One evening in March 2011, Wisconsin state representative Corey Mason (D – Racine) gained national fame (via Breitbart.com) as “Wisconsin’s Benedict Arnold,” for his role in opening the locked doors of the state Capitol Building, allowing thousands of protesters angry about Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reforms to illegally occupy it.
Never again — one would think — would a Wisconsin public official dare risk such opprobrium by lawlessly letting an angry mob into a locked government building. But one would think wrong. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce, progressive hero Karl Marx once observed. Elements of both tragedy and farce mark this newest betrayal of public trust in Wisconsin. (more…)