Tammy Baldwin’s slightly-more-serious opponent, Chad Lee, issued a press release yesterday declaring term limits the solution to the country’s economic problems.
Lee did not offer any specifics to his proposal, such as number of terms allowed under his “plan” which seems like a significant aspect. Maybe Lee is hoping to avoid the pitfall of Minnesota’s Gil Gutknecht, who set a seven term limit for himself which he attempted to break, but was defeated in 2006 by Tim Walz.
Lee’s press release never succeeds in tying term limits to a better economy. Two paragraphs on the economy are interspersed with four on term limits, never coming together in any coherent way. I expect little from such a terrible idea, however.
Simply put, terms are limited. Two years in the House, six in the Senate. Cries for term limits, no matter what party they are coming from, are anti-government, politically-motivated (chew that one over) stunts that don’t accomplish anything.
In other shocking news, a politician wants your money. Zach at Blogging Blue has a good write-up on Terrence Wall’s latest fundraising email, at one point comparing it to;
“A Nigerian prince who wanted help obtaining his inheritance”
The post is a good primer on Wall, Feingold’s likely opponent in the race for US Senate next year. Check it out.
Dave de Felice issued a press release today announcing the assembly of an exploratory committee to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. The press release included references to Bill Proxmire and Robert La Follette, legendary Wisconsin progressives, and ended stating de Felice currently serves on the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
That got my attention. Dane County? Tammy Baldwin’s district, right? De Felice is evoking Proxmire and La Follette in a run against Tammy Baldwin? Tammy Baldwin, member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus? Tammy Baldwin, who voted against sending the US military to Iraq? Tammy Baldwin, whose stated priorities are “Health care for all; followed closely by equal rights, justice, and equal protections for all?”
The State-Journal politics blog says de Felice is running because he is frustrated with Democratic majorities failing to deliver on liberal health-care reform. De Felice told the WSJ;
“I’m talking to people to see if they feel as I do that there needs to be a voice on some of these issues.”
I’m not from Madison. I don’t know a whole lot about Tammy Baldwin and I know nothing of Dave de Felice. Are there many liberals in the 2nd District that are dissatisfied with Baldwin’s performance? I mean the kind of liberals that vote and bathe.
Baldwin won in 2008, 69%-30% over her Republican challenger. I don’t see de Felice being any sort of problem for her. But if there is some sort of story here, can someone from the Madison fill me in?