Sep 21, 201511:51 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
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.