A new Rasmussen poll out today shows Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson trailing Senator Russ Feingold 44% to 46% in Wisconsin. It just so happens that Johnson, an Ayn Rand-loving pro-life Lutheran businessman from Oshkosh, is the topic of George Will's column in today's Washington Post:
Before what he calls "the jaw-dropping" events of the past 19 months -- TARP, the stimulus, Government Motors, the mistreatment of Chrysler's creditors, Obamacare, etc. -- the idea of running for office never crossed Ron Johnson's mind. He was, however, dry tinder -- he calls Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" his "foundational book" -- and now is ablaze, in an understated, Upper Midwestern way. This 55-year-old manufacturer of plastic products from Oshkosh, Wis., is what the Tea Party looks like.
He is trim, gray-haired and suddenly gray-suited. For years he has worn jeans and running shoes to his office, but now, under spousal duress, he is trying to look senatorial -- "My wife upgraded me to brown shoes." He has been endorsed by the state party and will almost certainly win the September primary for the Republican nomination to run against Russ Feingold, who is seeking a fourth term in a year in which incumbency is considered a character flaw.
Read the rest of Will's column. Feingold hasn't faced a competitive race since 1998, but it certainly seems like Johnson will give Feingold a run for his money this year.