Ben Manski, the Green Party candidate who lost his bid for a West Side Madison Assembly seat to Democrat Brett Hulsey last year, has great ideas for opening up the political system and correctly identifies the existing redistricting process as “an incumbency protection racket.”
But on the collective bargaining issue, Democrats are on his side, and the current conflict should not be about “building any party at the expense of progress,” he said.
Likewise, Nate Friedl, an organizer of the Fort Atkinson-based tea party group Rock River Patriots, said members “very much support the governor.” Tea partiers are not looking to spawn a new party anyway, he said, but to influence the direction of an existing one. To the extent that his group can help defeat Republicans too closely tied to corporate interests in the future, for example, it will, he said.
But that’s the problem when the Republican and Democrat parties go to war. It’s not until later that you realize it didn’t really matter who won — because we all got beat.