Will Feingold face a challenge from Tommy Thompson?

posted at 3:45 pm on January 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Until this year, Russ Feingold appeared to have a secure hold on his Senate seat from Wisconsin, despite being significantly more liberal than his state’s voters.   Feingold had earned their support for his plain spoken style and his occasional bipartisan forays — one of which bit the dust today as blatantly unconstitutional.  However, given the hostile reception Feingold has received at town-hall meetings, Wisconsin voters may be ready for a change — and Tommy Thompson could end the tenure of the Senate’s most liberal member:

In a brief interview Wednesday about the possibility of a Senate run this year, Thompson, a Republican, would only say: “I’m not saying no.”

The former governor mused last fall about a potential gubernatorial or Senate run, but if he does mount a campaign this year, it’s now almost certain to be a run against Feingold.

A Thompson-Feingold contest could become one of the country’s marquee matchups. Republicans have so far been unable to recruit a top-tier challenger to take on Feingold, who is one of the body’s most liberal senators.

That Thompson is seriously weighing a bid against Feingold illustrates how promising Republicans believe this November could be for the party. Following Scott Brown’s shocking win Tuesday in the Massachusetts special Senate election and victories in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial contests last November, GOP officials believe it will become easier to woo potential candidates.

Chalk this up to Scott Brown’s amazing victory in Massachusetts this week.  Suddenly, every state is now in play, a dismaying prospect for Democrats who assumed that Barack Obama’s easy victory in 2008 wold translate to a generational majority:

The Republican victory in Massachusetts has sent a wave of fear through the halls of the Senate, with moderate and liberal Democrats second-guessing their party’s agenda — and worrying that they’ll be the next victims of voters’ anger.

“If there’s anybody in this building that doesn’t tell you they’re more worried about elections today, you absolutely should slap them,” said Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). …

Several Democratic incumbents said later that none of the 19 Democratic seats up this year are safe — and that fundamental parts of the agenda need to be re-examined to win over voters back home.

“Every state is now in play,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who faces the toughest reelection battle of her career — most likely against wealthy Republican Carly Fiorina.

Brown’s victory showed that there is great opportunity for Republicans to advance.  In an open market, supply will follow demand, which means that top-drawer recruits will be easier to find for both the House and Senate races in 2010. We’re going to see a flood of Republican hopefuls in House races, and current House Republicans taking aim at Senate seats.

Thompson would be a key recruit in this effort.  Thompson had widespread popularity as a Wisconsin governor, serving for fourteen years in the top spot before moving into the Bush administration.  He had eyed another shot at the governor’s seat, but is better suited to run against Feingold and to take advantage of the damage the 111th Congress has done to his standing.

Meanwhile, Patrick Hynes looks at the Massachusetts Effect in New Hampshire for the Daily Caller:

The nation’s politicians and political operatives are noodling what Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s victory on Tuesday means for the political climate in their states. My guess is that the reality is there are too many variables for most states to draw a clean comparison analogy. But the Bay State’s neighbor to the north, New Hampshire, may present the most compelling analogy. And that’s bad news for the Democrats.

Voters in New Hampshire and Massachusetts have traditionally been polar opposites. “Taxachusetts” has earned the contempt of Live Free or Die skinflints. But over the past two election cycles (and signs of this can be traced further back), New Hampshire Democrats have been in the ascent and the political climates of these two New England states have, at times, become very similar.

The entire southern boundary of New Hampshire borders Massachusetts and many of the towns on either side are indistinguishable. Tens of thousands of families whose income earners work in Massachusetts nevertheless set up house on the New Hampshire side of the border to take advantage of tax benefits. These areas represent some of the fastest growing communities in New Hampshire. A majority of the state’s population lives in two counties that border Massachusetts, which are occasionally derided as “Massachusetts North.”

Expect to see recruitment for elections explode in the Granite State.


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Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Go for it, Tommy.

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

So he has twice that of feingold.

lorien1973 on January 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I so miss him as governor. Go Tommy!

JediArashi on January 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

This is Wisconsin we are talking about…..

