Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Tommy Tea Party

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Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson will be speaking at tomorrow’s Tea Party rally in Madison. He is expected to make his intentions known regarding a possible run for the U.S. Senate against Russ Feingold.

WISN-TV is reporting sources close to Thompson (could be anybody) are saying it’s unlikely the former governor will run. Thompson himself says he hasn’t made up his mind yet. Supposedly his family is opposed to Thompson making one more run.

It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction Thompson gets from tomorrow’s crowd. For so many Wisconsinites, Thompson represents “the best of times” in this state. It’s easy to see how he could ride that wave of good feelings right over everyone in the Republican primary and handily defeat Feingold in the November election.

On the other hand, the party’s base might not be too thrilled to see someone who measured success as a cabinet secretary by how much money he spent, and they might not want to support a candidate with a history of supporting trains, trains, and federal health care spending.

Still, given that the alternative is six more years of Russ Feingold, the party’s base will probably choose to focus on the best of Thompson’s record: welfare reform, school choice, full employment.

About the worst thing that could happen tomorrow would be for Thompson to suddenly endorse Dick Leinenkugel for Senate. Talk about a prime opportunity for peddlers of rotten vegetables.

Meanwhile, Terrence Wall’s campaign announced today it has over $1 million in the bank for taking on Feingold. Unfortunately for Wall, nobody will care how much money he raised if Thompson declares he’s running tomorrow.

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