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  •  Russ is rather whimsical, in a good way. (4.00)
    Humorless definitely does NOT apply. In his first campaign, he ran goofy ads comparing himself to Elvis, and traveled the state in a white van painted with holstein spots.

    And he clearly doesn't plan to move in the direction of more gravitas, given his remark about a "cheesehead president".

    And that suits me just fine.

    •  Is he seeing anybody? :p (none)
      Jesus, what a winning hand. Probably has a cute ass, too.
    •  The very first time (4.00)
      I saw a Feingold ad, back in 92, I fell on the floor laughing, and said "I hope to God that guy's a Democrat."

      In addition to the Elvis spots, he ran one commercial  showing him ducking out of the way as mud was literally flung between two cardboard cutouts of his two opponents.

      He also did a series of commercials in '92 where he would start out by saying "Today I am in XXX" while pointing to the spot on the back of his hand corresponding with that particular city (since Wisconsin is shaped like the back of a hand).  He would then conclude by saying "I know Wisconsin like the back of my hand."

      Absolutely brilliant.

      lib-er-al: Open to new ideas for progress; tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; not limited to or by established, orthodox or authoritarian attitudes.

      by DCescapee on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 02:57:00 PM PST

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      •  I remember those ads (none)
        so clearly. Only time I ever actually enjoyed political ads on TV. We laughed right out loud.

        As for appeal, Russ has always been his own man and been very clear about knowing what it is to deal with a mortgage, etc. He's not one of the millionaires. His outreach to Wisconsin by visiting every one of the 72 counties for a town meeting every year keeps him grounded in a way that most DC politicians have never known.

        His refusal to take PAC money at all for his last re-election campaign made me very proud of him. We've since moved from Wisconsin but I would be thrilled to be able to vote for him again as a candidate for President.
    •  The very first time was a three-way primary (none)
      and that's what won it for him, when the other two went negative.  It's a classic campaign case study of when not to go negative (i.e., negative can work in a two-way race, as too well we know. . . .).

      Since then, Feingold has won (a) because incumbents win, (b) for lack of an opponent near his iq, and (c) we in Wisconsin do like a maverick -- Russ walks in the footsteps of Proxmire (in so many ways, you know he studied up).

      I just don't think that plays as well outside of Wisconsin.  And the two (not one, which is forgivable by the public now, but two) divorces -- I think that actually may be more of a problem in much of the country than his faith, a problem in less of the country.  

      But he's full of surprises, so it could be fun to see.

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

      by Cream City on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 12:06:20 AM PST

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