Wisconsin state Rep. Roger Rivard is trying to defend himself for repeating his father’s advice to him when he was younger, that “some girls rape easy.” ...from Salon, in an article about a Republican state representative in the state that also boasts a governor like Scott Walker
Ah, the beautiful heart of America beats on... and maybe Rivard didn't really mean it...
By the way, Wisconsin gave itself to the Republican party in 2010 and seems to have found the experience somewhat unpleasant. Unpleasant enough that Democrats have a serious hope of embarrassing the GOP in Wisconsin in November.
... With Election Day fast approaching, Representative Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat who has been rated among the most liberal members of Congress, finds herself about even in the polls with the Republican candidate, former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, who once ran for president, and who not long ago was widely presumed to walk away with the open Senate seat here.
Even Ms. Baldwin acknowledged the other day that she had been taken by surprise — “I pinched myself and said, ‘What?’ ” — when polls began tipping her way. But the election here is a reminder that advertising matters (no matter how much voters complain about it), that people make choices on individual candidates (not only party ideology), and perhaps most of all, that Wisconsin, like some of the other Midwestern states that moved toward the Republicans in 2010, may remain relatively evenly split along partisan lines.
“That’s where we’re really misunderstood,” said Jef Hall, Winnebago County’s Democratic Party chairman, pointing to his county seat, Oshkosh, among a long list of communities that can be tipped. “When it comes down to it, we’re really a 50-50 city in a 50-50 county in a 50-50 state.” ...NYT