Reports are that the Wisconsin Capitol will be cleared of protesters starting later this afternoon. If this is in fact the case, I hope that it happens peacefully. A violent or disruptive process at this point could overshadow a protest that has been remarkably civil.
More importantly though, what does clearing the Capitol building accomplish at this point? The short answer has to be nothing.
As long as the fourteen Senate Democrats remain in hiding, all fiscal legislation remains on hold. Since we are in the midst of trying to address our current budget shortfall and have to put in place the next budget before July, 1, the flight of the fourteen amounts to shutting down the important work of Wisconsin's government.
Whatever happens this afternoon, it's important to remember that the missing Senate Democrats have silenced the voice of many voters who went to the polls last November and elected Governor Walker and GOP majorities in the legislature.