With friends like theseIf you're among the many who are trying to make sense of where Wisconsin and national politics have gravitated in the past several years, here's a suggestion:
The "tea party" movement deserves the careful attention of progressives and, if it should ever wise
up, the Democratic Party's attention, too.
I don't mean attention in the sense of political strategy -- figuring out how to disrupt or co-opt tea party power or influence. Nor do I mean buying into the teabag legislative agenda, which would be foolish. I mean attention in the form of an understanding ear. Progressives should make every possible attempt at rapproachment, even if it means starting out on their turf and, for awhile, standing stoically in the face of great abuse.