July 6, 2010

18 YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO PRETEND YOU AREN'T PART OF WASHINGTON:

Feingold faces unexpectedly tough race (LIZ SIDOTI, 07/06/2010, AP)

Feingold, now in his third term, knows he has a fight on his hands. Never shy about showcasing his independent streak, he reiterated his splits with the White House and fellow Democrats on two key policies last week.

“Regardless of who is in command, the president’s current strategy in Afghanistan is counterproductive,” Feingold said as the Senate confirmed Gen. David Petraeus to lead that war.

Feingold also renewed his opposition to the regulatory overhaul that Obama and Democrats wrote for Wall Street. “My test for the financial regulatory reform bill is whether it will prevent another crisis,” and the measure “fails that test,” he said.

In one of his first campaign ads, Feingold recalls his opposition to the unpopular 2008 rescue of banks and other financial institutions, a measure supported by many Democrats, including Obama. “I said ‘No’ to the bailout,” he says.

His occasional breaks from party orthodoxy could be his key to political survival in a campaign season that’s already claimed five congressional incumbents and several establishment-backed candidates.

But, as Republicans are quick to remind voters, Feingold backed Obama’s economic stimulus plan and health care overhaul.

Four months before November, public and private surveys show a surprisingly tight race — underscoring why the GOP is hopeful and Democrats are anxious about their Senate prospects in the first midterm congressional elections of Obama’s presidency.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2010 5:21 AM
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