One of the most striking things about the Madison protests to me has been the sustained peaceful – even jovial – nature of them.
I fear that tone is changing.
I don’t think I’ve ever been in a city so collectively angry as Madison has been during the last 48 hours or so, especially since Gov. Scott Walker introduced his budget on Tuesday. As I mentioned in my last post, there’s good reason for anger in many cases.
But there’s never a good reason to follow around a Republican lawmaker, berating and intimidating him, as protesters did Tuesday to Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend. Believe it or not, Grothman – like the protesters – believes he’s doing a public service for the state. He doesn’t deserve to be chased around the Capitol, just as protesters don’t feel they deserve to be locked out of the Capitol.
While perhaps most of the protesters would not engage in the behavior shown in the video above, a few more instances of taking the low road could quickly turn most public favor away from the folks standing in opposition to the elimination of collective bargaining rights.