Walker Recall: Game On

These are some momentous times for Wisconsin. Its presidential primary next Tuesday could more or less seal the deal for Mitt Romney. One of its elected officials, Rep. Paul Ryan, is driving the bus that could take Romney and the entire GOP over a cliff in November.

And now, today, a state election board officially ordered a recall election for Gov. Scott Walker, to be held on June 5, after a May 8 primary to choose a Democratic successor if Walker goes down the tubes.

An NBC-Marist poll of WI released just today mainly focused on the presidential primary. But it also asked voters about a potential Walker recall, and it showed a generic Democrat (the likely candidates are the very well-known Kathleen Falk of Madison and Tom Barrett of Milwaukee) leading Walker by a narrow 48-46 margin. The Republican Governors’ Association is already running attack ads in WI going after both Falk and Barrett).

Interestingly, the NBC/Marist poll also showed GOP voters as being a lot more interested in the recall campaign than in the presidential primary.

It’s going to be quite the battle.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.