Huffington Post: Russ Feingold Was Progressive Before It Was Cool
On a number of key issues — the Iraq war, surveillance, criminal justice and same-sex marriage, among others — Republicans and Democrats alike are rushing to calibrate their policy positions with public opinion that has become more progressive, and answer for controversial past votes. As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) showed last week, some politicians are having a harder go of it than others.
Much rarer though are nationally prominent politicians in either party who supported the current consensus on controversial issues before it was popular — and have the votes to prove it.
If there is one person who comes close, it may just be former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis). Feingold, who lost his bid for a fourth Senate term in 2010 to Republican Ron Johnson, recently announced that he will be running to reclaim his old seat in 2016.