Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson is running for President! You might remember him best as the hapless Secretary of Health and Human Services who appeared drunk on CNN after the anthrax attacks. Well, who didn't feel the pull of the bottle in those trying days. As far as I can tell, Thompson's plan for the presidency takes a play from the Feingold book. Russ Feingold famously won the Democratic primary for the US Senate in 1992 in Wisconsin by running a goofy, low-key, underdog campaign -- painting his campaign promises on his garage door, going through his house on TV looking for skeletons in his closets, the Elvis impersonator endorsement -- while his opponents engaged in a grisly circular firing squad of negative advertising. He won the primary with a freaking 70% of the vote, and then defeated the Shatneresque Republican incumbent Bob Kasten by seven points in the general election. So I think Thompson is waiting for Romney, McCain, and Giuliani to kneecap each other:
McCain: I was in a CAGE! Romney: Adulterers! Giuliani: Hey, you wear magic underwear! Romney: And you wear women's clothing! Often! McCain: I was in a CAGE!But he's still Tommy. Quoting from today's Ha'aretz, which does not usually cover Wisconsin politics (even though Golda Meir was from Milwaukee):
"I'm in the private sector and for the first time in my life I'm earning money. You know that's sort of part of the Jewish tradition and I do not find anything wrong with that... I just want to clarify something because I didn't [by] any means want to infer or imply anything about Jews and finances and things. What I was referring to, ladies and gentlemen, is the accomplishments of the Jewish religion. You've been outstanding business people and I compliment you for that."Yeah, we had him for four terms. The best part is, now you know the reason why many Wisconsinites (and not just those of a certain age) keep on voting for our two Jewish senators. "Oh you know, those people are good at that sort of thing."