September 17, 2004


Editorial: A real race for Senate (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 15, 2004)

Voters in Wisconsin sometimes complain - with good reason - that political campaigns are boring because the candidates don't disagree on all that much. No one will be able to say that about the upcoming campaign between Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and his chief opponent, GOP newcomer Tim Michels, a millionaire construction company executive and former Army officer. [...]

Michels and Feingold disagree on almost everything that politicians talk about these days: the war in Iraq, President Bush's tax cuts, recent Medicare legislation, the USA Patriot Act, energy policy, free trade, abortion rights, education policy and tort reform. Their backgrounds are very different, too. Michels' only other attempt at public office came in 1998, when he ran for the state Senate and lost; Feingold, a former state legislator, is seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Feingold too resembles John Kerry to outpoll him by much.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2004 11:06 PM

At least he actually voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq war.

Posted by: Benjamin at September 17, 2004 11:29 PM

Michels should bring up McCain-Feingold.

Hmmm, maybe a donation and a note?

Posted by: Sandy P at September 17, 2004 11:33 PM

If I am following this election season correctly once the debates are over and Bush appears to be headed to a decent win I expect him to campaign heavily for GOP senate candidates in LA, SC, NC, FL, OK. CO, SD, WA, CA, GA, to bring along as many GOP senators as possible.

Posted by: AWW at September 18, 2004 12:05 AM

Sorry, forgot AK (GOP hold) and WI (GOP pickup)

Posted by: AWW at September 18, 2004 12:06 AM

Can we harness the energy of Wellstone spinning in his grave like a cesium atom?

Posted by: M. Murcek at September 18, 2004 12:31 AM

It's too bad we couldn't have a twofer and replace McCain here in Arizona with a conservative Republican.

Posted by: jd watson at September 18, 2004 1:17 AM

Just curious . . . what is Sen. Feingold's net worth? Given that he's running against a 'millionaire' executive and all.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 18, 2004 7:54 AM


Why bother with SC and GA?

Posted by: oj at September 18, 2004 8:09 AM

Sen. Russ Feingold and his wife report a net worth of $ 220,000.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 18, 2004 7:28 PM

OJ - you're probably right that the GOP can pickup the senate seats in SC and GA without much help from Bush. If so he can spend his time/resources elsewhere.

Posted by: AWW at September 18, 2004 11:01 PM