The Club for Growth is pouring TV ad money into the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary attacking both Tommy Thompson and Eric Hovde - - for not being as authentically conservative as Mark Neumann.
For Tommy, it's chickens coming home to roost, but for Hovde? An elevation to real-candidate status, as the polls show. I'm guessing Hovde's personal and campaign spending will flick these ads off like a lady bug on your wrist.
Setting aside the comic relief - - Tommy's dramatic 'real conservative' re-branding is undermined from the right, and Hovde, the hedge fund Tea Partier, isn't accused of being not conservative enough? - - it's downright amazing that money is being flushed away on Neumann, who is sitting at 10% in the polls and lost statewide races to both the liberal Russ Feingold and conservative Scott Walker.
Where's his electability?
Which is a reminder that many Republicans are still peeved at Neumannn for even running against Walker in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary, and having held a press conference where he said Walker's fiscal record was worse than Jim Doyle''s.
Neumann, a former congressman, said fellow Republican Walker has proposed budgets over the past eight years that have been higher than Democrat Gov. Jim Doyle's.Still - - every dollar spent this way is a dollar not aimed at Tammy Baldwin or Barack Obama, so please, more Club for Growth ads on Neumann's behalf.
Until now, Neumann has been reluctant to initiate attacks on Walker. He has been critical at times of Doyle, who is not running for re-election, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the leading Democrat in the race.
Neumann says as governor he would limit spending to 1% less than the rate of inflation. Had this been done over the last eight years, Neumann said, his budgeting would have produced $4 billion available for tax cuts.
Neumann stood outside Walker's office at the County Building on Wednesday morning, and as he has done at other media events, he was armed with charts and graphs.