“Impasse serves no one except the ideological few who seem too eager to trumpet political victory. When nothing happens, we fail. In order to finalize this budget each side must sacrifice matters of value. The system will fall apart if we as legislators don’t try to work together, to give some ground when we need to in order to move forward.”
— Wisconsin state senator Bob Jauch back in 2007, one of the many state Democrats last seen hiding out inside the Tilted Kilt in Rockford, Illinois.