Funny thing about us Wisconsin Republicans. We respect the democratic process.
We campaigned hard, we made our arguments and we prayed for the best. The votes were counted; we lost the key statewide races. That’s how it works in a democratic republic. Sometimes you win; this time we lost. We will abide by the will of the people and try to figure what went wrong as we prepare for the next election.
Most of us went to work this morning as usual. Fed the kids their dinner, helped with their homework, and paid the bills. We retirees raked the leaves, did our civic volunteer work, and fixed that leaking faucet. Maybe poured a glass of wine.
We won’t blame ballot security measures, redistricting, campaign finance laws, Tom Steyer, George Soros, Rachel Maddow or Big Bird.
We got a new governor here in Wisconsin named Tony Evers. Tammy Baldwin is still U.S. Senator. A damn good attorney general went down. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco looks to be speaker of the House of Reps to replace Paul Ryan of Janesville.
We will not attend their inaugurations in order to disrupt the proceedings. We’ll just stay home. We won’t occupy the state capitol, heckle their speakers, shout epithets, draw swastikas on their photographs, spit at their supporters, or hassle them at restaurants. No sad songs sung noons in the Capitol rotunda.
We wear baseball caps or farm seed caps instead of those funny pink unmentionable hats. No chanting allowed.
We don’t smash windows, spray graffiti, or cry Racism (reverse or otherwise). We pick up after ourselves. We thank the police officer as we pass. The world is not ending. (It’s more like Pause mode.)
We don’t call our political opponents deplorable, nor do we mock their religious faith. Because we are Wisconsin Republicans and we have our pride.