Russ Feingold just got the biggest gift of his political career, one that will increase his lead over RoJoWho even more.
Scott Walker said that now that he failed at running for president, he will spend his free time helping Ron Johnson's failing campaign:
With his run for the White House behind him, Gov. Scott Walker says that now he’ll be free to campaign aggressively for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson win re-election to the U.S. Senate in a rematch against Democrat Russ Feingold.
The question for Johnson is whether that’s good or bad news.
A Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed that Walker’s approval rating has fallen to a new low, Johnson remains unknown to more than a third of registered voters and Feingold — a former U.S. senator — has a 14-point lead in the race that won’t be determined until November 2016.
Wisconsin’s Johnson-Feingold race is critical to Democratic hopes of recapturing majority control of the Senate, and they would seem to have the edge considering the election comes in a presidential year in a state that hasn’t backed a Republican’s White House bid since Ronald Reagan.
Even worse for Johnson: No Republican has won a Senate seat in a presidential election year in Wisconsin since 1980.
So this is going to be a matter of the incompetent leading the inept, or more accurately, the disliked leading the unknown.
And to show that RoJoWho and the other state Republicans are none too bright either, they think that Walker's help will be a good thing:
Johnson backers said Walker’s commitment to being involved in the race can only be a benefit. And whether Walker is campaigning for Johnson or not, the Republican apparatus he helped build the past five years will be in place to spend money on the race and help get out the vote, they said.
“Any time you have the governor back full-time in the state, that’s a good thing for all of us,” said Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke. “Scott Walker has always done a good job getting out the base and getting out our supporters.”
Johnson, who had not endorsed Walker when he was running for president, welcomes his support in his re-election campaign, said the senator’s spokesman Brian Reisinger.
Johnson “has no doubt Gov. Walker’s continued efforts to move Wisconsin forward will benefit our state, as well as Republican chances in 2016,” Reisinger said.
Methinks it's time to pop some popcorn. The circus is about to start.