March 10, 2011

WINNING LIKE CARTHAGE:

What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington (E.J. Dionne, 3/09/11, RCP)

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation's capital.

The Washington Democrats, including President Obama, have allowed conservative Republicans to dominate the budget debate so far. As long as the argument is over who will cut more from federal spending, conservatives win. Voters may think the GOP is going too far, but when it comes to dollar amounts, they know Republicans will always cut more.

In Wisconsin, by contrast, 14 Democrats in the state Senate defined the political argument on their own terms -- and they are winning it.

By leaving Madison rather than providing a quorum to pass Gov. Scott Walker's assault on collective bargaining for public employees, the Wisconsin 14 took a big risk.


And lost. The idea that Beltway Democrats should flee in order to avoid the consequences of elections speaks volumes about the state of political thought on the Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2011 7:01 AM
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