Sen Russ Feingold Defeated
America lost a great Senator tonight. Russ Feingold has been defeated in Wisconsin.
The other Republican wins tonight, modest in number, were expected. Losing Feingold is unexpected and disappointing.
We've got so few progressives in the Senate to begin with. Losing even one hurts, but this one especially. Feingold didn't always toe the Democrats' line. He supported gun rights. He was the lone vote against the Patriot Act. He opposed FISA. He was a maverick and he fought tirelessly for his positions.
Wisconsin has voted out one of the country's finest Senators. It not only shot itself in the foot, it hurt us all.
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