October 19, 2012
Tammy and Tommy
By Bob Menamin
As I watched the second debate between U.S. Senate candidates Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson, I was stunned by the crudely authoritarian, self-absorbed, disrespectful and bullying behavior of Thompson. This mixed with his second-grade level grammar, ignorance of basic facts and incoherent speech patterns made me feel ashamed that Thompson is a candidate for the Senate.
His pathetic "performance" might be a disqualifying event for some of those who witnessed it. The image created by his actions was an angry and boorish old man who is way past his prime. The most frustrating thing for the viewer was Thompson's clueless attitude while attempting to make a virtue out of his outrageous and ignorant behavior.
In contrast, Baldwin was a class act who attempted to have a rational conversation and debate with someone unwilling and unable to follow basic decorum in a debate forum. Thompson set the tone with his bullying and disrespectful antics forcing Baldwin to aggressively counter his manic behavior. His constant and crude interruptions required her to interrupt him so as to not be trampled by a crazy man who loves only the sound of his bombastic, incoherent voice. Indeed, Baldwin accorded Thompson a basic respect he did not deserve.
Thompson criticized Baldwin for not being tough enough on Iran. When she noted that he had personally invested $35,000 with several companies that did business with Iran he responded by saying he just found out that day about the investments and then sold them. He said despite the fact that he had listed the companies on his public disclosure statement some 10 months ago. Thompson arrogantly and wrongly stated that he was the chief architect of the Medicare D drug program. Baldwin noted that as the Secretary of Health in the Bush administration,Thompson made no provision to pay for the expensive program. Thompson retorted it was the responsibility of Congress. He was willing to take credit for the program, but was unwilling to responsibly for it.
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Sounds like the same Thompson that has always been there. It is just that not enough people in Wisnotskin saw him for what he was then and he was also just about the luckiest guy in the world when it came to being blessed by poor opposition.
Send this bad penny packing.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | October 19, 2012
This sounds like a description of every debate being held with TEAPublicans.
It's Willard Romoney blustering and invading space and badgering the President.
It is that jerk Representative Walsh attacking Tammy Duckworth in Illinois.
It is obviously the newest technique from "TEAPublican Central".
Rude, arrogant, ignorant louts showing no respect for the person they are debating with.
-Jim Kubiak | Hudson, WI | October 20, 2012
I, too, have noticed the likes of Romney, Ryan, Thompson and others of their ilk. They rant and rave, foam at the mouth, louder and louder they spout their drivel.
It's as though they know, the louder and more obnoxious they become, the more likely people won't hear them.
I can't imagine our state with Johnson and Thompson our senators concurrently. With Tammy we have a chance. With the two Republican bozos we are koched, and good.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis | October 20, 2012