cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The race for the Senate on the Republican side of the aisle is interesting even without a recent poll. Given the attacks on Eric Hovde, one almost has to assume that his two most well-funded opponents see him as the prospective winner on August 14th. Hovde is being verbally attacked by both the Thompson and the Neumann campaigns.
Hovde made a relatively weak statement about having contributed to Doyle on one occasion while Doyle was governor, but otherwise he appears to have a pretty strong position going for him as we approach the August 14th primary election. Maybe that response can simply be attributed to his not being involved in politics before this race.
Thompson continues to try to put his age and the question of how conservative he would be behind him. Neumann continues to be remembered for his past campaign shots even as he espouses solid conservative positions. Jeff Fitzgerald is far behind the pack in campaign funding for his effort even though he has solid credentials from the conservative’s point-of-view. Jeff Fitzgerald, literally, has ‘been there and done that’ conservative thing in the past year.
Given where this race would appear to be at the moment, I will not be at all surprised to see Eric Hovde emerge as the Republican candidate on August 15th. If that occurs, he will then be viewed as another ‘Ron Johnson’ in that he has the ability to largely fund his campaign from his own money should contributions not develop as needed, and has had no previous political experience.
The idea that Sen. Johnson will be the senior Senator from Wisconsin, no matter what, is quite interesting. That doesn’t happen very often in the Senate, and probably means that his positions will be accorded at least a little more attention than has happened in his first year. He was not taken very seriously by many in that old man’s club called the U.S. Senate.
I will be very comfortable should Eric Hovde be the Republican candidate in the fall. And, I’ll be happy when the negative attack ads end on the part of both Thompson and Neumann. I know they work, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them.