Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Ooh, it’s a debate

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The pressure’s on. One, a crafty progressive pol with nothing nice to say about his opponent. The other, a calm voice of reason explaining to the public the dangers of Obamacare and the wasteful spending in the federal stimulus law.

I don’t know how Brian Fraley of the MacIver Institute stands being paired up Scot Ross of the fascist-sounding self-described partisan organization One Wisconsin Now, but it must make good television for WTMJ-TV news.

As for the “debate” between Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson and Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, it’s Friday night, it’s just Q&A, and the voters are already inclined to vote for change. The baseball playoffs are on, it’s nice outside, and parents all over Wisconsin are at high school football games.

If a debate happens on a Friday night in October, does it make a sound?

Things to watch for:

It’s the Barack Obama test for Ron Johnson. He just has to sound credible and not make any major gaffes and he will maintain his lead in the polls. There are low expectations of how well he’ll do so he just has to maintain his composure, smile at the camera, and stick to his points. All the pressure is on the other guy.

For Feingold, he’s behind and (despite his public statements to the contrary) he knows it. Feingold needs to score. Somehow he’s got to throw Johnson off his game and get him to say something he’ll regret.

Of course, even if Feingold’s successful, it’ll be forgotten by Monday.

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