Here's Camp Feingold's latest ad on what we need less- and more- of in Washington:
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It reminds me of something I read yesterady. I want to pull out a comment from Working Joe on yesterday's post:
One of my long time friends is a Fox News drone. A few months ago, he informed me that he just hates Russ Feingold. He couldn't give me any specifics. As a conservative, he should have been happy that Feingold cast the only vote against the Patriot Act, which contains clear constitutional violations. He should have been happy that Feingold voted against TARP. He doesn't even know those things.
Johnson is running ads that he'd be the only manufacturer in the Senate. Johnson got into manufacturing the old fashioned way - he married into a manufacturing family. Johnson is an accountant who married the business owner's sister. I knew Johnson must be quite vapid when the Green Bay Press Gazette, which I've only ever seen endorse one Democratic candidate at any political level, endorsed Feingold and blasted Johnson.
But that information won't drift down to voters like my friend who fits into the angry white male category. My friend is very angry when he drives his concrete truck into Milwaukee and sees a "ghetto rodent" (his comment) sitting on the front stoop drinking a beer at 9:30 a.m. and it infuriates him that these people are sucking off his tax dollars. Yet, when I pointed out that his concrete truck driving is seasonal and that he draws unemployment compensation in the winter months, which is sucking off my tax dollars as a business owner, he asks why I am personally attacking him. He doesn't see the contradiction in his views. He accuses Obama of vast overspending but ignores the OMB chart I sent him that shows the greatest costs to the deficits are two unfunded wars and the unfunded Bush tax cuts.
It's all emotional with my rightwing friends. This emotion is immune to facts and reasoning. And this emotion, these angry white people, will take down one of the best senators Wisconsin has had and will put a lesser man in his place.
My colleague at OpenLeft, Mike Lux, who served in the Clinton White House, once told me Tea Partiers were this decade's media's hype version of "angry white males". I certainly don't want to put all the anti-Feingold folks into one racial/gender category, but I'm with Workin' Joe that a whole lot of misdirected anger from teabaggers can take down one of the best Senators Wisconsin- and this nation- has. That's unacceptable to me. I hope it is to you, too.
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How do you enter? Simple. Chip in to Russ on our Blue America page and your name goes in the hat. It's a two-fer: you could win a cool piece of memorabilia, and you'll feel better on November 3rd- trust me.