After his loss to Tea Party Republican Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold made a very interesting conclusion to his concession speech. He said, “I hope and I intend to work with all of you in the future… So, it’s on to the next fight! It’s on to the next battle! It’s on to 2012, and it is on to our next adventure, forward!”
Our next adventure in 2012? What could Russ Feingold have meant by that?
There is a U.S. Senate race coming up in Wisconsin in 2012, but that’s for the seat held by Feingold’s ally, Herb Kohl. It seems unlikely that Feingold would challenge Kohl.
… but what about a challenge against another Democrat?
In our legislative scorecard for the U.S. Senate for the last two years, Senator Feingold is tied with Senator Jeff Merkley as the most liberal U.S. Senator. That puts Feingold in a unique position to challenge the Democratic Party’s currently leader from within.
Liberal Americans have grown increasingly disappointed with President Barack Obama over the last two years. Obama’s lofty campaign promises on issues such as peace, the environment, restoration of constitutional rights, and equality between heterosexuals and homosexuals have been replaced with inaction or contrary action to defend the legacy of George W. Bush. Obama seems to have lost his way, while Feingold has stayed on track for almost an entire generation in Washington D.C.
Russ Feingold for President in 2012 campaign buttons are already up for sale on the Internet. A genuine grassroots movement to Draft Feingold appears to be forming.
Amid this fresh energy for Feingold, the U.S. Senator is planning a trip to New Hampshire, a traditional sign of interest in forming a presidential campaign.