That’s right: during a three-month stretch in which his home state of Wisconsin was Ground Zero of the national political conversation – with emotions running high over Scott Walker’s battle with the unions, with progressive and union activists pouring money into a previously sleepy judicial election, while on the GOP side Paul Ryan increasing elevated himself to a national figure setting a budget agenda the President is merely following – Senator Kohl didn’t report receiving a single political donation. Not a penny, not a dime, not a pfennig. Nobody in the entire state looked at this landscape and thought, “hey, I should show my support to an incumbent Democratic Senator up for re-election next year.”

One has to assume that Kohl isn’t running, and that he’ll clear the field for Russ Feingold to try to recover his old job.