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

He has proven to be a state-wide winner, go Tommy. IL may go red this fall too. I see red (and I am not talking about the federal ledger sheet)!

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Senate’s most liberal member:

I always thought of Feingold as reliably liberal, but the most liberal Senator? More than Boxer, Sanders, Schumer, Durbin?

jwolf on January 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM

“. . .we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall fight in Wisconsin; we shall never surrender . . .”

Emperor Norton on January 21, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Hey hey hey, be nice now…we Wisconsinites aren’t THAT bland!

JediArashi on January 21, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Why doesn’t Brett Favre run. Wait, what?

/channeling Marcia

txag92 on January 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM

we Wisconsinites aren’t THAT bland!

JediArashi on January 21, 2010 at 3:52 PM

and have some of the best cheese around. Seriously

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I thought the SCOTUS just ruled Feingold un-Constitutional and threw him out? Why’s he still hanging around?

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 3:54 PM

He may have been a wonderful Governor, but he doesn’t seem very, um, vibrant.

Oink on January 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Wow! Everyone is still mad at Booooooosh!

Caper29 on January 21, 2010 at 3:56 PM

NO!!! Go for Governor. Everyone running is a joke and after Doyle, this state really needs the help

Doctor Zhivago on January 21, 2010 at 3:57 PM

every state is now in play,

theme for 2010…

yeah baby!

cmsinaz on January 21, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Tommy Thompson, haven’t heard that guys name in a coon’s age. (No, that isn’t a racist comment.)

MarkTheGreat on January 21, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

He looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy in that photo.

But hey, anyone with some conservative credentials who might have a chance at unseating Feingold gets a thumbs up from me.

UltimateBob on January 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM

He may have been a wonderful Governor, but he doesn’t seem very, um, vibrant.

Oink on January 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

He’s just a no fuss, no muss keep your head down and do some work type of person.

Also, he never really comes off as well as he should be when it comes to doing media, but he will blow you away when you meet him face to face. Great sense of humor, extremely nice and knows what’s up.

Doctor Zhivago on January 21, 2010 at 4:03 PM

If the Republican have a good showing this Nov. (and I expect them to) you can expect another bumper crop of top teir candidates to declare their intentions for 2012 as well.

I include state and local elections as well.

MarkTheGreat on January 21, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Too bad there aren’t any strong female candidates up in cheese land. OR are there?

SouthernGent on January 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

We’re talking Wisconsin here. Charisma is not required.

MarkTheGreat on January 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

It will be interesting to see if a bunch of rightie pols start popping up in Europe, too.

RushBaby on January 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

NO!!! Go for Governor. Everyone running is a joke and after Doyle, this state really needs the help

Doctor Zhivago on January 21, 2010 at 3:57 PM

C’mon, you are surrounded my MN, IL and MI. You have at least two states to pass up, IL and MI, to get the fricked-up state title in the midwest.

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Ole Tommy was a Big Government Republican. He bailed to go to Washington just before state spending started to off the rails. Oh, Amtrak is a pet of his, so Wisconsin would soon have lots of high-speed rail between Wisconsin Rapids and Green Bay, or Rhinelander and Monroe, or maybe between Berlin and New Berlin.

People like him, but he would be largely just more of the same.

Bob Waukesha, Wisc.

bob53186 on January 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Thompson ain’t as pretty or as articulate as Scott Brown, but he’s still well liked for the most part up there. Not as conservative as I like, but it IS Wisconsin.

Go Tommy!

TXUS on January 21, 2010 at 4:08 PM

C’mon, you are surrounded my MN, IL and MI. You have at least two states to pass up, IL and MI, to get the fricked-up state title in the midwest.

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

don’t care about the other states (except for the FIB transplants trying to turn Wisconsin into Illinois), only about Wisconsin. Thompson left the state in pretty good shape, only for Doyle to run it off the rails and into a dumpster

Doctor Zhivago on January 21, 2010 at 4:10 PM

The guy who should run is Paul Ryan, but I think he’s content to stay in Congress and bide his time for now.

