An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Four Republicans face off on Tuesday in a little-noticed Senate Republican primary in Wisconsin, where the race is tight and the winner unknown.
For a race that is expected to help determine which party controls the Senate, the primary to choose the Republican nominee has received little attention. First, it was put on the back burner as state Republicans rallied behind Gov. Scott Walker to help him successfully ward off a recall challenge.
Then, as the race entered its final hours, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan would be his running mate, upstaging the impending Senate primary.
Still, the race is a set to be a close one, with former Gov. Tommy Thompson, businessman Eric Hovde and former congressman Mark Neumann locked in a statistical tie, according to recent polls. Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald trails behind.
Since I no longer live in Wisconsin, haven’t for more than 5 years now, you wouldn’t think that their Senate primary race would interest me. Well, it does. As do most primary races across the country. While the White House is very important. Ok, EXTREMELY important, what is even MORE important is Congress. And right now, the make up of the Senate is at the TOP of the EXTREMELY important list.
If you have been paying attention, and sadly, many do not, you’d notice that, under the so called ‘leadership’ of Harry Reid, the Senate has pretty much been collecting paychecks for doing….not a DAMN thing! The Republican controlled House passes budgets, Reid won’t even let them come to the floor for a vote. And yet, we hear on the news that it’s the Republicans who are blocking getting things done. Gotta call ‘em as I see ‘em…..the Democrats are petty liars, and would have the country believe that they are so above the fray, they can’t be bothered. Horse manure! They ARE the fray!
So, you see, the primaries ARE important. When it comes to the general election, if we don’t have strong CONSERVATIVE Republics running, and winning, then we’ll be stuck with Harry “do nothing, don’t blame me” Reid as the Senate majority leader….again! And to be honest, I do believe that man has lost what few marbles he ever had. Between him, and Pelosi, I can’t decide who is the bigger nut job windbag! Are they both suffering from Alzheimer’s??? It sure seems that way, because some of the utter crap that falls out of their mouths is just beyond comprehension. Of course, neither has an ounce of integrity, so lying comes rather easily to both.
The candidates are an interesting mix. If you don’t know who Tommy Thompson is, then you are too young, or sadly uninformed. He was the Governor of Wisconsin, who was the REAL author of welfare reform, which the Republican Congress adopted, and Clinton took credit for. IMHO, he’s not extremely conservative, but he is a well known name in Wisconsin. He was also the Secretary of Health and Human Services under W in his first term. A decent choice, if the voters choose him.
Honestly, I have no idea who Eric Hovde is, other than ‘a business man’. That tells me something about him though…..he’s NOT a politician. This could be a good thing. Don’t we have enough career politicians in D.C. as is??? We NEED people representing us who know how to balance a checkbook, who knows what makes businesses run, and who aren’t so entrenched in ‘system’ of corruption that makes up the vast majority inside the Beltway.
Mark Neumann? Honestly, I think that man is a career candidate! He was running for something or other most of the time I lived up there. This disturbs me. It says something about him. A positive, he doesn’t give up. A negative, seems he’s doing this over and over…for himself, not the people. I don’t much care for that type. BUT, he does seem to stand on the RIGHT side of most issues, so I guess he’d be ok.
And Scott Fitzgerald. sigh… Well, he’s a good guy, and has done a good job in the WI state Senate. He also survived the extremely expensive ‘recall’ election earlier this summer. (I think the unions to should pay the taxpayers every single dime they cost them for this bad joke!)
I’m just glad I don’t have to make the decision of who to vote for up there. Apparently, some of my friends are quite divided on who they support. Whoever wins, I hope they’ll all be able to join together and support the victor…as I KNOW they will. Replacing the potted plant (aka Herb Kohl) with a strong conservative is very important, but even if the winner isn’t all most of us would hope he’d be, he BETTER remember who he works for, unlike so many who have gone to D.C. and have conveniently forgotten who pays their salary!
So, WISCONSIN…. do you civic duty! Get up off you’re hinders and go vote! And make sure you choose someone who will whup the Dems into submission. No namby pamby, wishy washy, go along to get along! OK??????