Russ Feingold’s loss on Tuesday has not hit the headlines as much as Tom Daschle’s in 2004, many pundits see Harry Reid’s victory to be the Dems saving grace for the midterm 2010 election bloodbath. But for many of us who read and follow the actions of the Senate, not having Russ Feingold casting votes is a vast disparity.
The NY Times has an article equating Feingold’s loss to the Dems losing the independent vote all together. Ironic because if you look at his record Feingold was a true maverick (unlike certain geriatric Arizona Senators). He voted against the president on the financial reform bill, increasing troops in Afghanistan and was the only person in 2001 to not vote for the Patriot Act.
But on the ballot there was a large “D” next to his name, and this year apparently that’s all that was needed.
In the conclusion of his concession speech Feingold stated, “It’s on to the next battle. It’s on to 2012!” Now, you can construe that phrase in two directions. 1) It’s on to defeat the GOP in 2012, or 2) I’m going to be a third party candidate in 2012 taking on the establishment. I’m pretty sure he meant 1). However, if it was between Obama and Feingold for President I’ve got two words for you: Go Badgers!