How did the crazies come to Wisconsin?


And this story has nothing to do with the guy who sold his name to a Finnish electronics company. That’s just a shrewd businessman.

Those of you who have read The Sconz regularly are likely familiar with my feelings about the Wisconsin Republican Party. I have often wondered aloud how a moderate state with a strong progressive tradition managed to develop such a group of psychos in one party. The theory I would most likely accept is that cable media and the internet have contributed to a development of concrete, national political ideologies which give less regard to local interests and culture. Hence, the days of the moderate Republican Party – even the days of Tommy Thompson – are long gone in Wisconsin (I’m pretty sure Thompson’s not going to run for governor).

So it’s not surprising to see state GOP candidates rallying around the same Glenn Beck-infused conspiracy theory that defines the GOP in D.C.

Sue Lynch of Onalaska, newly elected president of the National Federation of Republican Women, said the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama is “taking our rights away every single day.”

State Rep. Brett Davis, R-Monroe, is the other candidate for lieutenant governor. He said he had 100 percent ratings from pro-life, pro-gun and pro-Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s biggest business lobby group.
He also has experience at the staff level, having served Tommy Thompson when he was governor and later when he went to Washington as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

David King of Milwaukee is running for Secretary of State. He is a minister and father of 10 who uses Bible stories to illustrate his political views. He also was the only black candidate at the meeting and said that Republicans need to make an effort to outline their views to inner-city residents.

Tommy Thompson’s brother, Tomah Mayor Ed Thompson, posed this question to the audience:

“How in the world can you increase taxes and increase spending when you have a deficit?” he asked.

How in the WORLD can you increase taxes when you have a deficit? Back in the day a fiscal conservative might have been somebody who’d support raising taxes to fund essential services. Today fiscal conservative is simply a euphemism for a neo-liberal.


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2 Responses to “How did the crazies come to Wisconsin?”

  1. Ryan Says:

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a state Republican Party anywhere outside the Northeast that could pass for anything close to “sane.” Minnesota which has as progressive if not more a tradition than Wisconsin gave us Michelle Bachmann, Wisconsin, of course, gave the US McCarthyism. I’m finding it hard to be shocked by anything Republicans slash tea-partiers do or say. They’re not interested in rational policy debate and they need to be sidelined from governance to the greatest extent possible until they get their shit together.

  2. Jim Arndt Says:

    The description of that event kind of makes the candidates for governor and the candidate for Senate with any shot at all of winning seem relatively normal.

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