Romney’s and Walker’s fates linked.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Dan Bice explained Tuesday that Mitt Romney had no chance of winning Wisconsin in a general election if Republican Gov. Scott Walker is ousted from office.
“All of these elections are very much connected,” Bice, who has covered the Wisconsin GOP primary and recall campaign, said on MSNBC.
“The Romney campaign has created a very large and elaborate infrastructure here, which I am sure Walker’s team will try to use for the recall in June,” Bice explained. “If Walker loses, there is almost no way that Romney is going to win this state. So everyone here realizes how interconnected these things are.”
I don’t think Romney’s going to win Wisconsin in any case, so let’s put this another way: if Walker wins a Romney victory is unlikely and if Walker loses it becomes impossible.
The problem here for both men is that they’re being forced to work at cross purposes. Walker’s trying to downplay his overreach, in order to win over independents. Meanwhile, Romney’s playing up Walker’s wingnuttery, because he’s so popular with the GOP base. As I wrote yesterday, this isn’t working out all that well for Walker. And Romney’s hands are tied; the recall is the issue in Wisconsin, so there’s nothing else to talk about with local conservatives.
And Walker can’t abandon his born-again liberal act, because the state is so polarized. Conservatives alone can’t save him, so he needs to appeal to a tiny handful of undecideds.
It may be that circumstances beyond their control will spell a cheesehead disaster for both of them.