I don’t live in Wisconsin any more but I grew up there. I think that at least two of the Congresscritters there are ripe for the picking, especially Kagan in WI-8, which is traditionally pretty conservative. Also, there’s a strong challenger for the poster child for term limits, Dave Obey in WI-7.

Hey Cheeseheads, any prospects for WI-3?

Mr. D on January 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM

I wonder if state races won’t swing hard this year as well, if from coat-tails alone. Here in Texas (where I am anyway), it’s mostly Republicans already at the national level, and many state offices, too. But for some folks in state districts being represented by Dems who’ve historically been ‘safe’, this might be a good year to oust those guys as well.

Midas on January 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Poor Democrats. This time last year it was the beginning of “a 40 year reign for Progressives”. Anyone seen Jimmy “Skull” Carville lately?

GarandFan on January 21, 2010 at 4:13 PM

WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN NEW YORK? HIRE SOMEBODY IN NY!!!!!!!!!!

promachus on January 21, 2010 at 4:13 PM

We can call this “The Scotty B. Effect”…

Seven Percent Solution on January 21, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I’d rather see Victor Newman or Katherine Chancellor run. Both live in Genoa City.

SouthernGent on January 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Well I got the s**t kicked out of me in Wisconsin once. Forget it!

/Russel Ziskey Russ Feingold

innominatus on January 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

“Anyone seen Jimmy “Skull” Carville lately?”

He’s running polls that show Dem doom.

ebrown2 on January 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM

don’t care about the other states
Doctor Zhivago on January 21, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Ahhhh…a good federalists. I like it!

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Ugh. No, please. He spent the state into the ground almost as bad as Doyle.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I’d say Mark Neumann, but he already got his ass handed to a decade ago.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

If the Republican have a good showing this Nov. (and I expect them to) you can expect another bumper crop of top teir candidates to declare their intentions for 2012 as well.

I include state and local elections as well.

MarkTheGreat on January 21, 2010 at 4:04 PM

If the Republicans have a good crop of Senate candidates in 2012, things could get ugly for the Democrats.

They’re defending something like 22 seats that year, which will make it hard for them to retain most of them, let alone challenging potentially vulnerable Republicans.

teke184 on January 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

bob53186 on January 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Ditto. People have fond memories of Tommy for welfare reform, but his record on spending was nothing to be proud of. At least Feingold is sincere about believing in big government.

Enrique on January 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Tommy Thompson would be a fantastic Senator.

wildcat84 on January 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I always thought as a state, Wisconsin was pretty liberal. Madison and Milwaukee, at least, and that’s a large percentage of the votes. I think in the north, not so much, but even there you get Obey in the NW, right?

stldave on January 21, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I’d say Mark Neumann, but he already got his ass handed to a decade ago.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Only by virtue of Tommy and the RPW abandoning him in order to accomodate Tommy’s drive to 60% in 1998.

steveegg on January 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Maybe, but people in Wisconsin elected him multiple times as governor – they like him. And he is a truly good man.

capitalist piglet on January 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

stldave on January 21, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Madison is the most liberal. Milwaukee also is, except for a good deal of the suburbs.

The northern part of Wisconsin is old-school blue collar union Dems. The southern half, apart from the cities, is pretty conservative. Ripon is actually the birthplace of the Republican Party.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

At least Feingold is sincere about believing in big government.

Enrique on January 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM

And that helps Wisconsin (and the country) how?

capitalist piglet on January 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Only by virtue of Tommy and the RPW abandoning him in order to accomodate Tommy’s drive to 60% in 1998.

steveegg on January 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Damn, good point. I wonder…

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

the last person from Wisconsin with charisma is now in Minnesota.

joepub on January 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

bob53186 on January 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Ditto. People have fond memories of Tommy for welfare reform, but his record on spending was nothing to be proud of. At least Feingold is sincere about believing in big government.

Enrique on January 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Tommy is George W. Bush (the later years) without any hint of social conservatism. That said, he would be vastly better than Feingold.

steveegg on January 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

A race between Thompson and Feingold would truly be an interesting race. I doubt either have many skeletons. And wow it would be good to get someone as serious as Thompson in there!

