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  •  trekguy, Feingold has hardly (3+ / 0-)
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    been silent. He has started his own political influence group, "Progressives United," and put a good deal of effort into it.  I know, because I'm a member of that group and get his e-mails all the time.

    Furthermore, I gotta say, I resent you talking about Feingold as just one more book selling shill.  I wouldn't usually go there, but I'm damn tootin' gonna go there in response to your comment.

    Look, Wisconsin threw Feingold out on his ear in the mid terms for a tea party ass hat no one had ever heard of, but had plenty of bucks to shoot Feingold in his achilles heel.  I don't think Feingold was right to eschew funds, to be so pure, but he DID do what many a progressive whines for---walked his talk.

    And all the years that Feingold dedicated to Wisconsin as a stalwart democratic senator didn't matter ENOUGH to democrats in Wisconsin to keep him in his seat.  And not only did they fail to fight hard enough for him and his seat, but then they elected some republican jazzbo that couldn't add up to Feingold's commitment to good governance if his life depended on it.

    I understand that you and many other good democrats in Wisconsin voted for Feingold.  I understand that you and many other good democrats in Wisconsin did not intend to give it up to Walker.  

    But the FACT IS, that's what happened.  And it is impossible to come up with any other bottom line than that the democrats were not on their game in 2010.

    So.  Fine.  We've been killing ourselves to make up for it ever since.  But please, don't you dare turn your nose down at Feingold, don't you dare call him "lost," because you can't take your share of responsibility.

    You can only ask so much of a guy.  Frankly, I'm amazed we don't have to run want adds for our candidates.

    •  Feingold (0+ / 0-)

      StellaRay, as a WI resident and frequent protester at the capitol in Madison during 2011, as well as a (former) supporting member of Russ' Progressives United group, I respectfully disagree with your take on his stance.

      I have long admired Feingold for his active defense of civil liberties (IIRC, the only Senator to vote against the original Patriot Act) and of sensible limits on political campaign funding. His was also an important voice as Senator that spoke of the importance of US missions such as the Peace Corps and USAID. I could not agree more with your recounting of the fact that WI Dems and voters, in general, threw him under the bus in 2010 and elected, instead, a corporate shill whose name has barely surfaced in the national discourse during the first two years of his term.

      I get all of that.

      What I don't get is Feingold's deafening silence during the Wisconsin Spring. Yes, he made a cameo appearance or maybe even two, but his was a voice almost entirely absent from the discussions regarding how best to derail Walker's union-busting and corporatist agenda. What I don't get is his silence during the recall elections held last year in which three-- but not the four needed-- republican senators were recalled. Most of all, I don't get that he has not weighed in in any meaningful way on the present efforts to recall Walker and his cronies. He was a guest on John Stewart's show the other night, pitching his book, and failed to mention the political turmoil that has engulfed our state even a single time.

      Finally, I will note that, as an attentive voter, I thought his 2010 campaign for reelection was, in a word, lame. He was up against a stuffed shirt tea party idiot who could have been easily dispatched had Russ cared to do so, but-- by my reckoning-- he did not try hard at all.

      I understand your passionate defense of the Russ Feingold as we knew him when a US Senator, but his actions (or lack thereof) of late have left me wondering where his priorities lie: Are they to the state of Wisconsin and the progress of our nation, or are they tilted towards self-indulgence, selling books and sniping from the sidelines?

      The child in me wishes that he might emerge as if a white knight on an armored steed that races into the recall election to rescue Wisconsin and its progressive traditions from the attacks of Walker, the Fitzgerald clan and the Koch brothers, Inc., but at 51 I've grown old enough to realize that inactions can be as powerful a statement of political priorities as actions. In the case of Russ, his inactions make me leery and very sad.

      "It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Arabiflora on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 02:26:29 AM PST

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