July 5, 2006
The early line
By Bill Kraus
In short, it's Doyle in a walk.
Granted the Democrats are somewhere between disappointed and disgusted with his administration ("Clinton-lite" is the kindest description), and he turns out to be a cold (as opposed to a cool) operator.
But he's doing one thing right, and he's the beneficiary of the politician's greatest gift: a flawed opponent.
The fact that there is too much power in too few hands in Madison goes unremarked. As does the fact that orange suits are the sartorial rage these days among the people who once had too much of that concentrated power.
There are probably several reasons Mark Green doesn't make the corruption issue, but none of them strike me as worthy.
But putting that aside.
The reasons Doyle will win are that he has co-opted the people who could roll out the heavy artillery against him, but won't. The business community isn't going to endorse him, may not even give him much money (which he doesn't need anyway), but they are not likely to go far beyond token opposition. Why should they?
The unhappy Democrats are going to come home, because they have nowhere else to go and they cannot abide the possibility of a God, guns, gays, death penalties and feeding tube cabal in place in three wings of the state Capitol instead of the current two. If there were a goalie of the year trophy in politics, Jim Doyle would win it. It isn't what he did so much as what he stopped others from doing that is going to count in November.
And Mark Green, a certifiably nice and able man, shows no inclination to appeal to the moderate Republicans (who can and probably will stay home) or the unhappy Democrats.
Will Doyle win?
How can he lose?
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