Republicans are nothing if not predictable. It’s rare that I meet a conservative who actually surprises me. I watch enough Fox News to pretty much know what they’re going to say about any given issue before they even have to say it. Republicans are typically very paranoid, driven by conspiracy theories, petty and angry. It always amazes me to see these people who claim they’re “the party of Christian values” be so full of hate.
Take for instance the recent attacks former Democratic senator Russ Feingold is currently experiencing – even though he hasn’t publicly made any statements regarding his possible desire to return to Wisconsin to run for the Senate seat he lost to Republican Ron Johnson:
Russ Feingold has yet to say a word, publicly, about the possibility of a rematch with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. But Republicans aren’t wasting any time in launching attacks against the Democratic former senator.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent a press release on Tuesday calling attention to Feingold’s role in passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enacted six years ago today.
“With Russ Feingold plotting his return to power, it’s worth remembering that when he voted for the failed $830 billion stimulus he claimed spending programs would balance our budget.” (Source)
Amazing isn’t it? Here we are, coming off the best economic year this country has experienced since the Clinton presidency, and Republicans continue to try to claim that the 2009 stimulus package was a failure. Not to mention that the stimulus didn’t just help create jobs, it also aided in saving millions of jobs that might have been lost without that desperately needed funding. And while they don’t count toward the number of jobs created under Obama’s presidency, in my opinion, a job saved is just as important as a job that was created.
Unfortunately, far too many Americans have forgotten just how bad our economy was when President Obama first assumed office.
I’ll never back down from my assertion that history will look back on President Obama as one of our nation’s greatest presidents. And someone like Russ Feingold should be proud that he supported the 2009 economic stimulus package that was the trigger for one of the best periods of economic growth in U.S. history.
The truth is, Republicans are terrified of Feingold. They know he’s someone who would instantly become a favorite to win back his old seat, especially knowing that Johnson is considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2016. Republicans are going to do everything they can to try to drag Feingold through the mud, even if that means waging attacks against him well before he’s really shown any public interest in reclaiming his spot on the Senate.
But these tactics are nothing new. It’s basically what the GOP has been doing to Hillary Clinton for years. With the former First Lady all but a lock to run for president in 2016, Republicans have been trying to slander her even before President Obama was re-elected in 2012.
Will Feingold run? Who knows. But there’s one thing that’s for certain – Republicans are terrified at the thought that he might.