Former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz writes a very compelling article for Isthmus about the nature of today’s politics.
When having an opprotunity to chat with a candidate I always remark in spite of the heat of a race not to fail at having some fun.
Politics, after all, can be fun. Should be fun.
But there seems nothing fun for any of those running for office this fall, and that is harmful to the process, both in terms of the candidates who put their name on the ballot to the voters who need to endure the slugfest.
What’s missing from these debates is any sense of the fun of politics, the clash of ideas, the mixing it up with your opponent over honest disagreement on the issues. The jab followed by a gleam in one candidate’s eye as if to say, I can take as good as I get, so give me your best shot. A debate between intelligent people who have a sense of humor and love the fight can be enlightening and even entertaining.
We don’t have to hate each other when we disagree about issues.