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Republican Tommy Thompson has been emulating Mitt Romney in his bid for Wisconsin's open senate seat. He's made his millions, and the taxes he did or didn't pay on that are none of your goddamned business. It's a good opening for Democrat Tammy Baldwin, and she took it. Check out this ad, showing how adamant and angry Thompson is over the tax question.

Thompson: Am I going to release my tax returns? The answer is no. No. [...] The answer is N-O. What part don't you understand?
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Thompson is benefitting from a post-primary bounce, according to a new PPP's poll. From previous polling that found Baldwin and Thompson tied at 45 percent, he now has a five point advantage, 49-44. That, PPP found, is a result of "GOP voters getting on the same page. Thompson now leads by 89 points with Republicans, 93-4. Previously he had just a 77 point lead with them at 84-7." His favorability rating has improved, too, up to 46 percent from 40 when PPP polled in July.

The crotchety old man in that video, refusing to come clean on his millions and his taxes, isn't so likable. This is a smart hit on Thompson, one that he completely opened himself up to by telling voters that they'll just have to trust him. Because the last thing a voter is going to trust a politician on is money.

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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 09:35 AM PDT.

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  •  One of the best ads I've seen come out of a (15+ / 0-)

    Wisconsin Democrat in a long time.  I saw it a couple days ago and thought it was a killer.  Combined with her other "Thompsen's not for us anymore" ads, I have high hopes.

    I think it's wise of her to focus on what he's been doing since he was governor.  She's definitely making him look and sound like an out of touch, rich, crotchety man who came back to Wisconsin just for this and is in it for himself.

    Go Tammy Baldwin!!  

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 09:49:50 AM PDT

  •  Asking Wisconsin if it wants (5+ / 0-)

    another version of Romney to reprsent them in the senate is a very good idea. I know I don't want him there to begin with as he does not represent me. But an older crochety version of Romney in the senate as a republican? As Whoopie Goldberg would say""Oh HELL NO!"

  •  Nice touch with the "ANYMORE". (6+ / 0-)

    One of the most difficult tasks that Rep. Baldwin will have is convincing people that THIS Tommy Thompson is not the somewhat-moderate sorta-bipartisan Tommy Thompson who was governor for 14 years.

    This is bat guano crazy teabag Republican Tommy Thompson. She can beat that guy.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 11:11:23 AM PDT

    •  He looks a hell of a lot different, if that helps. (2+ / 0-)
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      JanF, Matt Z

      I wouldn't have thought it was the same guy if I didn't know better.

      Wonder how long he was dying his hair?

      If Obama didn't get Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger; then Bin Laden didn't take down the World Trade Center because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:56:03 PM PDT

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  •  the returns issue again (1+ / 0-)
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    Repugnants are riding this horse into the ground. Hopefully this ground has a high cliff presiding it. But repugs are betting they have the 'my privacy rights' whine to wash this away with dinner. If they all ride the same theme then of course they are being attacked by those mean slimey socialists.
    Knowing a few of the tea baggers well (can't pick family) that argument will work to keep the tea tight. Regardless of the baggers we have a good window and we need to keep it open. Does Thompson have anything to hide? Likely not. But Romney, well, once a liar.

    A danger foreseen is half avoided.

    by ncheyenne on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 11:56:14 AM PDT

  •  Don't thik this registers with conservatives (0+ / 0-)

    I live in western Sheboygan County.   This is one of the most conservative parts of the state.   Tommy's tax situation is totally unimportant to my neighbors.   Many actually like the way he handled the situation.   If you live in Madison or Milwaukee you are not hearing what I am hearing.  I would run the ad for another 5 days,  if the polls aren't moving then don't run it anymore.   Jobs for young recent college grads and high school grads is much more important for most of our state than the tax issue.  

    I believe Tammy needs to talk directly to the young people of this state and relate her plans for improving their prospects for employment.   Tammy has a great personality,  a positive message from here will go a log ways!

  •  And I just wrote a diary about what's the best (1+ / 0-)
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    way to attack Tommy Thompson:

  •  Ya wanna talk issues fine...Trust, It's Issue Zero (2+ / 0-)
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    Hillbilly Dem, cocinero

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:36:38 PM PDT

  •  So much for smiley Mayor McCheese (0+ / 0-)

    He's turned into a gremlin.

  •  New rule... (1+ / 0-)
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    If you're going to run for office on a platform that you deserve a tax cut, then at a bare minimum you have to fucking prove it.

    Jesus Christ this is insane.

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:50:27 PM PDT

  •  None of the GOoPers can release their tax returns (3+ / 0-)
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    wenchacha, greenbird, pipercity1

    because it will embarrass the top of the ticket even further than he is already.  The Baldwin/Thompson race is only the beginning of this phenomenon.

    Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:51:13 PM PDT

    •  If Thompson releases tax returns it exposes the 1% (0+ / 0-)

       Let's face it, the majority of the 1% use every tax loop hole they can. The government knows but intentionally remains almost oblivious to how corrupt the system is. I think the reason for this is obvious.
         It's a closely guarded "house of cards". Articles have been written but only expose what is general knowledge.Tens  of millions of dollars were spent to  expose Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky...why hasn't that amount of money, interest and energy ever been used to "fully understand our tax laws."
      Or how tax loop holes work? This will never happen!  
         At least this makes Tommy Thompson look arrogant!

      "A lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth gets it shoes on." Mark Twain

      by pipercity1 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 03:52:06 AM PDT

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  •  I like her. (0+ / 0-)

    Can she give a stump speech?

    If Obama didn't get Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger; then Bin Laden didn't take down the World Trade Center because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:54:10 PM PDT

    •  She's pretty good. (2+ / 0-)
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      Bush Bites, greenbird

      They've even tapped her to speak at the convention in North Carolina.

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 06:09:26 PM PDT

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      •  and (1+ / 0-)
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        Bush Bites
        "Voter Registration: Wisconsin has election day registration at the polls."
        my little greensidekick. everything and everybody for all of us.

        U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit.
        112th Senate Senate Electoral Classes

        Class 1 Seat up for election Open
        Senator Herbert H. "Herb" Kohl
        • First elected: 1988; re-elected: 1994, 2000, 2006
        • Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
        • Open Seat - 13 May 2011:
        Media reports say Senator Kohl will not seek re-election in 2012.

        * Open Seat (no incumbent) *
        Congressman Tammy Baldwin
        • 5 September 2011: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Class 1 Seat in 2012.
        FEC S2WI00219; 25 Jul 12; Tot $7,163,629; Dsb $4,716,150

        State Representative Jeff Fitzgerald - lost primary
        • FEC S2WI00227; 25 Jul 12; Tot $159,021; Dsb $115,517

        Eric D. Hovde - lost primary
        • FEC S2WI00268; 25 Jul 12; Tot $5,532,185; Dsb $4,945,880

        Former Congressman  Mark W. Neumann - lost primary
        • FEC S8WI00158; 25 Jul 12; Tot $2,733,952; Dsb $2,543,207

        Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson
        FEC S2WI00235; 25 Jul 12; Tot $2,467,185; Dsb $2,114,270

        Joseph Kexel

        Nimrod Allen, III

        Dan Mastrocola

        Class 3
        Senator  Ronald Harold "Ron" Johnson
        • First elected: 2010
        • Seat up for election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

        Give Tammy Baldwin whatever you can: verbal support, time, coin.
        She'll use it well.

        * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

        by greenbird on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 07:09:42 PM PDT

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