What Did Tommy Thompson Not Say When Declaring Victory Tuesday Night?
If you love Wisconsin politics, and old-fashioned, well-tested pols then there was no better speech to listen to than that of former Governor Tommy Thompson as he accepted the party nomination for U.S. Senate.
With bluster and emotion Thompson delivered remarks that I am sure made for smiles from those who have known him over the years.
What struck me, however, was not so much what he said, but what he did not say.
It was most telling what was on his mind when he made mention of the three other candidates that be competed against in the election.
Thompson noted that former Assembly Speaker Fitzgerald is a fine man and ran a most impressive campaign, and that former congressman Mark Neumann loves his country and was to be commended for his service.
But when it came time to mention Eric Hovde all that Thompson would say is that the candidate had called him. No gracious words were given to the rich man who wanted to buy a senate seat, and had called the credibility of Thompson into question every step of the way.
I am glad that Thompson gave no fake political praise to Hovde. The conservative businessman deserves nothing more than the thanks of the state for promising us that his political career is finished. Thompson owed Hovde nothing in the remarks, and that is exactly what Hovde received.
Hovde ran a despicable campaign for senate, and his style makes clear that those who wish to buy an election should alway be held suspect in the mind of the voters.