Failed Senator To Fundraise With Epically Failed Presidential Candidate
This evening, failed former Senator and California college professor Russ Feingold will be in Massachusetts, fundraising with failed former presidential candidate and California college professor Michael Dukakis.
In 1988, Dukakis was absolutely trounced in the presidential election, losing the presidential election by 7 million votes and enduring a 426-111 electoral college drubbing. Throughout the election, Dukakis was attacked for being weak on national defense and posed in an army tank to make himself seem strong on the issue. The photo disastrously backfired and reinforced Dukakis’ weakness on defense issues.
A quick look at some of former Senator Feingold’s votes and it seems like he should be the one trying to enhance his foreign policy credentials by posing in a tank to compensate for his weak record.
Over his lengthy Washington career, Feingold voted repeatedly against measures that would keep America safe, including:
• His vote against creating the Department of Homeland Security.
• His vote against the PATRIOT Act in the aftermath of 9/11 (the only Senator to do so).
• His vote against legislation that would allow the government to employ additional safety measures to combat lone wolf terrorists, which is especially notable in light of the recent events in San Bernardino.
Feingold and Dukakis also stand together in their dogged support of closing Guantanamo Bay prison and bringing detainees to the United States. Dukakis said in an interview that he “does not understand the reluctance to incarcerate these people in the United States,” while Feingold has taken multiple votes against prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S and penned an op-ed urging President Obama to use his executive authority to close the prison.
Meanwhile, Dukakis’ weakness on national security is just as prevalent in 2015 as it was in the 1980s, saying earlier this year that terrorists are not, “an existential threat to world order or democracy and freedom.”
The fact that Feingold’s foreign policy positions line up with someone as far-left as Michael Dukakis may make the liberal academic-crowd in California happy, but it’s clear that their views will make America less safe and that is bad news for Wisconsin.