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Got to admit, Paul Soglin v. Scott Walker would be a hoot and a half!
For the rabble swarm at the Stately Manor, politics is a blood sport akin to boxing, NFL football, and roller derby. Like we tell our paying clients at the Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon), it’s never too early to go negative. Soglin versus Walker: Release the Hounds!
Other analogies suggest themselves:
- Bernie Sanders v. Donald Trump, the election the Democrats deserved but did not get.
- George Soros and Tom Steyer v. the Brothers Koch.
- The Big Teachers Unions v. The Bradley Foundation.
- 1968 v. 2018.
- Beta vs VHS.
Paul Soglin would bring some major wattage to a party that has faded into the wallpaper. Tom Barrett, nice guy. Mary Burke, the same. But not only did those two lack fire, there was no smoke. Not even ditch weed.
The feeling here is that Madison’s Mayor for Life was jones-ing for an attention fix. If Hizzoner does comes to his senses before next year’s filing deadline, the party reverts to the political equivalent of your father’s Oldsmobile, AM radio only.
Even with Soglin, the party seems a little long in the tooth. (Only Keith Moon died before he got old.) The state Democrat(ic) party convention in Dane County (where else?) this past weekend drove that point home. Routed at the polls last November, they double down on its author, party chairman Martha Laning. Peter Barca still leads the dwindling tribe of Assembly Democrats just as Nancy Pelosi stays on in the House of Reps. Same as it ever was.
Hillary Clinton remains the most-quoted Democrat, although we hear the asking price for her speeches has been discounted.
Instead having their fingers on the pulse of America, Democrats are lancing the capillary.
A transgender girl who identifies as a boy wants to use the boy’s bathroom at a Kenosha high school. Three Democrat(ic) legislators rush forward with legislation. By God, they’ll win back those rural counties yet. Steeped in identity politics, as Dave Cieslewicz has wisely written, they’ve lost the construction worker, farmers and factory workers.
State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and most of the Madison Common Council want to handcuff the police. Take it to the man! Bust the cops! Same as it ever was.
DOWN WITH CORPORATIONS! FREE COLLEGE!
The party of my youth has become reactionary, fending off reform and clinging to the canon of ideas that were already enshrined by 1968. The one thing today’s party has going for it is anger and recrimination, class resentment and entitlement. Destructive though it may be, at least it is energy. If they could only tap in to it! But they had that well before Donald Trump and it’s gotten them, where? On the outside looking in.
So yes, nominate for governor someone else from Madison. Not just a garden variety liberal-progressive-socialist but Havana Paul, who made his bones in tear gassed campus protests when Scott Walker was dating cheerleaders. Shut down the university! Fascist speakers off campus! Free-speech disrupters, state Rep. Therese Berceau, D-Madison, and her party have your back. Same as it ever was.
It was five years ago Tuesday that Walker became the first governor to survive a recall. He can thank Thistle and Hippy Bongstocking, Pink Dress Guy and Segway Boy and their fellow occupiers in the Great Capitol hissy fit. And Paul Soglin; he slept over at the Capitol, the political version of Woodstock. For our Democrat(ic) acquaintances, it is always 1968, tie-dyed T shirts and black Panthers. Today it’s pink pussy hats and window smashers in black. Deja vu, all over again.