The answer to Yesterday, I posed the question of how would the benighted tea party crowd react to Tommy Thompson (er, TOMMY!) being the keynote speaker at today’s tea party rally at the state capital in Madison. Do recall that our state’s former Great Leader and former Gee-Dubya Bush Cabinet member is the same man responsible for creating the state’s current budget deficit, the stadium tax, and now will not reveal his lengthy list of lobbying clients.
The answer, in short, ain’t purty. Many are angry that their rally would be used by Thompson as a platform to announce his decision on whether or not to challenge noted reformer and incumbent U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in the 2010 election. Dave Westlake, who’s running in the Republican primary for Senate, has labeled himself as a tea partier, said as much in a quote to the Oshkosh Northwestern:
“He’s using a platform that’s supposed to be about rallying around a common cause to reduce the size of government, to lower spending and lower taxes and he’s using it for his own personal announcement,” Westlake said. “He’s not the tea party movement. He’s a big spender and did a lot of things that was the antithesis of what people in the tea party want.”
Westlake will be at next week’s Drinking Liberally Milwaukee, by the way.
Cory at Eye on Wisconsin has a much more detailed look at the effect that dear old Tom coming to the tea party would have.
Update: Thompson will NOT run. I’d look to Westlake to try and stage an insurgent campaign from here on out, Wall to give his campaign more money, only to lose, and Leinenkugel could go either way. He’s having as many commitment problems as did TOMMY!