

Moore regaled a crowd of Wisconsin Dem big wigs — including U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-District 2, vying for the seat Kohl is vacating — with her poem/song, “Hit the Road Scott!,” a parody of the Ray Charles’ classic hit “Hit the Road Jack!” and an homage to the congresswoman’s hatred of the embattled Walker.

“Great Scott, Scott Walker, you gotta go, baby. We don’t want you no more,” she “sang.”

Actually the sounds that emanated from the representative were somewhere between a new age chant and a cat being run over by a car. The audience chimed in with the chorus, “Hit the road, Scott,” and the back-up Dems on stage, let’s call them the rejected Pips, moaned out ooh, oohs, between verses.

Of course, as with all video that causes a cringe, Moore’s performance hit YouTube almost immediately.

While Cee Lo Green and the other “Voice” panelists may not have been kind to Gwen’s rendition, “Hit the Road, Scott” might just be the first political parody panned by PolitiFact.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel version of the Tampa Bay Times-driven website aimed at cutting through political spin rated one of the lyrics in Moore’s ditty false on its Truth-o-Meter.

“Moore closed with a line about Walker’s budget having ‘raised taxes on the poor and the elderly by gutting the Earned Income and Homestead Tax Credits,’” PolitiFact wrote.

PolitiFact found Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature left the tax credits mostly in tact.

“We rate Moore’s claim False,” the website stated.

And don’t you come back no Moore, no Moore, no Moore, no Moore …