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  •  I hope he talking Russ Feingold (2+ / 0-)
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    but that's probably too much to ask.  I love me some Russ Feingold!

    R-Money is going to need all that untaxed money he stashed offshore in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere, because President Obama just PWNED him!

    by NM Ward Chair on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:21:29 PM PDT

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    •  It may not be too much to ask (1+ / 0-)
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      I've seen a number of people saying they have talked to Russ and he intends to run in one of those races (probably for his old seat). Let's just hope it's not Kathleen Falk. She's been toxic outstate for a long time, but now she's toxic in Madison and Milwaukee as well for running a slime campaign against Barrett.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

      by fearlessfred14 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:36:38 PM PDT

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      •  Kelda Roys would have similar problems to Falk (1+ / 0-)
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        Her campaign in the WI-2 primary earlier this year was downright lousy, to put it mildly. Kathleen Falk, obviously, would be even worse.

        Additionally, I've also heard that Chris Abele and Lena Taylor may have serious problems with the Democratic base: in Abele's case, he vetoed a "Move to Amend referendum" bill, in Taylor's case, she voted for concealed carry and supports school voucher programs. If it's anyone from the Milwaukee area, I hope it would be Chris Larson or Mahlon Mitchell.

        Of potential outstate Democratic candidates, Ron Kind (voted to hold Holder in contempt) and Kathleen Vinehout (supports allowing pharmacies to refuse to dispense contraception based on moral/religious grounds) have serious problems with the base.

        "Rahm Emaunel is the leader of the Scott Walker Wing of the Democratic Party!" -Me

        by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:50:39 PM PDT

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        •  The main issue with a Milwaukee candidate (2+ / 0-)
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          is that many of them have trouble building a base of support in Madison and outstate. Taylor and Abele seem like machine politicians from 90 miles away, and would have to counter those perceptions to have a chance. Larson would probably be a much more electable candidate in the primary at least. Mitchell is from Madison, not Milwaukee.

          As for the others you mentioned, Kind is probably the strongest candidate. If he runs and Feingold doesn't, he'd probably start as the frontrunner despite his base issues, which are considerable. Vinehout has less baggage (she's a solid progressive on most issues) but also less name recognition. Roys is simply not a statewide candidate, though she probably still has a future in Dane County politics despite her quixotic black-is-white campaign (trying to tie Pocan to ALEC must qualify her for a special prize).

          Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

          by fearlessfred14 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 09:50:56 PM PDT

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    •  I've soured on Feingold, myself (7+ / 0-)

      I think that he bought into his own press and was too contrarian to be an effective team player at the end of his stint in the Senate.  He was a little like a higher-functioning Kucinich.

      The pleasure of hating...eats into the heart of religion...[and] makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands. - W. Hazlitt

      by rfahey22 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:59:00 PM PDT

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      •  Feingold for the High Court (0+ / 0-)

        I actually hope Obama picks Russ Feingold as Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court. It's about time a non-lawyer with people credentials (as well as legal bona fides) got back on the court.

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