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Don’t Rule Neumann Out Yet

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on December 23, 2009

Xoff, who knows a thing or two about politics, thinks it may be too early to rule Neumann out as the Republican nominee for governor:

Neumann, in Nichols’s world, is so extremely conservative he could never win a general election, and so far behind Scott Walker that the only way he could beat him in a primary is with a vicious negative campaign.

First of all, there’s not a nickel’s worth of ideological difference between Walker and Neumann. Watch them scramble to see who can get the farthest to the right in the primary, outdo each other in promising to throw programs for the ill, the young, the elderly and the poor under the bus, to slash government to the bone, to trash climate change science, rail against unions, and force women to give up their reproductive rights. Then tell me who’s the most extreme, if you can.

Xoff goes on to point out how Herb Kohl won his U.S Senate seat in 1988, even though he was in a situation much like Neumann’s current situation.

The other thing to remember is that Scott Walker has never one regular election. All his victories were in special elections or as an incumbent. Whenever he has gone straight up against someone in a regular election, he has failed in epic proportions.


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