Friday, January 29, 2016

Russ Feingold maintains steady polling lead

Good news for a slightly saner Senate beginning in 2017 (and maybe a little bit of redemption for the voters of Wisconsin?) comes from the latest Marquette University Law School poll.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Russ Feingold is supported by 50 percent of registered voters, with Republican incumbent Ron Johnson receiving 37 percent. In November, Feingold was at 49 percent and Johnson was at 38 percent.

The poll was conducted from January 21 to 24, 2016. The full sample included 806 registered voters interviewed by cell phone or landline, with a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points.

Holding steady with a 13-point lead? We'll take it. For a reminder of how refreshing it was to have Feingold's voice in the Senate, here's a story from Meteor Blades last month, pointing to an article in The Nation.

"The last invasion of Iraq cost our country trillions of dollars, thousands of American lives and greatly destabilized the region to the terrible detriment of our security," argues the former senator from Wisconsin, who warns that "our response to the threat from ISIL cannot be reactionary or one-dimensional." […]

"Invading Iraq constitutes one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in the history of the United States, and proved that we cannot invade our way to safety in the 21st century. So our response to the threat from ISIL cannot be reactionary or one-dimensional," Feingold wrote in an article that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "And as we saw in the years after the Iraq invasion, our military cannot act as a government in the middle of a country that lacks stability and democracy, because those conditions are a recipe for our troops to become targets for insurgents and lightning rods for unstable, anti-America sentiment. We also must avoid the type of mission creep that could cause our troops to remain indefinitely."

Feingold served nearly two decades in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Clearly, the nation needs to have him there again. 

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