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Earlier this year Bryan Rude wrote that he would "hold his nose" and vote for Trump. He could hardly have anticipated the ugly chaos at the top of the Republican ticket. He's a voter of conscience, like many moderate Republicans around here, and ...

Earlier this year Bryan Rude wrote that he would "hold his nose" and vote for Trump. He could hardly have anticipated the ugly chaos at the top of the Republican ticket. He's a voter of conscience, like many moderate Republicans around here, and I suspect he will do the right thing now.

The right thing seems to be harder for local politicians like Congressman Sean Duffy, R-Wis., and state Rep. Romaine Quinn, R-Rice Lake, who have to gamble on which public posture gets the most votes. Do they disown Trump and suffer backlash from the "Trump or else" bunch? Or do they pinch even tighter and trust Trump doesn't do more to stink up the place. Both claim the moral high road, Judeo-Christian values specifically, so the choice shouldn't be that hard.

Power and corruption are often connected. Trump's billions corrupted his judgment of the Constitution, of diverse races and religions, and evidently his opinion of women. It happened too in Wisconsin, where, as leaks to the Guardian have shown, millions in backdoor money for Gov. Scott Walker and his Supreme Court candidate built a formidable and corrupt power center in Madison.

Moderate Republicans did not ask for extreme change in Madison any more than they asked for Trump. They wanted lower taxes and less regulation but are dismayed to see the damage done to public schools, lakeshore zoning and the DNR, to name a few examples. It took millions, yet the Tea Party now controls all three branches of Wisconsin government. And it poured big money into Rep. Quinn's campaign, even paying for that oversized Quinn card hung on your front door by paid staff.

Voters have to put down hard the crazy world views represented by the Tea Party and Donald Trump. We need a return to balance.

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