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  •  Now first (none)
    you say he was about issues, and then you say he went negative -- which is not about issues but about personalities.

    And past the primary, yes, I said he beat the incumbent -- but the incumbent was Kasten, who was the fool in deep trouble and was going to be beat by whichever Dem won the primary.  It was Kasten who beat Nelson, the late great Gaylord Nelson -- who, yes, was the incumbent but got smeared by Kasten.

    That was '80.  Now, back to '92, Feingold was hardly an unknown -- he was well-known as a legislator, having served for a decade, as I recall, or close to it.  He was well-known because he ws the maverick, even then -- and well-connected through his father, well-known and respected in Dem circles for decades before. . . .

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

    by Cream City on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 09:31:57 PM PST

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    •  Campaigns (none)
      have a lot of parts - Feingold ran ads which weren't issue oriented, particularly in the primary when he needed to differentiate himself and boost name recognition. 10 years in the Legislature doesn't do much in that direction, IMO, and Feingold certainly wasn't as well-known as some other legislators. In WI (back then anyway) it's rare to see legislators on TV or in the papers, and even the political programming I used to listen to on WHA every morning rarely (if ever) had legislators on.

      Beyond the "garage door" ads (which are marginally issue ads), most of his advertising wasn't that strongly issue-oriented, but even during the primary I recall him being quite strong on issues like deficits, taxes, health care and other things. I think the ads made Feingold visible, but his issue positions and things like integrity and independence have won him elections.

      It's basically the same here - when people discuss Feingold, it tends to be because they like what he stands for - with other Presidential candidates (Warner, Clinton, even Kerry, Clark somewhat), it tends to be electability, demographics, or something other than issues.

      We all go a little mad sometimes - Norman Bates

      by badger on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 10:54:14 PM PST

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      •  Of course, his stand against gun control (none)
        is a principle that has played well in Wisconsin for him.  Whether it will do so with urban eastern progressives would be interesting.  

        As for the rest, we analyze his campaign strategies and tactics a bit differently.  Going nowhere on that, so -- so it goes.

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

        by Cream City on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 05:45:10 AM PST

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