Friday, April 14, 2006

Cap Times: Run, Tommy, run

Madison's Capital Times, which calls itself a progressive newspaper but not a Democratic one, loves to make mischief for Dems who are not far enough left to suit the paper.

That's pretty much anyone besides Ed Garvey and Barbara Lawton, who rolled up 39% of the vote when they ran as a ticket -- the high-water mark for a statewide leftist campaign in the last 50 years. But winning has never been high on the left's agenda. Their theory is that if you won you must have sold out.

The paper loves Russ Feingold, but even he takes his lumps sometimes when he dares to be too independent.

Today's editorial urges Tommy Thompson to run for something -- US Senate or governor, it's all the same, right? The C-T says it probably wouldn't endorse Tommy, but wouldn't it be a fun campaign?

The Cap Times has never liked the incumbent Dems, Herb Kohl or Jim Doyle, who are too close to the center for their taste. Sometimes it seems like the paper would be just as happy if those two lost.

So, unable to find a primary opponent for Doyle, and any real opponent for Kohl, the paper is on the Tommy bandwagon.

Might as well cause some trouble. And it would be more fun to cover.

Those are the paper's guiding "progressive" principles. And they wonder why no one takes them seriously any more.


At 10:55 AM, Blogger Dave Diamond said...

The only people I have less patience for than wing-nut Republicans are the Greens and sanctimonious "progressives" who would rather lose time after time than practice the art of politics. Mick Jagger said it best: you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you'll get what you need.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Interloper said...

Tommy and his boy Scottie left the state of Wisconsin in a fiscal shambles when they left office in 2002. I'd like to see Tommy try to govern a state that still hasn't recovered from their prior fiscal mismanagement and that won't have the benefit of a booming Clinton economy this time 'round. Good luck.

If Tommy Inc. got a second chance, they'd likely have to slash education, the environment, and other priorities assumedly important to the Cap Times. Unless, of course, Tommy used all the income he's been raking in from pharmaceutical companies and other corporate interests to help balance the state budget, it certainly wouldn't be a walk in the park like during the high-flying '90s.

Governor Doyle has done an admirable job cleaning up Tommy Inc.'s mess, while investing in education, and not raising taxes. I don't understand why the Cap Yimes doesn't get how much worse things could be if the Republicans were allowed to run amok in the State House. Wake up.


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