Burke the Hopeless


New poll numbers show that Gov. Scott Walker is now ahead of Mary Burke 50-45 among likely voters, a sharp swing from earlier polls where Burke led among that group who claims to be more enthusiastic about showing up at the polls.

That’s great news for Walker, and anecdotal evidence shows that, like in 2012’s recall, Walker’s supporters are now downright on fire.

See this Facebook post by Mark Burke, a cheapshot against Walker’s pledge of 250,000 jobs in which it’s nearly impossible to find a pro-Burke comment.

Either the post was targeted to Walker supporters, which is probably the dumbest strategic decision her campaign could make given her problems with the progressive base, or a mistake.

Republicans can’t rest on their laurels yet – there’s still plenty of time for Burke to pull out an October surprise, but it looks like Mary Burke’s peak has come and gone.

About the writer: Chris Rochester is editor in chief of Morning Martini. He’s a communication specialist with experience in the private sector and on various campaigns. He's the communications director for the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. Commentary here is strictly his own.