Skip to main content

Anyone who's looking for a reason why, despite previous actions, Republicans are now considering backing Todd Akin again (this despite Claire McCaskill and outside groups wasting no time dropping the hammer on Akin as soon as he couldn't drop out) need only look at the current Senate map. More specifically, they need to look at the Wisconsin Senate race, which was a race the GOP hoped could take the place of the Missouri Senate race in the list of pickups they needed to take back the Senate. With recent GOP successes in Wisconsin and a big name like Tommy Thompson as their nominee, it looked very promising.

Those hopes, as I've diaried about earlier, have now gone up in smoke.  Thompson's poll numbers have suffered an epic collapse and now to make matters worse, he's had his own version of Mitt Romney's "47%" video, specifically a video from a Tea Party event in June dug up by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel where Thompson bragged about "finishing off welfare" and said he'd "do away" with Medicaid and Medicare. And not too surprisingly, Tammy Baldwin and her campaign are all over it:

"Tommy Thompson now says he wants to 'do away with Medicare,'" Baldwin spokesman John Kraus told TPM. "He supports the Republican plan on Medicare that will provide billions in new profits for big insurance companies and a voucher for seniors instead of the guaranteed benefit they paid for...It's clear Tommy is not for Wisconsin anymore."

Kraus swiped Thompson, formerly the state's governor and President Bush's Secretary of Health and Human Services, as a "quarterback for George W. Bush on a sweetheart deal for drug companies."

Needless to say, Thompson and company aren't taking this very well:
In a statement to TPM, the Thompson campaign respopnded by saying Baldwin "would rather lie and demagogue the issues that put forth a credible plan," declaring that Thompson "actually provides solutions to our nation's problems."
If the "solutions" refer to the Medicare-killing budget plan from his fellow Badger Stater Paul Ryan, time to go back to the drawing board, Tommy.

Already the video has prompted speculation that it will sink Thompson's already faltering Senate hopes. And I love this bit of advice:

Memo to Republicans: Just stay away from cameras, all cameras. And if you can, travel back in time and implement this advice in April or so.
Sadly for them, Mitt can't and now Tommy can't either. And this time, he can't blame Mitt for his troubles. Unless, say, he was trying to flatter him by imitating him. If so, bad idea.

Now you might understand why the GOP is considering going back to supporting Akin. Because thanks to Thompson's efforts, they may have no choice left.

Originally posted to gf120581 on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

Poll

Does the GOP still have a shot at winning the Senate?

0%1 votes
6%8 votes
33%40 votes
19%23 votes
33%40 votes
5%7 votes
0%1 votes

| 120 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site