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Former Gov. Tommy Thompson apparently thinks that having once been governor is all that he needs to succeed in a senate race. Or something. Whatever the case, he's been AWOL in this campaign since winning his primary. He's had very few public events and has even refused to engage with local media, except to complain about how Mitt Romney is dragging him down.

And people besides the Wisconsin Democratic Party, which produced the ad up there, are noticing.

MADISON (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson , whose campaign abruptly lost momentum after enjoying a healthy lead all year, is being urged by worried supporters and insiders to raise his profile on the campaign trail and on TV to avoid being swamped by a Democratic surge in the state. [...]

Thompson backers' concerns about his campaign's direction have been growing in the wake of recent polls showing problems for Republicans in the state, including GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. They are imploring Thompson to break out of the negative cycle by doing by what he did best in getting elected four times as governor: taking his campaign into communities to meet voters face to face.

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Since that piece was written, last Thursday, he's emerged to complain to the National Review that he was just "exhausted" after his primary campaign. Apparently, he still hasn't recovered.

There's a reason Tammy Baldwin is winning. She's working to win. She's had more than two dozen events around the state since the August primary. Thompson has had around six.

Let's help her keep that momentum up.

Click here to donate $3 to Tammy Baldwin on Act Blue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tip Jar (30+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:45:57 AM PDT

  •  Tammy takes a page from Wellstone (14+ / 0-)

    if there are more than two cheese heads standing in one spot be there talking about your vision for Wisconsin.  It worked for Paul and Al next door.

  •  This video needs to be everywhere :) (9+ / 0-)

    Tommy Thompson in his own words...

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Mittens, Paul Ryan, Scotty Walker, Limbaugh, pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:52:02 AM PDT

  •  Tommy needs sleep (8+ / 0-)

    Lots and lots of sleep.  I personally would like to see him set his alarm for Nov.8th or so.

    Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore. John Prine -8.00,-5.79

    by Miss Blue on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:52:12 AM PDT

    •  Wonder if it's a health issue. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sometimes exhaustion is actually a symptom of something deeper and more sinister.  Has anyone been able to ask him about his health?

      I ask because a co-worker was complaining about heartburn and not being able to sleep for a week last month and then that Sunday he had a heart attack and passed away.  Had he gone to a doctor (he was a contractor without health insurance) he might have been diagnosed and saved.

  •  They think that tens of millions (6+ / 0-)

    in attack ads, Tommy's name recognition, the saturation of RW hate radio pumping him up, and or lazy corporate media asleep on the job would be enough.  They want to keep him out of the public eye to avoid him being caught on camera in another drunken rage.

    Tammy Baldwin will make an awesome Senator.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:08:12 AM PDT

  •  Oy. (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, 3goldens, luckylizard, fumie

    Voters of both parties appreciate candidates that, you know, actually work for their votes.

    Martha "Standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" Coakley learned that lesson the hard way.

    Hopefully Thompson will too.

    Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

    by Scott Wooledge on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:23:41 AM PDT

  •  Editorial Cartoon by Paul Berge, Q Syndicate (5+ / 0-)

    Free Image Hosting at

    •  Yeah? (2+ / 0-)
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      AnnieJo, Joy of Fishes

      He dog-whistled the gay in the debate?

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:08:15 PM PDT

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    •  That cartoon is even more ironic (4+ / 0-)

      than a lot of people outside of WI realize because Thompson and his wife, while not legally divorced, have lived separate lives and in separate residences for YEARS.  So, he can 'say' he has a "wife" but he's not really been in a committed relationship with her for a very long time.  And it's well-known in WI about the status of his "marriage".  When he campaigns, his "wife" is not present----so the Tomster is really and has behaved for years like a single guy.  His adult children also appear to want nothing to do with him as well.   Not surprising given that he never paid any attention to them during their younger lives.  

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

      by 3goldens on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:48:23 PM PDT

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      •  Thompson marital status (3+ / 0-)
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        luckylizard, 3goldens, Joy of Fishes

        That's interesting.  Certainly, I doubt that many in Wisconsin even know this.  I sure didn't.  During the debate he kept going back to a foundation that his wife and daughter run.  

        The republicans really screwed themselves over on their nominee.  The hedge fund guy Hovde was trying to buy the Senate seat.  Neumann and Fitzgerald were enough of to be spoilers to make it possible for Thompson to squeak past Hovde.  

        Thompson had to spend himself into debt to get the nomination and then sat on his lead.  Then Tammy defined him for what he is.   His comeback when he was pressed about releasing his tax returns sealed the deal against him.  "What part of No do you not understand?"  What kind of politician disses the electorate.  Oh he had the example of Mitt Romney.  The tax return issue is the deciding factor among independents to not trust Romney or Thompson.  

