Boss Konkel demands:
It was inevitable (as opposed to being evitable). If Kermit thought it was hard being green, just imagine trying to be pure Progressive Dane! Toe the party line, avoid the show trial and the one-way ticket to the gulag.
Brenda Konkel, party first secretary, is denouncing as a bourgeois capitalist tool none other than Satya Rhodes-Conway, mayor of the Emerald City. Brenda writes this in the latest edition of Progressive Dane’s Pravda:
People are getting angry. Feeling like they have been betrayed by what was supposed to be a radical, feminist, lefty, LGBTQ mayor that truly cares about equity and does all the things. Instead, she’s become a mouthpiece for the Chamber of Commerce/business interests. — Feeling Duped by the Mayor?
Progressive Dane endorsed the new mayor, in office only since April, over Paul Soglin. Now Rhodes-Conway stands accused of “cozying up to the Chamber” of Commerce. (The horror!) How? By quoting Zach Brandon in her announcement of improved bus service (“Metro Forward.”) The offending quote:
Bus Rapid Transit [is] … a vital investment in supporting our growing economy. This will help connect more people with jobs, increase weekend and evening service, transport young people and college students to school and significantly reduce ride times …
Brenda denounces the mayor for “only” increasing affordable housing by $500,000. The $1 million for something called “land banking”? Well, it might go for affordable housing but it could also go for (feel her dread) “employment opportunities.”
Brenda’s tiny houses campaign? Rhodes Conway deviated from party orthodoxy with this blasphemy: “Tiny Houses are cool, but you know, if people would just accept treatment . . . [for] drug abuse and addiction.”
Where is her payback?!
This grief is directed at a terminally “woke” mayor who is talking about putting bathrooms and warm face towels (O.K., the latter is exaggerated) at the top of State Street for the convenience of the vagrants who degrade the public square. (How a subscription to Progressive magazine while we’re at it?)
Read down far enough — never mind! I’ll do it for you — and you come to the gravamen of her beef: The new mayor won’t put Brenda on the city payroll!
[She] has said that she needs me (and Progressive Dane) to give her cover to support progressive ideas, but she won’t hire me. I’m supposed to just volunteer and sit down and be quiet and be a good girl and do as she says.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Nothing like a little Chicago-style payback from Madison’s self-appointed good government goo goo.