Does Tammy Baldwin deserve a second term in the U.S. Senate?
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No, because below a congenial surface, Baldwin is pretty out there.
By David Blaska
Somehow, Tammy Baldwin managed to convince Wisconsin voters six years ago that four-term governor Tommy Thompson of Elroy, son of a small-town grocer, was a carpetbagger working out of a K-Street lobbyist’s office in Washington, D.C.
My old boss had exhausted his treasury fending off deep-pocketed primary opponents and could not respond. Tammy and her surrogates will throw the same kind of shade against Republican opponent Leah Vukmir. Don’t underestimate Tammy Baldwin, a congenial personality but sharp-elbowed politician who sub contracts her dirty work to surrogates.
The Capital Times of Madison (“Your Progressive Voice”) has already vilified Vukmir as “a career politician.”
This would be the same Leah Vukmir who walked hospital floors for more than 20 years as a certified pediatric nurse. Leah entered politics only at age 44 when first elected to the state legislature in 2002.
By contrast, Tammy Baldwin started clambering up the greasy political pole just three years out of law school.
Tammy earned her 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood by supporting unrestricted abortion now, today, and forever. Leah compiled a perfect voting record according to Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life. Motherhood can do that.
Tammy positions herself as the veteran’s best friend, the Tomah V.A. scandal notwithstanding. Leah’s son is an active-duty soldier.
Tammy is considered the most liberal U.S. senator running in a state that Trump won — the only one to support Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, which the Mercatus Center prices at $32 trillion over 10 years.
Tammy Baldwin cheered on Segway Boy and Thistle during the 2011 takeover of the Wisconsin Capitol. Leah Vukmir endured death threats supporting Act 10.
Tammy opposed Brett Kavanaugh on moral grounds but supported Hillary Clinton, Bubba’s most visceral enabler.
Finally, Tammy voted against Paul Ryan’s tax cuts; Leah voted for Scott Walker’s tax cuts. How’s the economy doing these days?
David Blaska is a Madison columnist and blogger. Find his blog at davidblaska.com.
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