I can't help but think of Kermit the Frog's bittersweet song when I think of the 77th Assembly contest on the south and west shores of Lake Mendota. The district encompasses Middleton, tony Shorewood Hills, the upper west side of Madison, and most of the University of Wisconsin campus, including Bascom Hall and the Memorial Union.
It's easily the most entertaining legislative race in the state even though the Republican on the ballot is merely an asterisk. Truth is, as I write this, I cannot recall his name although I wish him well. Moral support, that is. No sense throwing away a campaign contribution.
The 77th is populated by what the White House press secretary calls "the professional Left." Highly educated, well paid, tenured and foolish. Big on speech codes. Expunge purple loosestrife! Death to WalMart! Kucinich for President!
The incumbent, Spencer Black, has placed his hands on Brett Hulsey to succeed him as the unforgiving Uncle Joe of state-mandated environmentalism on the Democrat(ic) party line. (I enjoyed getting under Hulsey's skin when we both served on the Dane County Board. Either I was good at it or it was too easily done.)
Hulsey also has the support of The Kathleen, the Dane County executive who would be Department of Natural Resources secretary. Got some swampland to sell? Call The Kathleen now!
The 77th is a contest of who can be greener than thou.
Hulsey's real challenge in this race comes from my sometime public radio debating partner, Ben Manski.