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  •  Feingold has character (2+ / 0-)
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    Wisconsin is not nearly as progressive as Feingold, but Wisconsin voters will vote for character and admire politicians who will take unpopular stands on principle.  In other words, for him to have won re-election, there were a lot of people who support the Patriot Act but admire Feingold's courage in passionately and articulately opposing it so they voted for him anyway.

    In his last race for Senate, William Proxmire spent something like $200, and most of that was on postage to return donations he didn't need.  Back in the day, every adult in Wisconsin could tell you how many times they met the man and shook hands with him at State Fair, Summerfest, baseball games, etc.  Feingold isn't quite as ubiquitous, but people believe that he is still in touch with Wisconsin and not one of those DC people.

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