For most of us — especially those of us with aging bladders — feeling the urge in the middle of the night is a problem easily solved: Get up, tramp groggily to the john, do our business and head back to our warm beds and sleep.

Since Sarah Manski dropped out of the Madison School Board race two days after winning her primary, she’s been pilloried not only by the school district’s smattering of conservatives but by the same liberal, pro-democracy folks she once epitomized.

Shortly after Madison schools superintendent Dan Nerad resigned last year, School Board member Ed Hughes told me that when it comes to the Madison School District, "People want improvement, but they don't want change."