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Sep 21, 201511:51 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Russ Feingold is tanned, rested, and ready, says ‘The Corporation That Speaks’

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But first, will Scott Walker still be a candidate when the Republican presidential debate stop in Wisconsin is held in November? CNN now puts an asterisk after Walker’s name, posting him at less than 1% support along with other after school-special candidates Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

The flip-flopping on immigration hurt but not as much as disappearing on stage at last week’s debate at Ronnie Reagan World. Voters are looking for some snap, crackle, and pop. The indentured servants here at the Manor cheered after Walker jumped in to go after The Donald. After that flurry, he took a coffee break.

How does he get is mojo back? He changes the debate from immigration (me, too) and the Iran treaty (Cruz, Rubio, and Fiorina own that issue) and goes to Ferguson. Or Chicago, or Milwaukee. He speaks about the killing fields of America’s major cities and its cure: personal responsibility and the opportunity society. He does so arm in arm with conservative black leaders. Someone like Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, Larry Elder, or Niger Innis. Or all by his lonesome. There is unintimidated! (U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. are hosting a forum on poverty and opportunity in January.)

If Walker can hold on until the Iowa caucuses in February and do well there — say second or a strong third — he remains viable. Otherwise, I’m good with Carly (zooming to 15% behind The Donald’s 24%) and Marco. The bandwagon and the sinking ship effects, I fear, are real.

Meanwhile, a for-profit corporation is donating thousands of dollars worth of in-kind contributions to a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate without reporting to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board.

“The Corporation That Speaks as If It Were an Individual” promoted Russ Feingold’s campaign with a puff piece last week entitled, “He’s ready.” And, after nearly six years, tanned and rested.

Anyone who knows anything about politics [in other words, John Nichols] will tell you that writing and teaching and traveling to remote corners of the world is an unlikely strategy for staging an electoral comeback. It is true that Feingold, who as a kid hung out at the Democratic booth at the Rock County Fair, remained somewhat engaged with politics — protesting Walker’s anti-union initiatives, co-chairing President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign … [Yeah, that’s not being involved in politics], and traveling the state and country on behalf of Progressives United [no politics?], the group he founded to challenge corporate influence on politics and policy.

In other words, he kept his campaign team on the payroll to gear up for the election rematch.


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Sep 21, 2015 01:42 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, I'd take your caterwauling about the Capital Times a little more seriously if you ever criticized any of the media whose nose is so the pocket of Walker and the state GOP, like the Journal Sentinal, Gannet, etc. As for Russ, the poor guy doesn't have a family business given to him by his father-in-law, whose coffers he can raid to pay for a campaign...uh, excuse me, to pay himself "deferred compensation" (as determined by...him) that happened to equal what he paid for his campaign. RoJo's actions were "perfectly legal," you'll say. So were Feingold's. So what's your point about his PAC? I'll bet every person that donated is happy with how the money was spent. I am. More importantly, I'll stack Feingold's ethics against your guy's any day of the week.

Sep 21, 2015 01:53 pm
 Posted by  John

Wow, another recycled, old, white, Beltway insider in Feingold. Hey Dems, your irrelevance is showing.

Sep 21, 2015 02:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Jesus. Alan Keyes? Herman Cain? There's nothing that would say "unintimidated" less than Walker spending time with conservatives even loonier than himself.

I bet Walker will be on his way to Ferguson though to show how "unintimidated" he is just as soon as his handlers can determine if there's a nice network of underground tunnels for him to traverse, so as best to avoid the very people he's so "unintimidated" by.

If there's one thing Scott Walker is good at, it's recycling the same tired strategies, stories and tropes ad nauseam.

Sep 21, 2015 05:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


what happened to your golden boy?

Sep 21, 2015 05:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

go Feingold !!!!!!!!!!

Sep 22, 2015 04:56 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Cue the Solidarity Whiners........Dang! Too late.

Seriously, Russ is, by all accounts an honorable guy but who else do the Dems have to run anywhere. No one............ as far as the eye can see.

Sep 22, 2015 07:55 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Sounds like Feingold owes Madison Newspapers, Inc., about $500,000 for that ad.

Sep 22, 2015 08:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

na nana na na na na hey hey good bye.


Talk about having egg on your face.

Back to attacking Madison liberals I guess?


Sep 22, 2015 09:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

unintimidated? Except for by Trump!!

Sep 22, 2015 09:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


"not a pauper among them". Nonsense. Your lack or historical knowledge and aversion toward research is showing again.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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