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Weekly Standard:

John McCormack
August 9, 2010

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

During a two-hour fundraising cruise in southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday, July 18, Republicans feasted on bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer as they chatted about their good chances of sending a Republican to the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1986. Polls show a tight race developing between Democrat Russ Feingold, the three-term incumbent, and Ron Johnson, an Ayn Rand-loving, pro-life Lutheran, plastics manufacturer from Oshkosh. Johnson led Feingold 48 percent to 46 percent in a July 29 Rasmussen poll.

Democrats thought they had dodged a bullet when former Republican governor Tommy Thompson decided in April not to run, but Johnson has emerged as a formidable candidate. First, he doesn’t have Thompson’s baggage of having been both a Washington lobbyist and a Bush administration official. When Johnson delivers brief remarks to the 200 Republicans aboard the boat, he makes it clear he didn’t like the spending spree of the last administration. Republicans were racking up “$300 [or] $400 billion deficits. But now we’re talking $1.5 trillion. And our national debt is $13 trillion. That’s simply unsustainable. It’s intergenerational theft. It’s wrong. It’s immoral. And it’s gotta stop.” The crowd cheers enthusiastically.

Before announcing his candidacy in May, Johnson tested the waters by speaking at Tea Party rallies, where he received a warm response. The successful 55-year-old businessman has less political experience than any GOP Senate candidate in a competitive race this year (almost all have held office at the state or federal level). But Johnson is a “quick study,” says Wisconsin GOP congressman Paul Ryan. “He’s not one of these wealthy guys who decides to run for office one day and doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.” Johnson is personable and rolls off facts, figures, and anecdotes with ease when discussing the issues.
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shoutCasino67 :lmfao:


shoutValin. We are sure hoping. Johnson is running a couple of nice commercials here and hit back quickly with Feingolds first commercial which was a negative ad against him. I thought it was effective and Feingold must have too since he has stopped running the negative ad. I personally and many other Wisconsinites that actually pay attention to politics are personally happy the Thompson did NOT run. He is a Rhino.

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