Burke must be an unpleasant surprise to over-confident GOP operatives as she is so many things Walker is not. Foremost, she is a sincere and authentic contrast to an egocentric career politician...
On the minimum wage, voting rights, marriage equality, reproductive rights, pay equity, environmental regulation, consumer protection, you name it, Walker adheres to a tea party playbook, not the majority wishes of his constituents. He must actually believe in those policies, or at least has rationalized them in his relentless, career-long pursuit of the next political job...
More than anything, my message to the undecided or under-motivated is that Burke would heal Wisconsin, not embark on some boomerang-like journey of political payback and score-settling.
Having known and watched her for years, Burke is precisely what she appears to be. She is reasonable, caring, genuine and modest, which is about as far from the traits of Walker as one can get and still belong to the same species.
If her candidacy is indeed bolstered by a late tide of votes from those who have not been consumed by politics, she will win.
And at that point, the politics of healing would begin.
"A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.
The right, suburbanites say "No light rail for Milwaukee."
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James Rowen, a writer and consultant, has worked for newspapers, and as the senior Mayoral staffer, in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007. Posts run also at various news sites, including The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Purple Wisconsin."