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

And Feingold is so much fun to listen to! I mean he’s a regular pied piper!

petunia on January 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The guy who should run is Paul Ryan, but I think he’s content to stay in Congress and bide his time for now.

Mr. D on January 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM

I agree that Paul Ryan should run for Senate or gov. Remaining in the house is a dead end for national office, unless he wants to be a veep pick.

Lou Budvis on January 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

You know, I’m willing to bet that ‘charisma’ doesn’t have the vote power it used to. I’m sick of hearing good candidates written off because they lack charisma. Obama is supposed to be the definition of charisma, and look what good it’s doing him now.

How about supporting someone because of their platform, their character and their record? Stuff charisma.

Ozwitch on January 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

And as for Tommy jumping in, the word to remember is “tease”.

steveegg on January 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

It will be interesting to see if a bunch of rightie pols start popping up in Europe, too.

RushBaby on January 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Like Merkel and Sarkozy?

petunia on January 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

It will be interesting to see if a bunch of rightie pols start popping up in Europe, too.

RushBaby on January 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM
Like Merkel and Sarkozy?

petunia on January 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Not to mention Berlusconi, even though some thug tried to bash his face in recently.

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Madison is the most liberal. Milwaukee also is, except for a good deal of the suburbs.

The northern part of Wisconsin is old-school blue collar union Dems. The southern half, apart from the cities, is pretty conservative. Ripon is actually the birthplace of the Republican Party.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Never lived there, but family is from the UP so I always take an interest in whats going on there….politically and especially with the Packers! I remember John Kerry going on about being at historic “Lambert Field”…and the guy still won the state (barely). I always thought you could look at a triangle between Wausau – Green Bay – Fond du lac area and get a pretty good indication of a Republicans chances.

I love the city of Madison, by the way….sure can smell the stench of liberalism there though. Congrats to you for fighting the good fight.

stldave on January 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I’d rather see his brother Ed take Russ’ seat

Ray Flicker on January 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

And beloved by the people of that freezing state…what he did to schools (first school choice system in the states), taxes, he is the one that can take Feingold down.
Whatever you think he is lacking in charisma, he was Gov. for more then a couple of years…he connects with the people, and very few negatives.
Feingold ain’t sleeping to well for the next couple of months.

right2bright on January 21, 2010 at 4:54 PM

every state is now in play

Don’t forget ND’s GOP Gov John Hoeven running for Dorgan’s current seat.
I hate to make predictions bcs God knows anything can happen.
But for God’s sake the teacher’s union in ND likes Hoeven.
I just don’t see how he can lose.

Badger40 on January 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Blast from the past – Thompson, Gephardt call for a deal this year (2009).

West Bend, we have a problem.

steveegg on January 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Tommy Thompson = zero charisma

anyone else?

jp on January 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Bcs of course to be a successful politician all you need is charisma. Those people are all qualified & righteous,right?
Pllbb!
Give me a break.
I am not so easily swayed by charisma-i.e. the 1st time I laid eyes on Clinton I knew he was untrustworthy.
I will take competency any day over charisma.

Badger40 on January 21, 2010 at 4:57 PM

A Thompson-Feingold contest could become one of the country’s marquee matchups. Republicans have so far been unable to recruit a top-tier challenger to take on Feingold, who is one of the body’s most liberal senators.

Tommy Thompson ran for the GOP Presidential nomination early in 2008, but sounded rather absent-minded during the debates, as if he was past his prime. Would he have the stamina and the presence of mind to campaign against Feingold, and debate him?

Brett Favre could probably win, but does he still live in Wisconsin? I thought that his non-football home was in Louisiana…

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Stuff charisma.

Ozwitch on January 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Ditto. Those people who care so much about it are full of nothing & are easily wowed.
They basically suck, IMHO.

Badger40 on January 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Not to mention Berlusconi, even though some thug tried to bash his face in recently.

