Well, it's official. First it was the Maple Bluff Board of Trustees. Now the U.S. Senate. Maybe it's just time for Terrence Wall to move on to a presidential campaign. And who knows, because he wants to make clear that he isn't leaving resigned to obscurity:
Wall took a defiant tone in the press statement announcing he was ending his campaign.
"We did show that we could win this race and we did so running an honest, clean campaign," Wall said. "Last October, the polls showed us down double-digits and few had heard my name outside of Dane County. Recent polling now shows that we have closed within the margin of error."
What polls? And if he was so electable, then what didn't the convention like about him?
What I suspect, but haven't heard from anybody, is that the GOP leadership felt Wall was dead meat and ushered Ron Johnson into the race. Even Johnson admitted (in a style that betrays woeful lack of political tact) that he was convinced to run by Fox News political strategist Dick Morris, who said "if you're a rich guy in the state of Wisconsin maybe you ought to decide to run." What I can't figure out is how the GOP leaders communicated this opinion to the convention at-large. Was the Wall tax issue big in GOP circles?