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DPWI had a flashback just now and had to write a post about it to inaugurate Morning Martini’s new look. The theme is nothing new, though: the Democrats don’t care to run on the issues. They rely on lies and inciting outrage.

As evidenced by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s website. A quick visit to http://wisdems.org/issues reveals…nothing.

“We’re sorry, the page you were looking for could not be located.  Please double check the URL.”

For the record, I double checked the URL. That message must, by deduction, actually direct people to examine the page’s robust store of Uninhibited, Relentless Lies like the smear campaign against Gov. Walker’s tenure at Marquette.

Visiting the page provokes the same 1-watt level of intellectual stimulation as debating a Democrat, one of whom is Jennifer Shilling. I worked on the campaign that challenged the current state senator from Wisconsin’s 32nd Senate District. At no point during her campaign did she ever bother to update her website with any issues. Instead she skipped events and kicked back until one final smear campaign accusing my candidate of a crime for which he was actually exonerated.

To this day…visit http://www.jennifershilling.com/issues.

If you click on “Sample Issue,” you get the informative and thought provoking fill text of:

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Incidentally visiting the corresponding page at wisgop.org reveals a similar error to the Dems’ website, but at least it provides links to informative content. And if a surfer is particularly motivated to learn about what the Wisgop believes in, the “About” drop-down lists the GOP’s principles. No similar set of core beliefs can be readily located on the Dems’ website.

Somewhere buried in the hype and hyperbole of their website is probably an issues page, but Google “Democratic Party of Wisconsin Platform” anyway. The first hit is as you would expect.

The issues, for the DPW, are secondary to how much bile you can stir up about the opposition. It doesn’t matter what the candidate with the D next to her name actually stands for, what matters is that she’s not a Republican.

That’s not the Wisconsin I know.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.