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Preview of coming distractions

isconsin Political Fix
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June 22, 2010

By Bill Kraus

A recent WisPolitics luncheon featuring the chairs of the state’s two main political parties quickly sank into yet another juvenile, schoolyard shouting contest:

“My candidates are better.”

“Are not.”

“Are too.”

Your candidates are liars.”

“Are not.”

“Are too.”

After an hour or more of this, the audience was most likely to conclude that these candidates should not be running for important political offices; they should be run out of town on a rail instead.

I was probably the only one in the room who came hoping to learn about the state of the parties. How many members? How much money? What affect is the Tea Party movement having on either of the above? Are they worried that California’s anti-party proposition could spread to Wisconsin?

None of these subjects came up.

It’s possible that some members of this politically sophisticated, browbeaten audience were inspired or pleased by this exercise in mutual self destruction, but the comments that I overheard were more along the lines of, “If this is what we get in June, what will be hearing in October?”

The audience was, in a word, mostly disgusted.

Is there any hope that these campaigns will turn away from personality attacks, from demonization, and toward new ideas and positive proposals to save our sinking ship of state?

Not if party leaders Mike Tate and Reince Prebius have anything to say about them.

For shame.

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