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    If Tommy Thompson loses, blame the Tea Party

    If Tommy Thompson loses, blame the Tea Party

    for splitting the vote between Eric Hovde and Mark Neumann, allowing Thompson to win the primary with under 40% of the vote.

    I have a bad feeling about this, via Althouse:

    Thompson was up 9 points in the polls a month ago, and now he’s down 9 points. It’s useless to fret about whether the Marquette poll is accurate: How inaccurate can it be? How did it happen? Tammy Baldwin ran negative ads against the once presumptively popular Tommy Thompson, and they obviously worked….

    Tommy must have been thinking that he could cruise to victory, but the old man is getting kicked around.

    Remember, this was a race which most commentators considered a likely Republican pick up, and the foundation of regaining control of the Senate.

    A different poll has the race tied, but really.  Someone needs to light a fire here.

    But it doesn’t seem likely, as Thompson is blaming Romney for Thompson’s sinking numbers:

    “The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election,” Thompson told Madison television station WKOW on Wednesday. “You know, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. If you’re a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it’s going to reflect on the down ballot.”

    Scott Walker, I know you don’t run Thompson’s Senate campaign, but please pull him aside and talk some sense into his campaign operation.  Put your own people in there.  Do something.

    I think I’m going to scream and kick something.

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    WarEagle82 | September 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Okay. Let’s try this one more time. Repeat after me:

    “Establishment Republicans are unmitigated losers whose goal in life is to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

    There is more empirical evidence to support this point than exits to support “Darwinian Evolution.”


       
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      CalMark in reply to WarEagle82. | September 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Concur.

      My theory: Establishment Republicans LIKE having the Democrats in charge.

      They get the big government spending necessary for the graft and corruption that’s so near and dear to their hearts. But they can then pretend there’s nothing they can do about it. (We’re the minority party and powerless! they whine. Although Democrat minorities wield enormous power. Hm.)

      Out with all of ’em. I lost faith in most of them when they voted to suspend earmarks, which Michelle Bachmann promptly tried resurrect under another name because “my district needs the highway funding.”


     
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    Milwaukee | September 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    My recollection of Thompson as a Governor is that he might have been conservative on social issues, but wasn’t necessarily on financial issues. He was best buds with the highway contractors. Crony capitalism there. Mark Neumann escapes my understanding. He is one of the guys Walker defeated in the primary for the Governorship. Neumann’s been around quite a bit, not particularly successful, but he keeps trying. My impression is that Neumann is more establishment than is needed. Without knowing Eric Hovde, I would say Thompson and Neumann were same-old-stuff. Thompson needs to get off his tired old ass and get to work.


     
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    sweetsarah | September 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I am so tired of these so-called seasoned politicians crying and whining and blaming some other guy when they aren’t campaigning worth a damn. Mr. Thompson, it is YOUR campaign. Do not cry like a b**ch and blame others for your failures. Now, FIX IT, because we do not have time for your dramatic BS. Thanks.

    …and now this:

    WILL THIS VIDEO SINK TOMMY THOMPSON’S WISCONSIN SENATE HOPES?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/will-this-video-sink-tommy-thompsons-wisconsin-senate-hopes/262887/

    Ok: will it?


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