Nov 9, 201603:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Consider America pinched (if not goosed)
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Did not see that coming.
The experts were confounded one more time Election Day, Tuesday, in the biggest confoundation of them all. At least since Dewey defeats Truman.
My friend, Madison housing provider Dave Keller, messages: “Trump wins, we hold the Senate and House, pick up seats in the Wisconsin Legislature, and Cubs are world champs. Pinch me.”
For an uprooting of the old order, the comparable election in American history might be Andrew Jackson upsetting the eastern elite and John Quincy Adams in 1828. For better and worse.
On Wisconsin! No one thought we would be a presidential decider. Our state went Republican for president for the first time since Ronald Reagan handed Walter Mondale his lunch in 1984. Ron Johnson, given up for dead by his own party two months ago, easily won re-election — the first Republican to win in a presidential election year since Bob Kasten in 1980.
Our national government is now solid Republican — president, Senate, and House. Antonin Scalia Jr., whoever s/he is, will be appointed the deciding vote on the Supreme Court. The First and Second Amendments are safe.
Speaker Paul Ryan promised to “Go big and go bold,” which has been Scott Walker and his Republican legislature’s game plan.
Wisconsin Republicans actually added one seat to their majority in the Assembly — it’s now 64–35. The Senate also picked up one seat; maybe two, depending on the outcome of Dan Kapanke versus incumbent Jennifer Schilling in La Crosse. And Schilling was one of the Dems’ brightest hopes to challenge Walker two years hence. So was county executive Mark Harris in Winnebago County, who lost his state senate campaign.
Quote of the day — comes from Russ Feingold: “I don’t understand what’s going on in this country.”
Non-quote of the day — comes from Peter Barca, leader of the state Assembly Democrats. He could not be reached for comment. What could he say? What is the Democrats’ message? What is in their tool kit that still works? Free college?
Quick, more socialism
Some did see it. Tommy Thompson saw it. In Sunday’s State Journal Mitch Henck suggested, “Trump may do better than polls suggest.” Right next to him on the page, syndicated columnist Steve Chapman writes, “These days, it’s Republicans who face a nearly impregnable electoral fortress.”
Typical, however, were these Election Day headlines from Greg Humphrey’s blog (a Madison liberal I respect and admire):
“Exit Polls Show Why Trump Campaign Nervous Tonight”
“Will Donald Trump Concede Election Tonight Following Vote Count?”
Always helpful, The Nation magazine prescribes still more snake oil: “Only socialism can defeat Trumpism.” The magazine of John Nichols prophesied on Nov. 4 thusly:
It’s Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Hillary Clinton has defeated Donald Trump. Media commentators and political observers are celebrating the triumph of rationality …
Well, today it really is Wednesday, Nov. 9. Media commentators and political observers are slapping their foreheads. And socialism did again Tuesday what is has been doing nationally and in Wisconsin for four elections in a row — namely, defeat Democrats.
Some day, even Dave Zweifel and Paul Krugman may acknowledge that Obamacare really is not popular with the people of America. You know, those Deplorables.