State party Chair Paul Farrow says the engagement he’s seeing from the grassroots is unlike anything he’s seen before.
It’s just some of them have forgotten all the conservative priorities GOP lawmakers delivered on pre-2016.
There’s been noticeable grumbling among some GOP activists over the last couple of years about the “establishment” and “Madison Republicans” over things that range from election integrity to the party’s endorsement process in statewide races.
Farrow told WisPolitics.com in a new interview previewing this weekend’s state convention that many of those frustrated with the party didn’t get active until 2016, when Donald Trump was on the ballot for the first time. They’ve also forgotten things like Act 10, right-to-work, concealed carry and photo ID that got done before they got active.
I don’t completely disagree. We got a lot done in those heady years of 2011-2016. We should remember and appreciate it. I was there. So were a lot of other conservative activists.
BUT.. 2016 was SIX years ago, And politics is not about what you’ve done. It’s about what you are going to do. Farrow and other Republicans are still looking to be rewarded for their hard work of SIX years ago. And many of those same Republicans who championed the conservative reform revolution of the Walker area have changed. They have become complacent, lazy, or outright institutionalized in Madison.
AND… Farrow and others should be spending less time reminding the base about what they have done and more time listening to the base about what the base wants them to do next.