Exit Feingold

He tells supporters of his PAC that he will eschew a run for governor or Senate in 2012. (The governor’s race only happens if voters put a recall on the ballot.)

When I said on election night last year that it “was on to 2012,” I meant it. As I said those words I was especially thinking of the need to re-elect President Obama. I will be working to re-elect him and hope to play a significant role in that effort. But since the aggressive tactics of Governor Walker and the legislature ensued, those words now also mean retaking the state government from these corporate-backed operatives is a special priority.

Feingold was the only politician whose name I saw on signs at anti-Walker rallies in February. Wisconsin progressives were convinced he was unfairly felled in a wave, and that he could win an election now that voters were sour on Walker. But the results of the state Senate recalls proved that they weren’t sour enough. Polling indicated that Feingold, still popular, was not leading decisively if he ran for either statewide offices. Democrats really needed to take back the senate to prove that the public had come over to them. They didn’t win. This is one consequence.