Senator: Russ or Ron?

Former WI Senator Russ Feingold (D) is working on the overthrow, peaceful though it may be, of sitting WI Senator Ron Johnson, (R).  The liberals see this as a way to reassert their party in Wisconsin politics.  The Dems have had some hard times in the recent past; these things seem to be almost cyclical.  We seem to feel that we need a change once in a while just to keep the other party honest.

This race promises to be a tough one for both people.  Given its tie-in with a Presidential election, there will be a lot of votes cast.  That tends to make such state races less predictable since many of the voters are those once-every-four-year voters who are less predictable than the voters who are there every election day, the real die-hards.  A choice between Hillary or Bernie by the Democrats will help set the tone for this race.  Also, a choice between Donald or anyone else by the Republicans will affect the tone.

There is a distinct contrast between the two Wisconsin candidates.  Feingold is a staunch liberal Democrat and Johnson has proved to be a staunch conservative Republican Senator. It would be almost impossible to find two better-defined individuals to compete against each other.  Of course, there almost has to be the ‘rich Republican’ vs. ‘every-man Democrat’ line of attack, and that is very visible already.  That pejorative distinction is blurred though since former Senator Feingold seems to have done very well for himself since leaving office. This leads to the famous/infamous ‘kettle calling the pot black’ comparison and we can count on that being used regularly during this campaign. Interestingly, Feingold’s campaign seems to be the origin of that line of attack in this race obviously since he seeks the ‘everyman’ vote, and believes he can cast Johnson as a multi-millionaire businessman that everybody knows is just a senator to make himself feel more important, as well as to further the Republican quest for total dominance of the political scene.

The ‘rich Republican’ vs. ‘every-man Democrat’ line of attack is visible already.  That pejorative distinction is blurred though since former senator Feingold seems to have done very well for himself since leaving office. This leads to the famous/infamous ‘kettle calling the pot black’ comparison and we can count on that being used regularly during this campaign.  Not surprisingly, Feingold’s campaign is the origin of that line of attack in this race since he seeks the ‘everyman’ vote, and hopes he can cast Johnson as a multi-millionaire businessman that everybody knows is just a senator to make himself feel more important, as well as to further the Republican quest for total dominance of the political scene.

Finally, we have to remember that ogre, Scott Walker, the Republican sitting Governor of Wisconsin.  He is the target of significant, albeit undeserved, animosity by Democrats.  So that will be in the background of this race, as well.  This one requires that we stayed tuned to learn the outcome.

 

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