I don’t have much to say about the recall elections besides the obvious — both sides got some of what they wanted and about what they expected, it’s an interesting time to be Dale Schultz — but here’s a different Wiscopolitical question. Why don’t people talk much about Dave Cieslewicz running for statewide office? He served two very successful terms as mayor of a pretty big city, and he surely has more name recognition around the state than all but a handful of politicians. He’s a moderate Democrat — OK, he’s a liberal Democrat, but one who arguably lost his mayoral re-election race for being too “business-friendly.” He’s more of an “I like bike lanes and libraries and tech companies” liberal than a “burn the corporations” liberal. If Tammy Baldwin is a viable Senate candidate, he’s a viable gubernatorial candidate.
I know some of my readers don’t like him, so feel free to have at him here.
Maybe he’s just not interested. Here’s Cieslewicz’s blog post about why he’s not running for Congress. Now looking at this I have to concede that he’s not exactly self-presenting as a Clintonist triangulator.
So, if I went to Congress I’d go to push for another stimulus package big enough to pull us out of the re-recession we seem to be in; I’d go to pass a constitutional amendment that officially defines marriage as none of the government’s damn business; I’d go to build commuter rail, streetcars, bike paths and really nice bus systems in every city in America and high speed rail to connect them all; I’d go to pass meaningful gun control laws to slow the mindless carnage that results from there being just too damn many guns around; I’d go to do something strong to stop global climate change, starting with rejecting the notion that fossil fuels have to be the largest part of our energy portfolio even for the next couple of decades; I’d go to extend Medicare to everyone; I’d go to outlaw the death penalty everywhere in America; I’d go to stop subsidizing corporate agriculture and start providing real incentives for locally grown food.
Is “rip-roaring liberal who says damn a lot” a winning political stance?