The Dane County Board conservatives are really good at trying to play different progressive priorities against each other.
For example, in this article about the Dane County board taking steps to protect the area lakes: Madison Politiscope: Dane County progressives push ahead on Clear Lakes Initiative
As a result, future land acquisitions are likely on the horizon, over the harumphs of conservatives like Supervisor Dave Wiganowsky, who say land buys put more imminent concerns, such as human services, at risk.
You’ll note how Mr. Wiganowsky, who does not have the best record of supporting environmental concerns or human services, is playing these two progressive priorities against each other. You’ll note how he doesn’t say something about not being able to pave everything over with roads, because excessive road funding is a conservative priority.
Not only that, the conservatives never actually come out and say that they are against cleaning up the lakes or protecting clean water, even though their actions indicate that they do oppose those things. However, it would be politically unwise to say you’re against clean lakes, so instead we get pretended concern for human services.
If you need a definition of concern trolling, here’s one from Time Magazine (2006):
Concern troll: Noun, derived from “internet troll.” A more subtle beast than your standard troll, this species posts comments that appear to be sympathetic to the topic being discussed but who, in reality, wishes to sow doubt in the minds of readers. In a 2006 New Hampshire Congressional campaign, a Republican staffer resigned after reports that he had posted to liberal blogs claiming to be a Democrat who thought the party should give up on the race.
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