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September 03, 2010

Friday Afternoon Midterm Miscellany

Friday before Labor Day grab-bag.

Remember pompous Indiana Congressman Baron Hill? Turns out yelling at your constituents will in fact come back to haunt you at election time.

If you're so inclined, here's the website for Todd Young.

I haven't found any recent polls on the race but RCP says it's a toss up.

The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says he wants to see Obama "turbocharged" and campaigning for candidates this fall.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) urged the president to ramp up his efforts on the campaign trail.

"We've got to get out around the country," Van Hollen said during an appearance on MSNBC. "And the president has got to get turbocharged. He's got to go out and make it very clear what the stakes in this election will be."

The DCCC chairman said he didn't think Obama had underperformed on behalf of Democratic incumbents this fall, but if Democrats wanted to perform the best this fall, the president would need to work tirelessly on behalf of incumbents and candidates.

"I think that he's been laying the groundwork, he's been drawing the contrasts," he said. "And I think that he knows better than anybody that between now and Nov. 2, when people are really going to be paying attention, he's got to be all over the country, making it clear what the choice is."

Yeah, good luck with that plan.

Alas, not everyone shares Van Hollen's enthusiasm for an Obama appearance. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is going to avoid being seen with Obama when POTUS shows up in Milwaukee this weekend. Not to long ago the Senator said, "I will stand with the president of the United States anywhere, anytime, no hesitation. I'm proud of what this president has tried to do,". Apparently just not in his home state, this weekend.

Just two years ago, Obama carried the Badger State by 13%. Now he's toxic to a stalwart liberal. The times they do change quickly.

Just a reminder, yesterday I blogged about the Wisconsin Republican candidate for Senate, Ron Johnson. He seems like a solid conservative candidate and he's giving Feingold a run for his money.

Check out the comments on the post, several Cheesehead Morons chimed in with some local knowledge.

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