Magazine August 16, 2010, Issue

A Clash of Opposites

Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson (Feingold: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
Sen. Russ Feingold, the Wisconsin Democrat, finds himself in a hot race with an Oshkosh businessman

Not long ago, two friends were talking about the current election season. Both of them are conservative, but one especially dislikes the McCain-Feingold law (which restricted campaign finance and political speech). She said, “Both of them are up for reelection this year — McCain and Feingold. Wouldn’t it be great if they lost? Oh, it would be Christmas morning!” That Christmas is not likely to come for her. Sen. John McCain, in Arizona, will probably win his Republican primary on August 24 — and, of course, go on to beat the Democrat in the general. But Sen. Russ Feingold, the

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