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 rumor mills had swirled for several weeks with the prediction that Governor Doyle would not run for a third term, but each time these things surfaced, he beat them down quickly. And then, the rumor re-surfaced and the only thing we heard was that the governor would make "an announcement" on Monday (today). He did make his announcement.
This occurence starts many different things and likely curtails a few, as well. Those Democrats who never thought this possible are very busy trying to sort this all out and trying to decide if they'll either throw their hat in the ring or with whom they'll align.
The Republicans are, likewise, circling their wagons since there are already two high profile names in the mix.
Since Governor Doyle will supposedly finish his term, it'll be interesting to see what he tries to leave behind as a further legacy. It'll also be interesting to see the level of support he is able to muster from Democrats who were tiring of being bullied by their governor.
He sits atop a campaign fund of more than $2 million and he can't use that for personal purposes. So, he'll be courted vigorously for this and that contribution. He can not contribute more than $43,000 to any one campaign (as I learned from Jay Weber this morning) but that is a huge amount of money for most state level politicians.
Will Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton receive a contribution or is there really a high level of animosity between she and Doyle as has been believed.
Finally, as to whether the current governor actually believes that all should limit themselves to two terms or if that was really simply a convenient excuse to avoid the truth, he leaves with many accomplishments; and, those are either bad or good as your belief system dictates. He did go all out in this budget bill for his very favorite groups such as trial lawyers and teachers and union organizers. That suggests that he had made his decision early on and played out this budget with that thought firmly in mind.
Let the grovelling begin.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Non-Profit Health Care Co-Operatives".