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Tommy Thompson *not* running for Senate in Wisconsin

Well, Tommy boy finally made it official today at the tax day Tea Party in Madison, ending months of his on-again / off-again dance

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/90943939.html

“My family didn’t want me to run,” Thompson told the Journal Sentinel moments before he gave a speech to thousands at a tea party gathering on the steps of the State Capitol.

Thompson’s daughter, Kelli, said after the speech that her father wanted to run badly.

“He’d do this more than anything else,” she said. “The family can’t do it anymore. It’s too vicious. It’s too hard.”

Do I think Thompson could have beat Feingold?  Yes, maybe.  Do I think Thompson had a lot of baggage that he brought with him?  Yes, maybe.  Do I think Wall or Westlake or any of the other contenders will knock off Feingold?  One can hope, but I’d have to venture a no on that one right now.

A lot of this will depend on the disposition of the country come November.  Had the election been a month or two ago, before the health care vote, I think we would have had a better chance, but I fear we may lose some of our momentum before November.  That’s just a long time to stay fired up for the average person.

Then again, this administration is the gift that keeps on giving, so we can only guess what they’ll attempt between now and then.

All in all, I think this takes Wisconsin off the table as a potential Senate takeaway, but it’s nice to at least have some direction on the issue, because Tommy’s been dipping his toes in for months, with no decision.

- Jon

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