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  •  Clarify? (none)
    Re outperforming Kerry in the closest win, etc. -- are you speaking of Feingold's race in Wisconsin?  I really don't think that's a useful comparison -- a Senator up for reelection vs. a presidential race in a battleground state barraged by media, ads, etc., re the national candidates.

    That said, it's interesting to see a supposition that the midwestern accent (I gather that's the noun you mean) would work well elsewhere -- not that Feingold has a heavy version of it.  Often, those of us with the midwestern accent are told we sound "slow" to northeasterners and "funny" to westerners.  (As for southerners' reactions, I don't know -- but I suspect that to them, we just sound "northern.")

    "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

    by Cream City on Sun Nov 27, 2005 at 09:53:51 AM PST

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    •  I suppose you are right (none)
      The comparison between races doesnt really work. But considering the presidential race there was so close, I'm sure, at some point early on, they felt that if they got a good GOP candidate, they could tie him to Bush and help both to victory. Bottom line: Feingold did very well in Wisconsin, good in rurual areas too, and, from a purely electoral persepctive, could secure Wisconsin if he was the presidential nominee. As far as the accent, I dont know, personally think it makes him sound more down to earth.  

      A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward- Franklin Roosevelt.

      by jj32 on Sun Nov 27, 2005 at 11:11:12 AM PST

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      •  Yes, with the GOP in power (none)
        in the legislature, and the state Dems in some disarray, there was an early attempt to get a good GOP candidate . . . but I'm glad to report that it got fairly messy because one of the candidates had a lot of money and not much else going for him. . . .

        So past the primary, it wasn't much of a contest -- whereas, in a battleground state, it was an incredible contest in the presidential race, as you can see from the close results.  But the basic thing to know about Wisconsin is that there traditionally has been a lot of "disconnect" and little carryover from one sort of contest to another.  I.e., we often have had Dem Senators but GOP governors, Dem Senators but a GOP legislature, Dem Senators but a majority of members of Congress from the GOP, etc.

        That's because the rural areas are GOP in almost every other way, and only Milwaukee (city, not metro) and Madison are reliably Dem.  So whether the rural areas would go for Feingold for president, I'm not sure -- probably, because of local pride . . . but never having had a candidate at that level from the state, there's no precedent.  

        And the results re favorite sons from neighboring states (Humphrey, Mondale, etc.) are mixed. . . .

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Sun Nov 27, 2005 at 11:50:16 AM PST

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