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Apr 22, 201407:10 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Go, Brett Hulsey, go!

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Say what you will about Brett Hulsey (and the John Cusack movie Say Anything suggests itself), the man is interesting. And he’s no dummy.

In announcing his candidacy for governor Monday, he made the intelligent choice. He could not get re-elected from his State Assembly seat here in Madison after his bizarre behavior of the past couple years. Democrats have sharp elbows, and if there is one place where the bench is deep, it is here in the politically monochromatic Emerald City. They smell blood in Hulsey’s west side district and are circling.

Brett Hulsey will play well in a Democratic primary for governor. For one thing, the news media love a good fight. Hulsey for Governor will appeal to the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, as Howard Dean would say. There is seething resentment among the bluer of the species over the high-handed imposition from the party bosses of a focus-group-tested candidate like Mary Burke. A safe, vague, vacillating, vapid, non-union, job-outsourcing, one-percenting ice queen?

Did the hated Scott Walker get where he is by playing it safe?

Democratic primary voters want to smell some scorch. They want their rabble roused, their resentments inflamed, their self-righteousness stroked. Brett Hulsey gives them “us versus them.”

Besides, they’re not all that sure anyone can beat Walker. They threw everything against the wall in the recall two years ago and nothing stuck. Not even resurrecting a secret John Doe investigation (into — what? Politics?) moves the needle in their direction.


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Apr 22, 2014 08:22 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Brett Hulsey candidacy is very good for the Walker camp, not that the Governor needed any help against the marshmallow Burke campaign.

It will move the Democrat race to the Left for much of the 2014 campaign season. Independents will hear a lot this summer that will make Walker look like a statesman by comparison, without Walker even lifting a finger. The ripple effect will be Republican assets that were earmarked for the Walker race can be redirected to GOP efforts in Assembly and State Senate races.

So everybody wins in 2014, as long as you have "R" after your name.

Apr 22, 2014 08:31 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Brett's website is up:
Send him some of that dark and mysterious Koch money today!

Apr 22, 2014 08:49 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Good analysis Squire, and good prose. Hope you mop up lots of rich, creamy dark money in your capacity as shadow Treasurer.

Apr 22, 2014 09:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Again with the cuts against Mary Burke, a true community-minded business person, from a guy collecting his state government pension check. When Madison Prep was looking for funds, Burke opened the checkbook. When local business people are in need of a mentor, Burke gives her time enthusiastically. When the school board needed some common sense, she stepped up and weathered the teacher's union's worst.

For all this, she gets "A safe, vague, vacillating, vapid, non-union, job-outsourcing, one-percenting ice queen" from Madison's so-called business magazine?


Apr 22, 2014 09:52 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Madison Prep: turned down
Madison School Board - votes present on issues
Leadership? Don't see it.
At least you know where Hulsey stands.
And I look forward to voting for him in the primary like I Faux-Falked in the recall

Apr 22, 2014 01:20 pm
 Posted by  Torrey

At least Brett remembered to purchase prior to announcing. That already puts him one step up on Burke.

Apr 23, 2014 06:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Go Brett. My favorite Democrat because he is so entertaining. I'd vote for an entertaining Democrat any day over Ms. safe, vague, vacillating, vapid, non-union, job-outsourcing, one-percenting ice queen. Brett even sent me a nice personal mailer post card a week ago with a commitment to spend as much as he can of that tax surplus. He's the MAN!

Apr 23, 2014 12:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This will help Burke. She will look great next to Hulsey who is NUTZ! A lot of the criticism of Burke's campaign is from perennial losers on the left who hate the idea of anybody winning anything. Burke is doing exactly what she needs to do -- she's running down the middle. That's dangerous for Walker.

Don't get too complacent. A lot of people aren't too happy the Guv is running for president before his first term as Guv is up.

Apr 23, 2014 03:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

LOL. I guess you wouldn't be a blogger if you didn't hide your valuable observations in a bluster of over-generalizations that portray oodles (yes oodles) of people as if they were all cartoon characters.
I don't "hate Walker". I "hate" his world view, but I admire him. He really delivers. He does what people want him to do, he does not apologize for his goals, he is relentless and he doesn't care what people say about him, he sticks to his principles. I would SO LOVE to have a guy who thinks "left" in WI be as committed. People like to say it's money that works for Republicans, and Walker particularly, I don't think so. Grothmann, Palin, any "nut" on the Republican side lets it fly and finds a huge group of people to resonate with. There's "crazy" all over politics now. And, deadly serious people too. I'd put Walker amongst the deadly serious ones.
I only want what you have - a guy who goes for it. That's not wrong. What I get though, is weaselly idiots like Tate and Zielinski. The Burke choice was a bad one in my opinion. I don't think it really has to do with how Blue I am, I'm bluer than most on a few issues but I support CC and a few other Republican issues as well. It was wrong not because I'm a whiny standard-issue lemming Liberal, but because of all the important things which it robs us of. All the good parts of politics and our system of government are crapped on by these kinds of almost fascist Tate moves. It flies in the face of all that corny stuff you & I were taught, and believed in, about the Founding Fathers and all that in school. Super-strong party control exists in nations NONE of us wanna live in. There's no good reason for this, other than Tate being a control freak. If Burke won she'd be dependent on behind the scenes guys in order to function. She's not ready.
But like I said, it's not wrong to want a guy who says what they mean, and aren't so afraid to say (as you said) "anything". So yeah, say anything. And Zielinski? Say nothing. Please.

Apr 25, 2014 06:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, you are a horse's ass -- the very definition of what is wrong with politics today. Is Mary Burke an evil person, like you paint her? I don't know her, but I suspect that she is far different from the pictures you draw.

Yes, there are lefties who make the same stupid claims about the Governor. Two wrongs don't make a right, Blaska, so how do you justify your worth?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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