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  •  Tommy's probably running... Crap. (0+ / 0-)

    Guess Rass's incessant push to get Thompson into the Senate race will pay off. I hope it's not true, but I'm bracing for the worst. Feingold is a great guy and a tough campaigner, but I don't think even he could beat Tommy (why is Thompson so popular?).

    I get the same sinking feeling I felt when the pollsters got Hoeven into the ND Senate race (yeah I know he didn't declare until after Dorgan announced his retirement, but still...)

    "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear..." --Obama, 1/20/09

    by SouthernFried on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:04:16 PM PDT

    •  He's not running, relax. (0+ / 0-)

      Most likely he'll use the moment to endorse someone else. See the thread above.

      Tommy's old, raking in the cash from lobbying and apparently is enjoying spending time with the grandkids. He's passing.

    •  See my "why Tommy can't beat Russ (2+ / 0-)
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      xsonogall, KingofSpades

      at Uppity Wis from 3 weeks ago.

      1. While Tommy may have highrollers on speed dial, his Wisconsin contacts are still on a Rolladex.

      As Governor, he put in long hours appearing in every corner of the State, and was very accessible. One to one, if you were having a problem with the State bureaucracy, and the request was reasonable, he'd try and help out.

      His problem, now, many of those folks he helped out are now deceased, or moved to Florida.

      He managed the long hours for a few weeks in Iowa for his abortive Presidential run, but it was wearing him out. I don't think he can sustain it all the way to November, and Russ doesn't give much to work with on a strictly negative ad-driven campaign. Unlike his opponents in the Governor races, they won't beable to paint Feingold as a gungrabbing nannystater. (Feingold voted against renewal of the assault weapons ban, a position that synchs well with his battle against the PATRIOT ACT.)

      1. I don't think Tommy's heart will be in it. He's been enjoying time with his grandkids, and hated living in Washington, hence the long delay in making up his mind. In agreeing to go through the motions, I suspect it's just to neutralize, as best he can, Russ' coattails in the races for the Legislature.
      1. The first debate.
      1. The Tea Party crowd. if he goes into full pander mode, he blows off those who consider him legitimately a "compassionate Conservative." if he doesn't pander, they've time to field an Indy/3d party guy. it's telling that Tommy skipped the tea party convention in the Dells, where he might well have been booed over his pre-flip position on Healthcare reform.

      "Do your taxpayers a favor, and leave him alone." (My State Assembly Rep, Marc Pocan, to Denver's City Atty before 2008 DNC)

      by ben masel on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:23:23 PM PDT

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      •  Nice post (0+ / 0-)

        Like I said, it's not that I think Feingold won't be able to beat him, but it's because I'd rather not have the Dems need to siphon funds away from other races in November....

        But that makes me a bit more hopeful about Feingold's chances should Tommy decide to run.

        "If these Republicans can't stand up to Rush, how can they stand up to the Iranians?" - Redmond Barry

        by xsonogall on Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 08:28:21 PM PDT

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