Monday, April 11, 2005

Feingold Divorcing

Wisconsin Senator and -- until now -- likely 2008 Democratic Presidential contender Russ Feingold and his wife have announced they are getting divorced.

He and his wife of 14 years, Mary, issued a statement through Feingold's Senate office saying, "We are separating amicably and intend to remain very good friends."

The marriage was the second for both. They did not have children together. Feingold, 52, has two daughters from his first marriage. Mary Feingold has two sons from hers.
What kind of impact will this have on a potential Feingold candidacy? There are far too many variables for anyone to make that call right now.

Sidenote: You may have noticed the trackback and comments are gone. That's not a glitch -- I took them down. I'll have a more in-depth post on this later this evening, but I just wanted to let you know that if you want to get in touch, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

posted by Scott | 4/11/2005 | |


In case you hadn't noticed, there are a few changes here at DemWatch. It's nothing too major if you're a casual reader. However, the comments and trackback are gone. For some regular readers and commenters, I'm sure that's quite a shock. While I apologize for pulling it all down so abruptly, I've decided that it's the right thing to do for the site.

Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that this site was never meant to be a 'community'. DemWatch was a place for me to pull together news stories about the Democratic efforts to regain some power in the federal government and comment on them. Somewhere along the line -- Armando's needling, the Democratic primary debates, I don't know exactly -- it seemed like a good idea to let my readers jump into the fray. By and large, people kept quiet, but some brave souls made themselves quite comfortable. A few got a bit too comfortable, and I gave them the boot. But they were certainly not the majority.

I'm glad I've had a pretty active comments section for a relatively small blog, but at the same time, I've found myself more focused on the comments and less on the site itself (and I've actually got the word counts to prove it). Part of me was worried that pulling the comments would appear to be some sort of retreat from debate, which is not my intention. But when it comes down to it, DemWatch was never meant to be a forum for debate, so it doesn't matter anyway.

If anyone wants to e-mail me about this, please do so. I might even update this post with some of the back and forth. Down the road, the comments might come back. But for now, consider yourselves on vacation.

posted by Scott | 4/11/2005 | |
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