Russ Feingold Falls: A Look Back

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In 1993, Russ Feingold arrived at the U.S. Senate as a freshman with a number one priority: Deficit reduction. (Watch the C-Span video of his welcome press conference here.)

Tonight, about 18 years later, one of the Senate’s liberal lions lost his reelection. He had fashioned himself into a reliable independent voice in the Senate, protesting health care reform from the left, voting against financial regulatory reform because it did not go far enough, and protesting President Obama’s expansion of the military conflict in Afghanistan. Here he is last year, arguing against Obama’s foreign policy: