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Coming Soon to a TV in Wisconsin Near You

(Via Politico)

Seems a liberal group believes they can convince Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold to either change the Senate Health Care Bill — the very one he just voted to pass — to include a public option in the Conference committee.

Wishful thinking is so nice when it’s liberals wasting money from TV ads on pipe dreams.

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PPP Polling: Feingold Would Beat Thompson

I have some issues with the polling — mainly that it took place over a weekend, which is never a good time to get a solid poll sample — but expect this to be the headline all over Wisconsin political websites as Public Policy Polling (PPP) out of North Carolina says that as of this past weekend, Russ Feingold leads former Governor Tommy Thompson in a theoretical Senate match-up.

Democrats are having to work harder than expected to defend a lot of their Senate seats in 2010, but it doesn’t look like Wisconsin will be one of them.

Russ Feingold leads former Governor Tommy Thompson 50-41 in a possible match up.  He takes 88% of the Democratic vote to Thompson’s 82% of the Republican vote and also holds a 47-41 lead with independents.

Thompson no longer has the popularity that propelled him to four terms as Governor.  45% of voters in the state have an unfavorable opinion of him to just 38% who view him positively. Even 25% of Republicans view him negatively and he has little crossover support, with just 17% of Democrats saying they have a favorable opinion of him.

Feingold’s numbers are almost a mirror image with 45% of voters approving of his job performance to 37% who disapprove. Feingold also holds solid leads against a couple of minor Republican candidates- 47-32 over Dave Westlake and 48-34 over Terrence Wall.

Last month, a poll by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute put this match-up as Thompson 43 – Feingold 39; I forget what the numbers in a Feingold-Westlake and Feingold-Wall match-up were.  The inconsistency of the polling only means more polling is probably coming down the road.

At this time, I have a hard time buying the numbers because 1) It’s a Democratic Polling firm, so you have to always put whoever is the partisan-leaning entity into account, and 2) weekend polling traditionally tends to lean-heavily to Democrats.  That’s not to say they aren’t correct, but it’s hard to believe that 25% of Wisconsin Republicans now disapprove of Tommy Thompson.  If anything, that’s likely them venting their frustration with the constant media self-aggrandizing Thompson seems to be doing with his Hamlet act of “Will I run for another office again?”

(For my money, it’s unlikely he’s running for anything.  Tommy just likes the attention.)

I’ve been going over the rest of the PPP results issued today, and while the Thompson news will make headlines; if I were a Democrat, I’d be worried, because these are not the results you want to be seeing twelve months out from the mid-term elections.  I’ll hope to have a post on that later on.


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The Hill: Poll Shows Tommy Thompson Leading Feingold in Senate Match-up

He keeps telling anyone who will put a mic in front of him that he has one campaign left in him.  Will this poll — by WPRI and UW-Madison’s Ken Goldstein — be enough to spark that campaign?

Only Tommy Thompson knows that answer.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) won’t be on anybody’s target list unless things get pretty bad for Democrats, but a new poll shows the right candidate could at least have a shot at beating him.

The poll, which was conducted by University of Wisconsin professor Ken Goldstein for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, shows former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) leading Feingold 43-39 in a head-to-head matchup. Thompson hasn’t shown interest in running against Feingold, though, and his inclusion in the poll represents something of a best-case-scenario for Republicans.

In contrast, Feingold polled double-digit leads over Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and former Rep. Mark Green (R-Wis.) in June.

Feingold has never taken more than 55 percent of the vote in three races, but he’s not generally thought of as a top potential target. Now that Republicans have apparently landed Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) to run in that state, perhaps they will try to get candidates in races against Feingold and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).

And since it’s been brought up in a recent Dan Bice column, yeah I’ll put myself in that  list of conservative bloggers who’ve said things about Tommy Thompson.  Most of them have been about polls like this, which highlight Thompson being a strong candidate for one of Wisconsin’s two Senate seats and then when asked about running, he hems and haws about possibly doing it, mentions other candidates and then does nothing.

Frankly, I’m sick of the political dick tease from the man; and pollsters need to stop giving him the ammo to do this to Wisconsin Republicans every two years unless for once, he’s finally serious about running.

ADDENDUM: That being said, if he does run this time, “Good I say.”  This is one time I’d like to be wrong about Tommy Thompson and would gladly eat crow over.

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Russ Feingold: Protectionist

Great editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal on what the state’s Junior Senator is doing to make the already horrific Cap and Trade bill worse.

Democrats including U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin are risking a trade war over climate change.

That’s the wrong approach.

Tariffs are not the answer to global warming or to Wisconsin’s manufacturing woes — especially now, when the economy is showing signs of recovery.

Encouraging more trade will boost U.S. exports and grow the American jobs of the future.

Feingold recently joined fellow Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Sherrod Brown of Ohio in pushing for tariffs on products from countries that fail to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The senators want to add the trade barriers to legislation that would create a cap-and-trade system on the emission of greenhouse gases.

Cap and trade, if designed well, has some merit. It could create an open market in which power plants and factories could buy and sell permits for the right to emit pollution linked to global warming. Over time, the cap would decline to reduce heat-trapping gasses.
But the Midwest could be hurt more than other regions by higher energy prices. That’s because Wisconsin is a manufacturing state that gets much of its energy from coal — a fossil fuel that produces high emissions.

Feingold is right to worry about higher energy prices. Unfortunately, the senator’s solution — erecting barriers to trade with countries such as China and India — would only make matters worse.

Countries hurt by our tariffs would undoubtedly respond with barriers of their own. That would undermine any benefit for Wisconsin manufacturers here while hurting their ability to sell products abroad.

President Barack Obama has said he opposes a tariff provision in the climate bill. So do many key Democrats and Republicans in the climate-change debate.

The president and his allies on the issue should reject Feingold’s protectionist move.

Feingold would be best serving his constituents if he was trying to actually open up markets for manufacturers to export to; not finding ways in which other nations can retaliate against the United States.

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We’ve Found the One Man Feingold Won’t Call Out (Apparently)

Remember when Russ Feingold was pushing this in February?

Ninety-six years ago, voters won the constitutional right to choose their own senators. But in all but four states, the governor decides who will fill the seat after a vacancy. Now, there’s a drive in Congress for a constitutional amendment requiring a special election to fill a Senate vacancy.

The push comes in the wake of several recent Senate shake-ups — most prominently, the controversy surrounding President Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

In December, federal authorities arrested Rod Blagojevich, then-governor of Illinois, and accused him of trying to sell Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. At a news conference the same day, Dick Durbin, Illinois’ other senator, declared there was only one way out: “I think the Illinois General Assembly should enact a law as quickly as possible calling for a special election.”

Here’s why a new law would be needed: The assembly, like 45 other state legislatures, long ago gave its governor the exclusive power to fill Senate vacancies. The option to bestow such power is part of the 17th Amendment, the same one that provides for the direct election of senators.

Illinois lawmakers did not pass a special election law, but they did impeach Blagojevich — though not before he appointed Roland Burris to the Senate. Burris is now struggling to hang on to his new job; earlier this week, he pleaded in Chicago for understanding after admitting he tried to raise money for Blagojevich while seeking the Senate appointment.

“I ask you … to stop the rush to judgment,” he said. “You know the real Roland. I’ve done nothing wrong, and I have absolutely nothing to hide.”

Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold says “enough is enough.” He wants every state to do as Wisconsin has done: fill Senate vacancies only by special election.

“It’s time to put the power to replace senators where it belongs — with the people,” he says. “That’s the way it’s been for the House since the Constitution was written, and I don’t think the Senate should be any different.”

To make special elections the law of the land, Feingold is proposing what would be the Constitution’s 28th Amendment. Joining him are several prominent House Republicans, including the former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Wisconsin’s James Sensenbrenner.

“Elected senators have a mandate from the people,” Sensenbrenner says. “Appointed senators have a mandate from one person: the governor. And in terms of effective representation in the Senate, you’ve got a lot more clout if you were sent there by the people, rather than having a friend who happened to be governor at the time.”

It appears, the news yesterday of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) asking the Massachuestts State Legislature to change his states laws (currently now a special election after Democratic worries in 2004 Republican Governor Mitt Romney was going to replace Sen. John Kerry with a member of the GOP if he was elected President) from a special election back to a governor’s replacement pick has seen no such statement from Feingold.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, terminally ill with brain cancer, has asked state legislative leaders to change the law and let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a temporary replacement upon the senator’s death.

Under current law, the seat would be vacant until a special election could be held 145 to 160 days later. But Senator Kennedy, a 77-year-old Democrat, wrote in a letter to the governor and leaders of the legislature that he wanted Massachusetts to have full representation in the Senate during that five-month period.


Until 2004, state law called for the governor to appoint a temporary replacement if a Senate seat became vacant. But when Senator John Kerry, a Democrat, was running for president that year, the Democratic-controlled state legislature wanted to deny the governor at the time — Mitt Romney, a Republican — the power to name a successor if Mr. Kerry won.

In his letter, Mr. Kennedy wrote that he supported the 2004 law, but he added, “I also believe it is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election.”

Mr. Kennedy also asked that Mr. Patrick “obtain, as a condition of appointment of the interim Senator, an explicit personal commitment not to become a candidate in the special election.”

Anyone else think of the name “Benjamin A. Smith” when Kennedy asked for the place-holder specifically not become a candidate in the special election?  Historical buffs will remember him as JFK’s roommate at Harvard he had as his successor to his Senate seat when he was elected President in 1960.  Ted, then 28 or 29, was too young to serve in the Senate and had to wait for the 1962 Special Election to win the seat outright.

History has reduced Smith to the butt of jokes as “the Kennedy Brothers’ Seat-Warmer.”

Kennedy is no doubt creating another scenario in which the Massachusetts Senate seat will have another “Seat-Warmer” until the Kennedy-family approved candidate — likely Ted’s own wife Victoria — can win the seat in the 2010 or 2012 election.

The reason why I raise this question is that Feingold is notorious for not letting his pet-projects die, let alone get railroaded in the process.  Is Russ Feingold — a notorious caucus bickerer — going to just let Ted Kennedy’s own personal demands that his Senate seat become some sort of “family heirloom” only he can pick and choose should fill it?

Who knows, but this was one heck of a floor speech by Feingold in February.  Hate to see it go to waste.

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