Friday, May 12, 2006

Comment to Liberal Bloggers on Tommy Talk

It seems some around the left-side of the Cheddarsphere are dismissing more talk of a potential Tommy gubernatorial bid as nothing more than Thompson seeking out more of the media spotlight.

That's only part true.

Tommy certainly is a media hound, but what a Thompson bid also represents is a battle for the direction of the state GOP. The Republican Party in Wisconsin is heading in a notably different direction now than it likely would under Thompson, something I discuss in more detail here. This makes considering the implications of his possible candidacy more than just stroking his publicity-seeking ego.

Too often divisions within a political party are tagged on Dems without acknowledgement that similar divisions exist in the GOP. This provides Republicans with an inflated (and unjustified) sense of cohesiveness that, in turn, helps to feed false notions that Republicans stand for something while Dems are all over the map.

Just something to keep in mind.

UPDATE: Xoff is keeping track of the rumblings on the right over Tommy.

As I've noted before, if Tommy runs it would be a major setback for the extreme right-wingers in Wisconsin. Eventually I'll get around to putting up a post about how I see this as both a positive and a negative for Dems in the state.


Blogger proletariat said...


Here is my prediction. Tommy will run for Governor. Green will run for Lt. Governor with a gentleman's agreement that Tommy will only serve two years.

May 13, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

I suppose that's possible, but I'm not sure if Green would stake his political future on a gentlemen's agreement.

Green would be assured to enter the governor's mansion in two years IF Tommy actually goes through with a presidential bid in 2008. But that's a big IF.

Tommy doesn't want to lose, and I think it's pretty clear he would lose a 2008 presidential bid. If I was Green, I don't know if I could trust Tommy to go through with something that's almost a sure loss. 2012 is always a possibility, but that's only if a Dem wins in 2008.

Those are a lot of maybes for someone who is rising in the Republican Party ranks like Green.

May 13, 2006  

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