Good­bye, Tommy

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“You wouldn’t know it from his ill-fated pres­i­den­tial bid, but for­mer Wis­con­sin Gov. Tommy Thompson — the latest ca­su­alty of the White House sweep­stakes — was once a for­mi­da­ble po­lit­i­cal fig­ure and one of the most suc­cess­ful re­form-minded Repub­li­cans of the 1990s,” W. James Antle III writes at Na­tional Re­view On­line (www.na­tion­al­re­view.com.

“Be­fore he be­came that fel­low whose hear­ing aid mal­func­tioned dur­ing de­bates, Thompson was best known for cut­ting taxes, pro­mot­ing school choice and, above all, prov­ing that wel­fare re­form works,” Mr. Antle said.

“In fact, con­ser­va­tives once hoped Thompson would run for pres­i­dent, if only to save the party from list­less, re­form-averse pols like Bob Dole. But by the time he fi­nally took the plunge, his mo­ment had long passed. The is­sues he cham­pi­oned as gov­er­nor of Wis­con­sin seemed less press­ing to post-9/11 Repub­li­cans, and he never par­tic­u­larly dis­tin­guished him­self as sec­re­tary of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.”

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