My initial reaction to the termination of the Joe Doe investigation can be found over at Right Wisconsin. (Sorry, it's behind a pay wall.) I am not one of those conservatives who claim that the investigation was a witch hunt (I don't pretend to know) but it was troubling both in its conception and execution. It has been my view that we are not served by vaguely worded statutes defining political crimes that can be interpreted to apply to both true abuses of power and garden variety politicking. Expecting those crimes to be enforced by partisan elected officials - even those with the best of intentions - further aggravates the matter. Ordinary politics ought not to be criminalized.
Nor are we served by the kind of partisan irresponsibility that marked
much of the public discussion of the Doe. I found it shocking that a
member of the bar running for Governor allowed rampant speculation
about a legal proceeding to be advanced in his name. I understand that
politics ain't bean bag and a political campaign can be a bit like a
fist fight. You could hit in the face and you lash back. But all the
sepia toned ads about Scott Walker and Dragnet-style Democratic party
websites would look silly today if they had not been so irresponsible
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin.