The conclusion which I reached, and on which I will expand is best reflected in a take-off from that famous comic strip philosopher, Pogo: "We have met the "special interests" and they is us!"
Mr. Kane and I conducted an E-mail debate over that contention. My point was that Judge Butler’s integrity could be called into question when he accepted Governor Doyle’s appointment to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He had previously lost a contested 2000 election for that same seat to Judge Diane Sykes by a substantial margin. Certainly he knew that his liberal judicial philosophy differed by a substantive margin from Judge Sykes’s conservative judicial philosophy – and that the election result left no doubt which judicial philosophy the electorate supported.
Mark Twain was quoted "Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel." I ignored this excellent advice the last few weeks. First, debating with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane by E-mail, over whether Judge Louis Butler would have better preserved his integrity by declining Governor Doyle’s appointment to the State Supreme Court after losing his first election against Judge Diane Sykes by a substantial margin. Anyone interested in more detail on this subject is referred to my previous blog.