Tammy Baldwin released her 1st television ad. Take a look here… it is probably not the sort of ad you would have expected from her.
In fact, it is a brilliant ad from a Democratic strategist’s point of view. Baldwin’s people saw that Barrett got destroyed in rural Wisconsin. This is exactly the sort of message Tammy needs push to ensure that she does not suffer the same fate.
I think many Republicans are underestimating Tammy. Yes, she is on the hardcore left, but Baldwin is a better campaigner than the Tom Barretts of the world. This is not the sort of race where we can run a second-tier or unlikable candidate and expect to win.
The choice for Wisconsin Republicans is a simple one. Nominate Tommy Thompson and almost certainly win Kohl’s Senate seat, giving Wisconsin 2 Republican senators for the first time since 1957. Nominate any of the others and the race becomes a coin-flip at best. Oh, and what you choose may very well determine which party gains control of the Senate. If Romney wins, it may be the difference between Mitt’s administration being able to make serious headway on solving America’s fiscal train-wreck vs. having their agenda thwarted by a narrow Democrat majority in the Senate.
All 4 Republican candidates for US Senate have their strengths and weaknesses, but when taking electability into consideration, the decision is a rather easy one.
I’ve been leaning in this direction for quite sometime, but after further reflection, my endorsement is now official: Tommy Thompson for US Senate.