I'm too depressed about the loss of Russ Feingold as Wisconsin's US Senator to write a post about it. Matt Rothschild summarized it as well as anyone in his post for the Progressive:
The old rules of politics no longer apply.
You can win every debate, as Feingold did.
You can get practically every newspaper endorsement in the state, as Feingold did, including some very conservative ones.
You can be a loyal and dutiful servant of your constituents, coming home every weekend and visiting every county every year, as Feingold did.
And you can still lose.
One reason is money, and the hideous Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which opened the floodgates.
“Common Cause of Wisconsin estimated the total spent at $40 million to $45 million for the senate race, a record amount. Outside groups spent about $5 million, most of that on ads opposing Feingold,” according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
How ironic it is that Feingold, who more than any other Senator tried to limit the poisonous influence of corporate money in politics, succumbed to that very disease.
...Now Feingold leaves with his dignity and his principles intact.
- Barry Orton