WE WIN WHEN CANDATES LOSE
For as much as we want people to view public office
as a worthy aspiration and a noble calling we do wonder
why anyone would want to get into politics these days.
But in the wake of Tuesday's primary election this
editorial is to thank those who decided to run, and
especially those who lost.
That there are people who ran and lost means we
citizens won. It means we had a choice, and - at the
level of a primary - means we had a choice in a particular
party. Party politics may not be the best system
anymore, if it ever was,
and we are intrigued by experiments
like top-two races. But for now here in Wisconsin
our best shot at better government if not good government
is to have contested elections with candidates who
care enough about public service that they are willing
to risk losing. We want you to know we appreciate
your contributions and respect your efforts.