Fresh off the heels of President-elect Barack Obama’s surprisingly easy win in Wisconsin, which has long been considered a swing state, as well Democrats gaining control of the State Assembly, former Governor Tommy Thompson is shocked:
“I’m sort of shell shocked,” a bleary Tommy Thompson said when we caught up with the former GOP governor today. “I can’t believe we got clobbered that badly. The whole thing is blue! Wisconsin is the bluest of the blue!”
Thompson said that “Obama ignited a following in Wisconsin like I haven’t seen before,” a following he said carried over from his sweeping victory in the state’s presidential primary last February all the way to Tuesday’s election, which was the most lopsided presidential contest in Wisconsin in 44 years.
Asked if Wisconsin will be a battleground again in the short term, Thompson said it would depend on the candidates on the ballot and on the GOP’s ability to revitalize itself as a “party of ideas … you can’t just be the party of ‘no.'” Thompson went on to add, “I definitely have decided I’m going to play a role” in the process of revitalizing the GOP in Wisconsin.
Personally, I find the notion of Tommy Thompson riding into Wisconsin to “save” the Wisconsin Republican Party to be more than a little amusing, and I can’t help but wonder if Tommy’s ideas for revitalizing the Wisconsin GOP include a run of his own for an office like Governor or U.S. Senator.