Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS PAC has just committed $1.2M to helping help former governor Tommy Thompson defeat his democratic opponent in the Wisconsin race for U.S. Senate. This was in additional to prior spends of $500,000 and $961,000, and puts his group’s contibutions at over $2.6M in the dead-heat race.

Professor Jacobson addressed the Tea Party split that is largely considered to have won the Republican nomination for Thompson.

Thompson’s opponent, Tammy Baldwin, is being labeled “too extreme for Wisconsin,” which seems appropriate given her extremely liberal record as a U.S. Congresswoman. Besides being the cofounder and cochair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, she authored legislation to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

Her list of endorsements is somewhat chilling. In the fall of 2004, the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the U.S., endorsed Tammy Baldwin, calling her status as a lesbian, “symbolically important”:

Incumbent Tammy Baldwin vocally supports equal rights, gay rights, and expanded health insurance benefits, and her public posture as an out lesbian is symbolically important. Left critics widely view her leadership, however, as disappointing and ineffective. Like Feingold, she faces well-funded right wing opposition.

And, according to KeyWiki:

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to “reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security”, primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Tammy Baldwin in her successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Wisconsin.

Crossroads’s commitment to the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race may be not just fiscally important, but also “symbolically important,” showing that, once again, the nation understands that Wisconsin’s fate could impact all our states.