at the local level — state house and senate and Congressional district races — our two major parties long ago agreed that carving up the electorate by party affiliation was preferable to democracy . . . by and large, there is a bipartisan understanding that some areas lean Democrat, some Republican — and it's better to pack like-minded voters into noncompetitive districts and save one's considerable resources for battles in a dwindling number of competitive ones.
More than collective bargaining rights, human rights, corporate rights or any other right, two-party hegemony and a broken redistricting process is the reason Wisconsin's state Capitol is a battleground.
What motivation would the 10 Republican and Democratic legislative leaders have for actually debating and amending Gov. Scott Walker's radical proposal to curtail public sector collective bargaining rights when, collectively, they won their most recent elections with a whopping 82 percent of the vote, including four that ran unopposed?
Those aren't elections, those are cakewalks. And if you represent a district rigged in your favor, toeing the most extreme borders of the party line and paying blatant fealty to your party's financial contributors are smart moves . . .
You'd think this would be a great time for third parties — such as they are — to make their pitch to voters.
At the Wisconsin State Journal, Chris Rickert argues that it is a good time for the people of Wisconsin to consider third party alternatives to the Republicans and Democrats. Excerpt: