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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Wishful Thinking

I was just reading George Ott's column in the Milwaukee Journal Sential. The title "Feingold-Clinton Contest Brewing", is in my never humble opinion, way overblown.

Folks from the Dairlyland would like to think that Russ Feingold has some kind of chance in the wide open race for the Democratic nomination in 2008. I hate to blow up their bubble, but he doesn't. In fact, I think he's probably going to be lucky to make it to Super Tuesday before he bows out.

Russ will attract the far left crowd of Dennis Kucinich, but his own voting record and soundbites won't attract the middle of the road democrats that are necessary to win primaries. Of course, Ott thinks Hillary Clinton is staking out that ground. Don't worry, there will be plenty of right leaning 527's to point out the truth about her. Though I think they will hold on on being too tough unless she wraps the nomination very early. I think many of them would prefer her as the candidate in November '08.

No, George, the fight will be between Hillary and Mark Warner. Tim Kaine, in the Democratic response to the State of the Union started laying the ground work for Warner, by telling America how their state had "worked together" over the last five years. Feingold will be on the outside looking in.

Russ has something else working against him, Wisconsin. Don't take it wrong Cheeseheads, I love my home state. But the national media doesn't love you as anything other than the home of Lambeau and possibly a battle ground state.

Warner from Virginia brings the Democrats more electoral votes, and has the reputation as a Democrat who delivered a Red State. Russ can claim that he's a Democrat who hasn't lost in a blue state. Which do you think is more attractive to the national leaders?

Russ is a party favorite right now because he's keeping the left end of the party involved. When it comes time to win elections though, I think even Dean and Co. will realize that end of the party won't deliver the big prize, and suddenly fall in love with Warner.

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7Comments:

Blogger Steven Tucker said...

The Democrats need a real leader. Someone from the South. Someone with a clean record.

I would LOVE to see Feingold run. I'd love to see Hillary run. But can there be any doubt that it will be Hillary?

2:36 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I'm familiar with Russ Feingold and he doesn't have a prayer of winning.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Alabama said...

Thanks for something to think about.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Steven, I think there can be plenty of doubt it will be her. The far left doesn't like her, and the middle thinks she's faking being a centrist.

Add that to the fact that she's got the most negative numbers of any democrat with independents and republicans, she'd be a disaster. She just doesn't realize it.

LMC- Russ has that same problem most senators do, lots of votes. To his credit he's stayed pretty true to his roots. But those roots aren't going to attract the crossovers he needs.

Bama=you are welcome it's what I get paid for... Wait, I do this for free. hmmmm

7:38 AM  
Blogger Robosquirrel said...

Always seems like the sane left is the bane of the loony left. They're quiet, but they're the majority of liberal voters, not the Greenpeace/Code Pink/Sorry Everybody crowd.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Yeah the Dems have a masquerade party going on right now with Warner....especially him coming across with his first line of his speech after the State of the Union Address...proclaiming his faith in God. Not that I am one to doubt that, but it is all part of their strategy to try to lure people over to their side. It is all a smoke screen orchestrated by the far lefties that set this up to begin with for Warner to speak.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Robo- I feel bad for the folks in that party that actually do have decent ideas, because they can't be heard.

Suzie, it was Kaine who gave the speech, but he was Warner's Lt. Gov. His speech was designed to make Warner look centrist.

10:01 PM  

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