What Makes Mark Green Extreme
The Green Team has its first TV spot out challenging the “too extreme” label the Dems have pinned on its candidate.
The ad, however, misses the mark on why Mark Green is extreme. Rather than focusing on politics, most of the ad aims at Green’s personal side.
As a person, I have no doubt Green is not extreme – at least not in a bad way. I’m sure he’s a good father and a caring spouse.
But that’s not really the point.
To be fair, the ad does end with Green admitting he’s interested in changing things in
Of course, the devil is in those details.
Back when Tommy was mulling a gubernatorial run in April, I wrote that the effect of a Thompson bid would be to shift power in the state GOP from the far right back to the moderate majority of the party.
Mark Green may or may not be a member of the far right at heart – it really doesn’t matter.
What matters is that the far right – based in southeastern Wisconsin – has been controlling the direction of the state GOP since Thompson left office. Tommy’s strong enough to turn that tide back -- Mark Green is not.
Green needs “the fire-breathing tax-limiting fiscal conservatives,” as esteemed member Charlie Sykes calls them, who control the conservative media around
So, in effect, it’s the company that Green must keep that makes him extreme.
Take the failed Taxpayer Protection Amendment. Green backed it throughout the spring, in spite of the fact that moderates in the GOP – who almost entirely hail from outside of southeastern
Rather than see that as a sign that the majority of the state isn’t in favor of writing broad and restrictive fiscal policy into the state constitution, Green continues to demonstrate that he would back another incarnation of TABOR in the future. He just won’t say it publicly.
If he didn’t back the next TABOR, you can bet Sykes, Belling, & Co. would turn on him in an instant. Heck, Belling turned on him this past spring simply because the TP Amendment didn’t pass this year, something Belling pinned on Green’s lack of leadership on the measure.
And this isn't the first instance of Green not standing up to party handlers.
Who can believe that Green is actually proud of his fiscal record as a member of Congress? He voted with Bush 93 percent of the time because the White House was running the show, and he wasn’t a strong enough politician to stand up to it.
I mean, who can blame him? He’s giving up his Congressional seat to run for governor this year. If he loses and he had burned his bridges to the top Republican in the country, where would that leave him?
In the end, the issue is not simply whether Green is extreme. It’s that – until he can stand on his own two feet as a politician statewide – he can’t help being as extreme as the state GOP’s current puppet-masters want him to be.