The recent debate between the candidates for the GOP nomination to oppose Tammy Baldwin to become the junior senator from Wisconsin was notable for its lack of fireworks. Bad manners are unrelated to political courage as Ron Johnson has shown us. We were disappointed that neither Kevin Nicholson or Leah Vukmir disagreed with The Donald on trade or anything else. Nobody needs to be unpleasant to disagree. Strong support for free trade would be our number one criteria for picking a WI GOP senate candidate.
Sidebar: Does this mean we would vote for Tammy if she came out as a free trader? Well, it seems extraordinarily unlikely as her website leads with “Building a made in WI economy.” So Tammy is the problem and not the answer for us. End Sidebar.
We understand the political problem that the media (and the moderator was a legacy reader) is looking for divisions on the right and ignores them on the left. For example when some Democrats attack The Donald on tariffs it signals a major conflict over there. We also understand that The Donald is thin skinned. Still, we think the way to victory is for Kevin or Leah to find a way of being on The Donald’s side without expressing their unquestioning support for anything is has or will do. We suppose expecting for two versions of Ron Johnson from one state is too much to hope for. Political courage is in short supply but there are folks like Ron. He makes the current and potential junior senators look junior indeed.