The up side of confrontation is minimal and the costs are high. But as Republicans now know, failing to stand up for your values is a deadly mistake.
Progressive activists briefly took over parts of Madison, Wisconsin’s state capital, last week. But this wasn’t a protest. It was mob violence, pure and simple. In the process, the mob tore down two statues. One of them, “Forward,” was erected in 1895 as a symbol of Wisconsin’s progressive roots. The other was a statue of Hans Christian Heg, a staunch abolitionist who fought for the Union and died in battle against the Confederacy. And Democrat Tim Carpenter — a self-described gay, progressive Wisconsin state senator — said protesters beat him up when he stopped to take a picture.
In the Republican news bubble, this is huge. Everybody’s talking about it….