It happens now and then. I get completely fed up with Wisconsin politics and want to tell everyone off. I’ll warn you: this Senate primary still has me ticked.
The other day I opened my Facebook page to see a bunch of bloggers go off, once again, on how nasty Mark Neumann was. Seriously? Mark Neumann – the guy I blush in front of when I say the word “crap” – is nasty? I can not figure out why in the world it has become so cool to be a Neumann hater. And you know what? When I specifically ask, neither can they.
This group of mostly guys reminds me of the grade school group who decided to wear their baseball caps backwards and spit and scratch and convince others to wear their baseball caps backwards and then can’t remember why they do it. When it’s game time they won’t turn the bills around to protect their eyes from the sun. In the end, they look stupid instead of cool.
Yes. They remind me exactly of that group of grade school boys.
Take two minutes folks to remember that when you are adoring Paul Ryan, you should thank Mark Neumann. Neumann identified Ryan’s potential when Neumann was in Congress and Ryan was a staffer on Capitol Hill. Neumann told Ryan his seat would be open as Neumann ran for the Senate against Feingold. (Oh, that group of school boys thought a run against Feingold was just swell at the time.) And Neumann mentored Ryan on the nation’s budget. The same thinking that everyone loves Ryan for these days.
Neumann managed a miserable budget mess once before, you know. He was part of the group of Congressional leaders who together with a President that got out of the way, moved this nation into a balanced budget.
Why in the world would a group of whiny bullies complain about that track record?
Now all the cool kids are going to waste their vote next Tuesday on Jeff Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, I am told, is a rather nice guy. Unfortunately, he has not mounted a serious campaign for the Senate. Toss your vote to him and Tommy! the moderate, the classic go-along-to-get-along guy wins. When that bully group is in the corner of the playground sniffling and wiping their little wet, dirty faces because Tommy! stayed in bed with big pharma on the next healthcare bill, well, I’ll be mad then, too. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
So Wisconsin, I will find a Harley analogy that seems to be so important during campaign season around here. Gets your backsides on a hardtail and get through the ride. Discipline yourselves to do the right thing for this state, for this country, and vote for the only genuine conservative in this Senate race with a shot at winning in November.
On Tuesday, vote for Mark Neumann.