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  The effort to sideline Tommy Thompson
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Last EditedCOSDem  May 26, 2011 08:32pm
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News DateFriday, May 27, 2011 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe long knives are out for Tommy Thompson.

In the two weeks since Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl announced his plan to retire in 2012 and Thompson signaled his interest in running for his seat, the former four-term Wisconsin governor once heralded as a conservative superstar has come under sustained attack from an unlikely source — other conservatives.

It’s a jarring reintroduction to the political arena for Thompson, whose pioneering welfare reform efforts in Madison served as a model for Republican governance in the 1990s. Now, he finds himself dismissed as a useless relic from another era and, worse, a cheerleader for President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

His chief tormentor is the Washington-based Club for Growth, the anti-tax, pro-limited-government group that has shown him no deference despite his record in office.
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