Things change. Six months ago, everyone who rates the Senate races, rated very liberal Dem. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin (yes the McCain-Feingold guy) a safe bet for reelection to a fourth term. Then Tommy Thompson, a popular former Repub governor, publicly mulled a bid and there were polls showing he could possibly beat Feingold. Then Thompson declined and Feingold was rated safe again.
The Repubs ended up nominating an accountant and owner of a plastics business with no previous political experience named Ron Johnson. Johnson is pro-life, pro-gun, pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-one-man-one-woman marriage and doesn’t believe that freedom of religion means freedom from religion. He has called those who attribute global warming to human activity “crazy.”
Johnson rose steadily in the polls and has slowly overtaken Feingold. Johnson has led in every public poll since mid-July and in the last couple his lead was beyond the margin for error. Rothenberg Political Report recently moved the race from “toss-up” to “toss-up, tilts Republican.”
Repubs around the country, definitely including Ron Johnson, have run hard against the “government takeover” of health care. “The Health Care Bill is the greatest assault on our freedom in my lifetime,” Johnson says on his website. “It must be repealed.”
Most Democrats, who shoved the bill down the throats of the American people, are choosing not to talk about that vote in their campaigns. Feingold is an exception to that trend. His latest TV ad, which seems kinda amateurish but I’m pretty sure doesn’t use any paid actors, is all about Feingold’s support for the health care bill and Johnson’s promises of repeal. Here it is:
Hat tip to Ben Smith of Politico.