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

I get the feeling that Berlusconi is the John Edwards of conservatives in Europe. I’m not claiming him he’s creepy, maybe he could join Tiger in that rehab place in Mississippi.

petunia on January 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I’d rather see his brother Ed take Russ’ seat

Ray Flicker on January 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Oh please. NOT.

capitalist piglet on January 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

bob53186 on January 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I agree with you 100%. I can’t remember it’s been a while but wasn’t there something about the Brewer’s stadium too. Tommy was ok, Paul is my congresscritter I’m not sure if I want to give him up. If Tommy will be a consertive republican I say fine as long as we can get rid of Feingold.

Brett Favre could probably win, but does he still live in Wisconsin? I thought that his non-football home was in Louisiana…

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I’m pretty sure it’s Mississippi. I think Brett sold his home in Green Bay after retiring.

Brat4life on January 21, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Brett Favre could probably win, but does he still live in Wisconsin? I thought that his non-football home was in Louisiana…

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I don’t think Brett Favre could win dog catcher in Wisconsin right now. He lives in Minnesota (where he plays), and his off-season home is Mississippi.

capitalist piglet on January 21, 2010 at 5:09 PM

T. Wall is running against Russell Bin Feingold.

psychocyber on January 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Thompson was an early and very successful advocate of welfare reform. We could use someone like that in the senate.

burt on January 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Not to fond of Tommy, but will settle if there are no other CONSERVATIVE in the race to take out Feingold!

hawkman on January 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

joepub on January 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Oh, that’s not nice. But it is funny.

notropis on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

And as for Feingold, he’s definitely my favorite ultra-lib. He’s actually pretty principled for an uber-lefty. And if he’d have listened to his mentor, Eugene McCarthy (Minnesota’s best ultra-lib — far more principled than that hypocrite, charlatan, and hectoring busybody Paul Wellstone), he never would have authored McCain-Feingold (McCarthy was adamantly opposed to all forms of campaign finance limitations, starting back with the one in the ’70s, which he may have actually voted for and regretted — I forget, preferring full openness and full disclosure.)

notropis on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

With all the talk about charisma, I feel it is appropriate to bring up a quote from one of my favorite game series, Metal Gear Solid:

“Gift of the silver tongue, they say it’s the mark of a good officer. And of a liar.”. — Revolver Ocelot

Or as I like to paraphrase it, particularly in the context of politicians, beware those with the gift of the silver tongue.

JediArashi on January 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Mr. D on January 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Reports from relatives is that Kind may be in trouble. He not polling well against the challenger.

Tommy don’t run for governor. I am hoping we get Scott Walker. He the Milwaukee County Supervisor that beleives in zero tax increases. A real consertative.

Also some have been begging Charley Sikes, local talk radio man and a real consertative to run against Finegold. Shoot, the adds write themselves with his eye rolling at the Health Care town halls and admiting people can talk but I am not listening. He has ticked off many in WI.

Gracelynn on January 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Thompson was fairly well liked as Governor by most, except in the Peoples Republic of Madison. Maybe Feingold can get Barry to come and stump for him too, and give Thompson the help he needs.

chewmeister on January 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Drooling at the prospect of Tommy running against Feingold. There are other options though; Gov. candidate Mark Neumann could choose to let Scott Walker run uncontested for the Governor race, and switch his campaign to run against Feingold. Both men are good conservatives, and I just shake my head at the blood-letting, and money they will spend in the primary.
And congressman PAUL RYAN; if he want to be considered as a possible VP candidate in 2012…he needs to run against Feingold! I called his office and they said he will not run against an incumbent. WTF? A wounded, flight-less duck like Feingold? Really? A Senator who’s campaign finance reform has just been deemed unconstitutional (the ONE thing this do nothing senator has done in 17 years in office)?
Fiengold needs to have a competitor that is not just a token opponent. One current candidate has past tax issues, and another has maybe 40K in the bank…they are not viable options.

JimmyGee on January 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I\’m pretty sure there\’s recent polling that shows that running Thompson against Feingold is a worse option than running a relatively fresh face and giving them serious $$$ backing. Thompson has high negatives and is still ten points behind Feingold. As evidenced on this thread, a Feingold-Thompson race could quickly become more about Thompson\’s 16-yr gubernatorial and HHS record than Feingold\’s out-of-touchness and Obamaphilia.