        •  Great comment, widem. (2+ / 0-)
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          AnnieJo, Joy of Fishes

          I really agree with your entire last paragraph!  Also wanted to say that I have to apologize about saying people knew about Tommy's marital situation.  I've lived in Dane County my entire life, and it was common knowledge here starting from the 1980s.  He was not discreet about his extra-marital affairs at all around here.  I really thought Thompson's disgusting behavior was more widely known.  The WI State Journal editorial board warned him in an OpEd piece years ago when he tried a run for the Presidency that his personal life would not stand the scrutiny a national race would entail.  Pigheaded as he is, he ignored them but didn't make it far in the primaries and dropped out.

          Ultimately, he's a ruthless, crude, greedy hypocrite.  Having him AND Ron Johnson in the US Senate together is nightmare-inducing.

          We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

          by 3goldens on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:59:41 PM PDT

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          •  On the one hand, I hate it when politics (2+ / 0-)
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            3goldens, Joy of Fishes

            delves into personal dirty-secrets.

            On the other hand, it's so infuriating to see Republicans get a pass with extra-marital shenanigans after demagoguing their upstanding family values.

            Yeah, I heard the repeated "my wife" thing in the debate too, and gagged a little.  Rumor has it that a former owner of my house was... ummm... shall we say, involved in the indiscretions.  The affairs and the boozing have not been a campaign issue -- Tammy's too principled for that -- but if you type Tommy Thompson into Google, the first autocomplete suggestion is "Tommy Thompson drunk."


            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 Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:20:58 PM PDT

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  •  Baldwin's lead narrowing (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, rosarugosa
    Marquette University Law School's latest poll shows that Democrat Tammy Baldwin has a 4-point lead over Republican Tommy Thompson in the U.S. Senate race, but her advantage has narrowed.

    The Marquette poll shows Baldwin leading by 48% to 44%. That compares to Baldwin's 50% to 41% lead in the last poll released on Sept. 19. The poll on Aug. 22 showed the opposite: Former governor Thompson was leading Baldwin by a 50% to 41% advantage.

    The latest poll was taken Thursday through Sunday, occurring primarily before Friday's first debate between the Baldwin and Thompson.

    The poll of 894 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

    The survey showed the candidates are now tied with independent voters, each garnering 43%.
  •  Exhausted from the PRIMARY... GAHH!! (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, Joy of Fishes

    Come on folks we need to get TAMMY ELECTED...sharing this everywhere.

    DEMOCRACY is a Relay Race... and you pass the baton by VOTING! So don't vote for OBAMA, VOTE for M&M's, MEDICARE and MIDDLECLASS

    by LOrion on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:01:39 PM PDT

  •  Tommy who? (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, 3goldens

    Govenor to cabinet post to lobbyist to wanabe senator? The guy who sold his soul to corperate America as a senator and making policy choices for those same people. That guy as my senator?
    Hell no. My state has made several poor choices of late, but sending this person to the senate is a fool's choice. Johnson and Thompson? No thanks. Johnson is bad enough all by himself. There is no need to give support to a man who no longer represents the best interests of the citizens of this state, or those of the country at large. Go back to the farm Tommy. It is where you belong. You can't damage anything there except your own property.

  •  Thompson really hasn't been visible (4+ / 0-)

    during this campaign and it's quite noticeable because in the past he was always ready to get out and "press the flesh" with voters.  What's also noticeable (at least to me) is that Scott Walker and the WI Republican Party have not really provided a lot of visible support for him.  The Tea Party fools, who got Ron Johnson elected to Russ Feingold's seat, did NOT want Thompson at all and they don't seem to have accepted the fact gracefully that Mark Neumann, the guy they favored, did not win the primary.  I think Tammy and her crew did a great job in getting out ahead of Thompson before the Republican primary was even held, and making it known that Tommy has become a millionaire lobbyist in DC.  Her ads against Thompson have been brutal and I'm very thankful she came out playing hardball against him from the get-go.  It was the right thing to do and he's never been able to beat back the punches she landed on him via those ads.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:53:20 PM PDT

    •  The national tea party wanted Neumann, but the (0+ / 0-)

      local people didn't like him because he ran against Walker. They wanted Hovde, I think.

      Thompson seems to say what he thinks, like "I'm going to sit down with the other side", and I don't think he agrees with the Tea Party on everything.

      Tammy is still more likely to represent us better. Thompson wants to cut programs, Tammy wants to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, Education.

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (0+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:20:34 PM PDT

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