I’m not a national pundit, so I’m unqualified to properly deconstruct the narrative, but could it be that the reason Russ Feingold is in trouble is that he’s an unpalatable mix of trimmer and righteous prig?
Russ’ trimmer nature is on full display in his most recent campaign ad. Since Russ’s likely opponent is a teabagger, his latest ad touts his fiscal conservative cred, including all the good words ever said about him by organizations like FreedomWorks and Club for Growth.
At the same time, simon-pure Russ is the lone Democrat who won’t vote for the finance reform bill (or even for cloture), because it’s not tough enough. You might think that his holding out just ends up weakening the bill as ever more whorish compromises have to be made with persuadable Republicans, but you’re wrong, according to the great man himself:
In fact, reports indicate that the administration and conference leaders have gone to significant lengths to avoid making the bill stronger. Rather than discussing with me ways to strengthen the bill, for example, they chose to eliminate a levy that was to be imposed on the largest banks and hedge funds in order to obtain the vote of members who prefer a weaker bill. Nothing could be more revealing of the true position of those who are crafting this legislation. They had a choice between pursuing a weaker bill or a stronger one. Their decision is clear.
Which Russ is it: Russ the proto-teabagger? Or Russ the virtuous warrior against the nefarious cabal? I’m confused, and perhaps voters in his state are, too.