The Making of a Candidate 2010: The Ron Johnson Campaign

November 15 2010 by Christian | Category: Uncategorized | 0 Comments »

For the past six months, I’ve been embedded with the Ron Johnson for Senate campaign – and now, the story I’ve written about the race is online. It’s going to be a five-part series, and it’s being published by Wisconsin Interest magazine. It’s a good insider look at what actually happens behind the scenes of a U.S. Senate campaign.

Read part one of the story here and check back for updates.


Part II: “RonJon Goes Rogue”

Part III: “Sometimes You Just Say Stuff”

Part IV: “A Shot at the King”

Part V: “The End of the Road”

And National Review has run an excerpt of the longer piece at their website.

Fickle Voters Call the Shots

November 12 2010 by Christian | Category: Isthmus | 0 Comments »

Oh, look at that – I forgot I had a blog.

I wrote a quick election wrap-up for the Isthmus this week, in which I wonder who the voters are that voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008 and Scott Walker for Wisconsin governor in 2010.

While I tried to be magnanimous in victory, (I actually appreciate the principled race Russ Feingold ran) the paper coupled my column with a hysterical, screechy piece by Ruth Conniff.  When the GOP got their asses kicked in 2006 and 2008, I wrote plenty about it – but I don’t recall ever being so aggressively obdurate.  I mean, really – the Republican plan is for the “radical destruction” of Wisconsin?  Good grief.