When I was a kid “Back to the Future” came out, and was an instant 80’s classic. American’s enjoyed the adventures of Marty McFly traveling back in time to 1955, then to 2015-when the Cubs win the World Series- before heading back to 1855, and finally the movie’s end when Marty returns to 1985. What a ride!
Today, politicos are firing up the DeLorean to head back in time to 1992! Clinton vs. Bush for the Presidency and a guy named Russ Feingold is going to challenge the incumbent Republican Senator. Now all we need is “Saved by the Bell” and “The Real Ghostbusters” to make a return to Saturday morning TV.
That said, I don’t believe Bush would select Dan Quayle as his running mate, ditto for Mrs. Clinton selecting Al Gore, but maybe Barack Obama will start wearing colorful balloon pants to inform Americans that he’s “too legit to quit!”
Is Russ Feingold really the Frontrunner?
Yes! This election should be a cakewalk for Russ Feingold, after all Wisconsin hasn’t elected a Republican to the senate during a presidential election since “Landslide” Bob Kasten squeaked out a win over Gaylord Nelson in 1980.
Wisconsin now has two electorates. The first electorate is the electorate that votes in every election. They’re well informed and passionate about issues, they lean Republican, having elected a Republican Governor in 1978, 86, 90, 94, 98, 10, 14, and twice elected a Republican Senator in 1986 and 2010.
The second electorate is the electorate that votes only in presidential elections, and usually only votes for the first two or so offices on the ballot. These voters are low information-getting their news from TMZ, and the Daily Show. They’re not all that passionate about the issues, have never read the Constitution, don’t know American history, and need to be reminded to get out of bed, put on pants, and go vote; but they do vote, and these voters do seem to know which political party will give them other people’s stuff; and they vote accordingly-overwhelming Democratic- and that’s why since 1988 Wisconsin has been a solid blue state, having voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992-96, Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004, and President Obama in 2008-12.
In 2008 Democrats won everything here, and in 2012 Democrats did well enough to elect Tammy Baldwin into the senate.
Assuming the low information voters stop by to vote on their way home from cashing the disability check while buying Cheetos and beer with a SNAP card paid for by us working folk, Feingold should have no problem winning.
Does Ron Johnson work too hard?
Yes, and that’s not good!
A huge problem for Senator Ron Johnson is he’s been a busy and effective senator, and in Wisconsin we hate that! Sure, we tell pollsters we want a “maverick” who’s going to Washington to “shake things up” and try to “fix” Washington, but the truth is we Wisconsinites hate it.
Historically, Wisconsinites prefer senators like Herb Kohl, Gaylord Nelson and William Proxmire, men who spent decades in Washington without any tangible accomplishments to their names. We seem to like Senator Tammy Baldwin, who literally did nothing to help when she learned about opiate abuses at the Tomah VA Center, and then when the scandal broke, Baldwin fired a staffer and paid her hush money to stay quiet!
Has there been any negative fallout to Baldwin? No!
In Wisconsin, we’re actually pretty cool with senators doing nothing.
Can Feingold blow it?
Yes! Feingold’s taking his election back to the senate for granted, that’s why he announced his run for Wisconsin’s Senate seat from California! Feingold then flew to Wisconsin to address the Democrat Party’s state convention, before heading back to California, where he will teach at Stanford for the fall semester, as he prioritizes hanging with rich Californians, over listening to working Wisconsinites!
I can’t say I blame him, for if he was talking with Wisconsinites he may be asked uncomfortable questions, like:
“Why were you the deciding vote for Obamacare?” “Why do you think it’s okay to abort a baby on its birthday?” or the really uncomfortable, “So you’re a lying crapweasel when it comes to campaign finance reform?”
Feingold’s PAC Scandal
Mr. Clean Government, Mr. Campaign Finance Reform, was lining his pockets, and his closest advisor’s pockets, from the coffers of his Political Action Committee (PAC) titled “Progressives United.”
“Progressives United” was set up by Feingold in 2011, shortly after losing his Senate seat, with the aim of “directly and indirectly supporting candidates who stand up for our progressive ideals.”
As first reported by Dan Bice for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, we learned the PAC did very little to support progressive candidates for office, less than 5% of the expenses supported candidates, but did a lot to take care of Feingold and his cronies, who manipulated the PAC.
Feingold staffers were given no show jobs with big salaries and good benefits; a way for Feingold to keep his people on “retainer.” The PAC was used to buy copies of Feingold’s unreadable book, pay for Feingold’s extensive travel, luxury hotel stays, and high dollar restaurant stops.
All perfectly legal, if not a bit scummy, but it’s really scummy when your career and reputation are built on being “Mr. McCain-Feingold” campaign finance reform, and getting money out of politics while outlawing PAC’s.
Russ Feingold, a holier than thou, sanctimonious hypocrite!
The question for 2016 is, will any of these issues matter with a presidential election turnout?
Let’s be honest here, if taxpayers are providing you with ObamaCare, an ObamaPhone, a SNAP card, a disability check, subsidized housing-with air conditioning, or free college, are you gonna vote for the Republican talking about personal responsibility, or for Feingold, who’ll give you more, more, MORE!?
It’s Feingold’s race to lose.
Rohn W. Bishop is a monthly contributor to the Scene. A former member of the Waupun City Council, Bishop has served as treasurer for the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County since 2011
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