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  •  Then We're Back to Bayh and Nelson (none)
    My point is that any way you look at it, arguing that Feingold is electable because he got 55% in a state that has gone Democratic in five straight presidential elections and has Dems in the other major statewide offices isn't a very compelling argument.  I think Kohl has gotten higher numbers than Feingold.  I know that in Michigan, which has been less Democratic than Wisconsin, Carl Levin has racked up bigger wins than Feingold, including in 2002, which was a generally crappy year.  

    My point is that saying he's electable nationally based on running a few points better than Kerry, especially since he was running as an incumbent against an underfunded and non-targeted challenger, is not in the least convincing.  In fact, the more I think about it, Feingold's performance is actually pretty damn underwhelming for someone who's supposedly a strong national candidate.

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 05:10:00 PM PST

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