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  •  Tommy (0+ / 0-)

    Thompson's finally decided to run for something again?! Haha! But he's way too old to run for the senate especially since all the seniors are deciding to retire en mass these days.

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    by ehstronghold on Tue May 17, 2011 at 07:54:22 AM PDT

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    •  Thompson (3+ / 0-)

      He'll turn 71 in Nov 2012. That's old, but hardly too old given that he already has close to 100% name recognition. He would be very strong in the general, because he won't scare any independents. The Dem would have to make a strong case why people should vote for the Dem as opposed to against Thompson. I'm not sure he could still win a primary, though. It's Walker's party now, and the Walker Republicans would probably see Thompson as a RINO.

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      by sacman701 on Tue May 17, 2011 at 08:18:55 AM PDT

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    •  Shades of Mike Castle (0+ / 0-)

      Ancient politician wanting to take a victory lap in the Senate before retiring to Florida. Thompson's problem is that his favorability in Wisconsin is nowhere near Castle's in Delaware.

      •  But he's less vulnerable to a Tea Party challenge (0+ / 0-)

        Thus, unlike Castle, he could actually survive the primary to begin with. The general is Thompson's problem.

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        by andyroo312 on Tue May 17, 2011 at 09:26:41 AM PDT

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        •  Is it? (0+ / 0-)

          I've suspected that, like someone like Daniels or Romney in the presidential race, getting past the primary is the bigger hurdle. Thompson doesn't seem like a Snowe-style moderate, but is he really going to light a fire under the asses of the base in the primary? As is noted on the main page in a newer thread, he's supported the individual insurance mandate before.

          •  and the rabid conservative set (0+ / 0-)

            also seem to hate Bush.  Well, the ones who remember he signed TARP anyway.  Pretty sure it wasn't but six years ago I argued with many of these same people in high school over why I'm wearing ten Kerry buttons to class.

        •  You (3+ / 0-)
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          More than anybody else were certain Castle couldn't lose. Why should we now believe you here?

        •  Um, nope, he supported Obamacare! (1+ / 0-)
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          Look at TPM today, they have a story on Thompson, in fall 2009, joining in a joint bipartisan statement in praise of the Senate bill that formed the basis for the final HCR bill that became law.

          No it's not a 100% on-point endorsement of the law as passed, but it's close enough to make it very hard for him to explain it away.

          I trust PPP's polling on him and consider this no worse than a tossup even with Thompson.

          Now, if it's Baldwin vs. Thompson, I'll be more nervous.

          But if we have Kind, I give us the edge.

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          by DCCyclone on Tue May 17, 2011 at 11:23:35 AM PDT

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