The GOP is very well on its way to a sweep of the races in Virginia for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General (There’s some talk of retaking the state’s lower House of the legislature too.), but this just beyond the pale.
In the wake of Gov. Jim Doyle’s decision not to seek a third term in office, a former Wisconsin governor isn’t ruling out a run for an unprecedented fifth term.
When asked about another possible run for governor Wednesday night, Tommy Thompson almost sounded disappointed that Doyle wasn’t running for a third term.
“You know Jim Doyle and I have never really gotten along, and I would have liked to run if Jim Doyle was running for re-election. (It’d be) much more of a challenge, and much more of a motivation for me, if Jim Doyle was the candidate,” Thompson said.But at the same time, the fact that Doyle won’t be running isn’t leading Thompson to completely rule out the possibility of running for the state’s highest office once again.
Thompson said that at 67, he isn’t done just yet.
“I always tell people I’ve got one more campaign in me, and I don’t know what it’s going to be. Is it going to be mayor of Elroy? Is it going to be the United States Senate? Is it going to be governor? Whatever the case may be, I feel I’ve got one more good strong campaign still within me, and I still love politics,” Thompson said. “I’m still very much involved, and I’m not saying ‘no,’ I’m just saying, ‘We’ll listen, and we’ll talk.’”
Thompson has slowly become the Wisconsin version of The Rolling Stones. Every few years, he’ll tour (or in this case get in front of a camera at WISC 3 in Madison), talk about running for something, and then do nothing. It creates a headline or two, causes the blood pressure of a bunch of people to rise, force others to chuckle, and make A LOT of Wisconsinites realize the 90s were a long, long time ago.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Is Tommy Thompson going to run for anything? No. Why is he on TV talking about it then? Because he thinks we might forget him.
Via Memeorandum, which links to a criticism by Greg Sargent of a minor aspect of this ad. The major thing I’m seeing here a very effective ad for the Republican Party. Of course, you can’t beat something with nothing. The Republicans need more than the fact that the Democrats are scary. But the ad resonated with me. Now, Al Franken as the face of that scariness may be a bit silly. And, actually, I don’t think you need to go all emotive to get the desired effect. I think I’d be more scared by a straightforward presentation of facts, recited by a sober voiceover, and no music at all.
I agree with Althouse on having Franken as the ‘face of that scariness;’ however, he is the face of 60 Senators, which is what I believe the NRSC is trying to accomplish with that image. That being said, the NRSC — which will no doubt be followed by similar web ads by their House counterpart, the NRCC and the RNC itself — has now laid out the fact many Democrats know and fear: They control it all, and now they’re going to get blamed for it.
Every bill out of Washington, is now totally under their control and can be shaped in whatever way they want. No wonder a poll like this came out last week, and was almost entirely ignored by the MSM.
Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. voters say it’s better for the country if the White House and Congress are each run by a different political party.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and say it’s better to have one political party running both branches of government, as is currently the case, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But slightly more (28%) aren’t sure which is best.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major political party say it’s better for America to have the White House and Congress run by different parties.
Since Democrats now control the presidency and both houses of Congress, it’s not surprising that they disagree, but they’re far more closely divided than one might expect. While 39% of Democratic voters think rule by one party is best, 27% like the idea of divided government, and 34% are undecided.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of populist or Mainstream America say it’s better for the country to have the White House and Congress in the hands of different parties, but the Political Class is evenly divided on the question.
The National GOP has a chance to build its message on a simple fact: Democrats will need a check.
It will be up to them to then have the candidates, the messaging, and then the track record to do just that if given the opportunity to lead in Washington (and in Madison as well) to do just that.