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The Lid: Bargain Hunter Scott Walker’s Poll Numbers on Discount

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Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters after a meet and greet visit to the Highland Park Soda Fountain in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero) LM Otero / AP

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’16 AT 30 THOUSAND

Scott Walker had it all: biography, geography, executive experience, a record of wins and enough superPAC cash to buy a heck of a lot of $1 Kohls sweaters. (Though since campaigns and superPACs can’t coordinate, finding the right color and size can be an issue!) So how did he go from leading - decisively! - in Iowa polls in mid-July to earning just three percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll in the caucus state? It doesn’t seem to be that Iowa voters *like* him less. His net favorable rating in the Q-poll is almost unchanged since May, and his numbers on being honest/trustworthy and understanding regular voters have only slipped a little bit. (He took a slightly bigger hit on “leadership qualities” over the summer.) Apart from his obvious unforced errors on policy questions, we see two more structural problems. One: waffling answers on issues - particularly on immigration - never sit well with a GOP electorate even without Trump in the mix (a man who has said he CAN’T REMEMBER the last time he apologized for anything.) And two: Walker’s first rise to fame came after a fiery Iowa speech that seemed to put to rest concerns that the Wisconsin governor was too boring for primetime. In the Trump world, “boring” has a completely different meaning -- and until the entertainment part of 2016 is recalibrated (if it is at all!), even a fired-up Scott Walker has little chance of recapturing voters’ imaginations.

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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

CLINTON: The New York Times chronicles Clinton’s long road to “I’m sorry.”

The Washington Post makes the case that Hillary Clinton has opened herself up to potential attacks with her foreign policy stances during this campaign.

TRUMP: Bloomberg writes that he poses an existential threat to Marco Rubio.

He’s said to be in talks to sell the Miss Universe organization to WME/IMG the same day after buying NBCUniversal’s stake in the group.

FOR THE RECORD…

“Like many decisions that are made probably on Tuesday night at Tortilla Coast, they seem like a great idea after a couple margaritas, but when faced with the scrutiny of the light of day, they don’t seem quite as realistic.”

  • White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on GOP talking about using the courts to block the Iran deal.

WEEKEND SKED

Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio all attend the Iowa v. Iowa State game in Ames on Saturday.

Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham campaign in New Hampshire.

Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders are in South Carolina. Jeb Bush opens a field office in Miami, Florida.