Feingold Ad: "Hands Off My Health Care"

There is no race I care about more than Russ Feingold's in Wisconsin (now that Boxer looks pretty good - hell of an ad wasn't it?), but, unlike Jon Cohn, I think this ad could be a mistake, if it leads to campaigning in the fashion Cohn is advocating for:

Cohn argues that President Obama is touting the health bill too. I don't really see Feingold making much of an explicit argument for the health bill, more of a "protecting your health care" pitch unconnected to the health bill (sort of a Medicare pitch really.) In any event, I bet Obama wouldn't be "touting" the health bill if he were up for reelection this year. That's politics 101. I think Feingold may be setting up a Social Security/Medicare hit on Johnson. Cohn, a big health bill proponent, is probably misreading what this ad is trying to do and what it is leading to. Or maybe this is Feingold's pitch to the New Establishment bloggers to see if they might engage in his campaign. A little sugar so to speak.

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    I cannot believe my homestate (none / 0) (#1)
    by kenosharick on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 04:48:24 PM EST
    might actually turn Feingold out of office.  I thought that I heard that johnson gave testimony on a bill that would crack down on those who protect pedophiles, saying he did not want to be too "harsh" on them. I know Dems seem to have a real issue with fighting dirty, but its time to take the gloves off here.

    Yep (none / 0) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 04:49:16 PM EST
    Hey, Kenoshan, you remember (none / 0) (#6)
    by Cream City on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 06:31:12 PM EST
    Wisconsin turning out the late, great Gaylord Nelson, dontcha?  Anything is possible (and frankly, I liked Nelson's record better than Feingold's) in the state that doesn't forgive the guys who forget their roots and go all Eastern on us -- not that either has done so, nor that Feingold has made the mistake that Nelson did . . . as another of Feingold's ads shows, with him standing in front of his Wisconsin home.

    Btw, yes, Johnson, although allegedly a Lutheran, served on a Green Bay archdiocesan financial committee, which somehow gave him the cred to come before Congress to testify against a bill that would have helped so many of the men here -- the center of this storm, the suits against Rome, etc. -- who were abused by pedo priests here.

    Anyway:  Bottom line is that a lot of people are hurting here for a lot of reasons in this awful economy, and they want someone else to suffer for it.  And Feingold and Kohl never have brought home the bacon, the pork, here -- where the hurting is horrible.

    Pedo priests have been stopped from their abuse, but others have not:  The worst sign of the economy here is the recent story about a great rise in domestic violence.  The battered women's shelters are bursting, as are the shelters for other homeless whose numbers are growing by the day -- foreclosures are up again here, per the new report today -- and the homeless have a hard time voting.


    Yup, bad call (none / 0) (#3)
    by andgarden on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 05:04:06 PM EST
    As Greenberg explained in a memo a couple of weeks ago, talking about all of the good things Dems have done in the last two years is ineffective at best.

    BTW, the only way Feingold wins (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 05:06:17 PM EST
    is if Wisconsin turns around at the last minute, like it did in 2004 (IIRC).

    Bad polling. (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ben Masel on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 05:43:19 AM EST
    They're all assuming only 7% of the electorate under 30. never the case here.

    CNN called only registered voters, missing those who register latte, or at the polls.

    We registered 200, nearly all under 20, at Madison's Hempfest Sunday.


    "Latte registration" (none / 0) (#16)
    by Cream City on Tue Oct 05, 2010 at 10:21:52 AM EST
    sounds like a very Madison sort of GOTV. :-)

    Seriously, I agree that the polling does not reflect the usual turnout of under-30s here -- at least in presidential-election years.  A recent report on their turnout for midterm elections, though, not surprisingly puts it at lower levels.

    And I have not seen GOTV efforts yet on campuses in the main draw for Dems, Milwaukee -- again not surprisingly, as election day/registration day still are weeks away.  But GOTV better start soon. . . .


    Feingold's pushing early voting. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ben Masel on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 11:08:54 AM EST
    Rally on campus in Madison at 3:00 today, from which they'll march to City Clerk and get in line to register AND vote.

    Feingold (none / 0) (#5)
    by jharp on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 06:23:34 PM EST
    "There is no race I care about more than Russ Feingold's in Wisconsin"

    I agree with you. Russ Feingold is a solid guy and I always figured the voters of Wisconsin to be pretty reasonable. Reasonable enough that I've often thought of moving there someday.

    I'm fairly shocked for a teabaggger to be even close. Go figure.

    Remember Senator Joe McCarthy (none / 0) (#7)
    by Cream City on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 06:34:04 PM EST
    and from whence he came?  The state where the Republican Party was founded?  Where worshipers still gather annually at McCarthy's grave?

    You're thinking of Madison.  The locals say that Madison is in Wisconsin, but not of Wisconsin.

    Wisconsin was the most purple state, the closest win for Dems by only a whisker, until 2008 -- which was a fluke, because Republicans stayed home.


    A good perspective (and reminder) (none / 0) (#8)
    by christinep on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 06:37:27 PM EST
    Thanks, CC.

    Feingold is on your side... (none / 0) (#9)
    by notime4lies on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 06:57:51 PM EST
    Hmmm, kind of reminds me of Nationwide's branding campaign.

    If Feingold likes the health "care" bill (none / 0) (#10)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 08:38:04 PM EST
    I'll be more than happy to send him the 25% increase I got for it this year, 17% to pay for part of it, and just recently another 8% to pay for the rest.  All this with an actual reduction in benefits.  And that's just for this year's mess, um I mean, enhancements.

    It's all his.  And he can run on it.

    From my own personal perspective, this health care fiasco has done more to destroy my quality of life than any other bill ever.  I will never again in my lifetime vote for a Democrat, or Obamacrat, or whatever, they want to call themselves.  As far as I'm concerned, they are 2% MORE evil.

    Third party or no vote.  I have never, ever, ever, been so angry about anything in my life.

    If (none / 0) (#11)
    by NYShooter on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 09:35:20 PM EST
    there had been no health bill at all the insurance companies would've raised the premiums also. The problem is the bill did nothing to stop them.

    Agreed (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by gyrfalcon on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 11:11:52 PM EST
    But they're putting in several years' worth of increases all at once so they can establish a higher baseline for when the bill fully goes into effect.

    I cannot believe the Obama people didn't know this would happen, so I have to assume it was part of the deal worked out with the insurance cos. that they'd be allowed enough time to do this before things got tightened down.


    Actually a rather clever ad (none / 0) (#13)
    by gyrfalcon on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 11:13:51 PM EST
    to hit Johnson on health care fairly effectively without actually adressing the health reform bill one way or the other.

    Boxer (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 11:19:37 PM EST
    has 2 ads out. I like the second one even better, expands on the first nicely. Brown also has one out that mentions what eMeg paid herself (120 mil) right before laying of 10% of ebay employees . . . here in CA, jobs seem to be effective for campaigning. Boxer has a positive promo ad out that ends with her saying she'd like to see "Made in America".

    this ad seems to be lacking to me. doesn't seem to have enough conviction . . . .