Robert_Paulson on January 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM

every state is now in play

This is sort of Cloward-Priveny……

roy_batty on January 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Also some have been begging Charley Sikes, local talk radio man and a real consertative to run against Finegold. Shoot, the adds write themselves with his eye rolling at the Health Care town halls and admiting people can talk but I am not listening. He has ticked off many in WI.

Gracelynn on January 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Charlie Sykes has both the name and the conservative resume to pull it off. He is demure about it, but stated “I just bought a truck”.
Sykes would be a real cash magnet, and could pull it off. The only problem is losing such a staunch and well-spoken conservative voice. Part of me wants him to continue rallying the troops via his top-rated radio show, but the rest of me says RUN CHARLIE RUN!

roscopico on January 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Sykes isn’t going to run. I don’t think Thompson will, either. Yeah, he loves politics, but he’s doing too well right now to give it serious consideration, I’m pretty sure.

The other “name” challenger that may pop up against Feingold may be Neumann, as his chances for the governor’s seat seem to be dwindling. But he hasn’t seemed to express any interest so far….

The dynamics seem to have changed in the last few days. I wouldn’t have thought there was any traction to this at all before Brown. But now I’m hearing that there may be a number of names not listed above that may be interested.

I think we’re all going to owe Scott Brown a helluva lot more than we realize right now.

12thMonkey on January 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM

I think we’re all going to owe Scott Brown a helluva lot more than we realize right now.

12thMonkey on January 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM

There’s blood in the water, especially with the rumors of reconciliation (although that process will be tougher than any of the speculators are letting on).
Sykes won’t run? I don’t see why not.

roscopico on January 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

I’ll work for anyone who runs against Feingold. His funny guy persona put forward in his campaign ads is an act. He’s so far left and will do anything to thwart homeland security. Tommy is not my favorite, but he was a good governor and I’d vote for him if he ran. Charlie Sykes would be interesting candidate. I think Tim Michels should run again. He ran a good race against Feingold last time. We need a conservative to run against Herb Kohl too. Not sure when his term is up. It’s time for conservatives to take back Wisconsin’s Senate seats. Time for another upset!

Wendy on January 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Several Democratic incumbents said later that none of the 19 Democratic seats up this year are safe — and that fundamental parts of the agenda need to be re-examined to win over voters back home.

19 seats? SWEEP! SWEEP! SWEEP!

2ipa on January 21, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Sykes won’t run? I don’t see why not.

roscopico on January 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

We don’t, like, sleep together or anything, so no inside info for me, but Sykes is more effective being a commentator than he is getting down and dirty, and I’m pretty sure he feels the same. His name was thrown out in mostly random fashion recently and I don’t think there’s anything to it.

He’s never really seemed to have an interest in running for anything before, I’d be stunned if he suddenly decided to throw his hat in the ring. I really think you need to prep yourself for a Senate run… mentally as well as financially. It’s not really something you do on the spur of the moment, and this seat didn’t look realistically vulnerable until recently. He’s also got some skeletons in his closet, like a messy divorce, so he’d have to be prepared for everything to get dragged out.

Politics is an ugly process, he’s got a good, steady gig, and there are probably going to be other names better prepared than Sykes would be. So I’m guessing he’ll pass this time around. Will it get him thinking? Maybe…

12thMonkey on January 21, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Add to that scenario the possiblity of hundreds of millions of corporate dollars to support an opposition campaign against 50% of McCain-Feingold – - whom the corporations will not soon forget. I only hope they pour the same amount of $$ into Arizona to kick McCain to the curb.

kens on January 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Also some have been begging Charlie Sykes, local talk radio man and a real consertative to run against Feingold. Shoot, the ads write themselves with his eye-rolling at the Health Care town halls and admitting people can talk but I am not listening. He has ticked off many in WI.

Gracelynn on January 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

The Sykes candidacy fantasy is promoted mostly by his not-quite-direct competitor up the dial, Mark Belling. After all, if Sykes departs the Milwaukee airwaves, Belling becomes the undisputed local right-of-center voice.

steveegg on January 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM