Feingold to get another challenger?

It appears Senator Russ Feingold is going to have another challenger for his U.S. Senate seat in 2010, in the form of multi-millionaire real estate developer Terrence “Terry” Wall. Sen. Feingold is already facing a challenger from the right, small businessman Dave Westlake, but Westlake has been underwhelming as a Republican challenger to Sen. Feingold, so it’s no shock Republicans would be looking for a more formidable candidate to coalesce behind. Wall, an economic conservative who could likely self-fund a U.S. Senate campaign, is rumored to have conducted at least one poll and is also rumored to be making calls that indicate an interest in becoming a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Personally, I’d love to see Terrence Wall enter the race for Sen. Feingold’s seat, because he’s certainly got some interesting opinions. For example, on the issue of health care reform, Wall seems to think our nation’s current health care system is fine just the way it is right now, saying, “…our [health care] system is not broken[.]” Wall’s also a big believer in the thoroughly debunked “death panels” myth, stating, “..the government also becomes the final arbiter of who lives and who dies…”

Regarding the mess on Wall Street, Mr. Wall has said, “…I don’t think Wall Street should be regulated[,]” despite the fact that it’s pretty clear a lack of government regulation of Wall Street is what led to the financial meltdown we’re slowly starting to come out of.

And Wall’s also no fan of bloggers. In a June 1, 2009 column he wrote, where he opined that bloggers are nothing more than, “uninformed, anonymous couch potatoes” and that blogging is basically, “anonymous bashing over the Internet.” While I’d certainly agree there are some bloggers who are uninformed and certainly there are more than a few who are anonymous, by and large I’d have to say most of the bloggers I’ve encountered – both on the right and on the left – are actually well-informed (if misguided).

Jason Haas has his own spin on Terrence Wall’s possible candidacy.


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27 thoughts on “Feingold to get another challenger?

  1. Zach,

    Thanks for the heads up, a monkey will beat Feingold this year. All of us with brains just can’t wait to get this idiot out of office!

    1. Hi Kent, I doubt a monkey will beat Sen. Feingold in 2010, just as I doubt the “dynamic duo” of Terrence Wall and Dave Westlake can beat Sen. Feingold.

  2. Well maybe a monkey is pushing it. The actions of Obama thus far with unemployment at an all time high, spending more money than all other past presidents combined in less than a year, and a healthcare bill that is not satisfying the left or the right. Wait did I mention, failed Copenhagen talks, and weak foreign policy.

    These thinks will sink ships and I feel Feingold is in big trouble. That said he is a much better Senator than Kohl.

    Have a Merry Christmas

    1. Kent, I find it hard to believe anyone here in Wisconsin is going to hold Sen. Feingold responsible for the talks in Copenhagen, and I heard the same, “A monkey could defeat Sen. Feingold” talk back in 2004, and we all know how that election ended up.

  3. Zach,

    It would be more than naive to say that national politics will not effect Senate races. Feingold is in trouble and he will not get much help from DNC or other national liberal groups given they will need to spend in many other states.

    1. How’s Sen. Feingold in trouble?

      Polling has him beating either of the Republican challengers, and he won’t need much help from the DNC; he never has.

  4. Zach,

    As we all know Obama ran as a centrist but, “Surprise”, he is extremely liberal. “Progressive” is turning into a 4 letter word for most of the country who rather the government stay out of their lives. Since Feingold is the quintessential progressive and can be tied with Obama on every major issue then ….. Just look at Rasmussenreports, Gallup, or Quinnipiac, all these polls has Obama at the lowest approval rating for any president ever for the first year. Now, I have many friends who happen to be democrat, almost every one of them are appalled by the actions of this President.

    I have to say, I love this country and appreciate differing views such as yours but it is time for REAL change.

    1. Kent, in case you hadn’t noticed, Russ Feingold is not the president. I write that only because you seem to think that Feingold’s fortunes are tied inextricably to President Obama’s, which simply is not the case. Sen. Feingold won reelection in 2004 in a year that favored Republicans, so I’m not too worried about his chances against second-tier candidates like Dave Westlake and Terrence Wall.

  5. Zach,

    I case you haven’t noticed there is a backlash against “Progressive thought”, and Feingold is its poster boy. We are going to hang Obama, big government spending, high unemployment, and weak foreign policy around his neck. Does not matter if he had anything to do with it or not. His time as our Senator has come to an end.

    1. Tommy Thompson won’t run; he’s made it abundantly clear he wouldn’t be happy being one of one hundred in the U.S. Senate. If he runs for anything, it’d be governor.

  6. A challenger with conversative principles is what we need and he has funding potential to boot. FEINGOLD has to go. Look at comment I found on VoteFromAbroad.org (another sickening issue we face). Insulting Wisconsinites. The audacity!

    Talking about Feingold and constituents.
    What’s a twice-divorced Jew who supports gay marriage, universal health insurance, and gun control and who opposes the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act doing in Wisconsin? Answer: representing the state in the Senate since 1993. Feingold is one of the most liberal members of the Senate, but Wisconsin voters seem to like that. He should cruise to an easy reelection. It is doubtful that the Republicans will even be able to recruit a serious candidate against him.

    1. Lori, first, I’d love to see a link to that passage on Votefromabroad.org. Next, how exactly was that passage insulting? I’d love to hear your thoughts on what exactly insulted you about the passage you quoted, because I don’t see much there to be insulted about.

      The fact is, a majority of Wisconsin’s voters have chosen to send Russ Feingold to the U.S. Senate three times, so clearly they feel he’s doing a good job of representing them.

  7. I could care less if he is a twice divorced Jew or a happily married Catholic. His is liberal and therefor has no rational thought processes.

  8. Two reasons the passage bothers me. Its inference to a liberal senator representing Wisconsin for many years as odd, holds truth for me and I find it to be embarrassing.

    I also find it audacious to think their wouldn’t be a backlash against those senators who had a hand in this continuous fury to take the nation down the road to socialism,.

    Relooking at the passage, my negative reaction to the passage may not be representative of most.

  9. Zach,

    What do you think of the election of Brown in Massachusetts? Still think national politics do not effect local races. Contacted Feingold today, hope he starts adding to his war chest now!

    1. Kent, what happened in Massachusetts happened in Massachusetts. There are no shortage of reasons why the MA senate race isn’t comparable to Wisconsin’s race in 2010, but I’ll venture a guess that you’ve already made up your mind about what last night’s results mean.

  10. Zach,

    I am sure you don’t think it was a referendum on Obama’s socialist policies and somehow this is isolated to Massachusetts. The fact is one of the bluest states in the nation turned Kennedy’s seat RED! Just look at Rasmussen exit polling. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/massachusetts/a_final_look_at_massachusetts_election_night_poll

    The fact is people are sick of the government over spending being it republicans or democrats. They overwhelmingly voted against healthcare reform. Brown received over 20% of the registered democrat vote.

    What is your take on Browns victory?

    1. 56% of Massachusetts voters named health care as the most important issue. That suggests it was a big issue, but Democrat Martha Coakley actually won among those voters by a 53% to 46% margin.

      Kent, that certainly seems to fly in the face of your assertion that MA voters “overwhelmingly voted against healthcare reform.”

    1. Kent, I could never vote conservative, because I’d be voting against what I believe in when it comes to a number of issues.

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