There is primary race taking place to chose her Republican challenger. Since former WI Governor Tommy Thompson put his hat in the ring, everyone has assumed that he would not only be the Republican nominee, but that he would likely do a good job of challenging Baldwin.
Things got a little complicated on that road to Oz!
Thompson is going to have to get by 3 challengers to win the nomination - Eric Hovde, Mark Newman and Jeff Fitzgerald. Earlier this week, Public Policy Polling found Hovde leading Thompson 31-29.
It's the Tea Party putting Hovde over the top. Non-Tea Party Republicans split evenly between Hovde and Thompson at 31%, but Tea Partiers give Hovde an 18 point advantage at 39-21.And then a couple of days later, the tea party group FreedomWorks endorsed Hovde.
While its true that Hovde is no Christine O'Donnell (hasn't claimed to have dabbled in witchcraft...yet), he's likely getting some traction for these remarks during a Q&A at a Chamber of Commerce event where he was stressing his concern about the national debt.
I see a reporter here. I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, ‘Oh, the person couldn’t get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.’ You know, I saw something the other day — it’s like, another sob story, and I’m like, ‘But what about what’s happening to the country and the country as a whole?’ That’s going to devastate everybody.Sob stories my ass!!!!! I guess we can take it for granted that Hovde's never been hungry or had to struggle to feed his kids.
But just like the Republican presidential primary, I won't claim to have a dog in this race. What I will do is continue to document the chaos the Republicans unleashed on themselves when they empowered the extremist wingnut base of their party.