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    I didn't realize that Thompson was an extremist on abortion, and yes, Baldwin should emphasize that, but that's clearly insufficient for her to win. She is going to have to also get him on fiscal issues, and that might be harder, based on Thompson's previous record of at least perceived moderation. The important thing here is going to be what he is saying. Does he support the Republican plan to try supply-side economics for a third time? What are his plans for Medicare and other health care programs? It may not be so easy to pin him down unless he has made clear statements, because he has been out of government for several years and, therefore, doesn't have recent votes to answer for.

    The other thing Baldwin has to do is continue to come across as a nice woman who is moderate in temperament, because the problem she has is that her politics are extremely liberal, and Thompson may very well be a better fit for a slightly left-of-center (in American terms) state.

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    by MichaelNY on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 04:24:12 AM PDT

    •  Well said but Feingold's politics were extremely (0+ / 0-)

      liberal as well and he lasted 18 years in the Senate.

      •  Does that have much bearing on her chances (0+ / 0-)

        in this race? I think not. If she is elected, she may or may not have an easier time in future campaigns, but her big hurdle right now is defeating the most popular Republican for the last few decades in the state. She has a possible path to victory, but I have to consider her the underdog.

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        by MichaelNY on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:23:30 AM PDT

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