Wisconsinites in for another wild ride
Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:07 PM
Just as we were about to have a moment to relax from politics, it all started up again for Wisconsinites. From this summer's recall election, we went right into the Republican primary election for Herb Kohl's U.S. Senate seat. And now Wisconsin is home to the vice presidential candidate on the Republican presidential ticket. This is unbelievable.
The news of Paul Ryan joining Mitt Romney as his running mate brought Wisconsin back into play for November's presidential election where President Barack Obama beat U.S. Senator John McCain by a double-digit margin in 2008.
The national media rushed to Southern Wisconsin this week to learn more about Ryan. They'll certainly continue to dig up whatever they can find on the seven term congressman from Janesville. Meanwhile, political pundits will keep a very close eye on polling data to see if Romney's selection of Ryan moves Wisconsin from a blue state to a purple state.
While Ryan takes center stage with Romney, Wisconsin's race for the U.S. Senate will also be a big focus for the national media. If this week's Republican primary winner Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins the seat over Democratic U.S. Rep Tammy Baldwin, it might give the Republicans the majority they'd need to repeal ObamaCare if Romney wins the White House.
Recall survivor Gov. Scott Walker, a good friend of Ryan, is scheduled to speak as a headliner at the Republican National Committee Convention later this month. That was announced last week by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. He's also from Wisconsin.
Here we go again Wisconsinites. Hold on tight.