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Apr 28, 201612:32 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Donald Trump reads off Cliffs Notes

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Your Humble Squire has issued a communiqué to the Donald Trump campaign, c/o Paul Manafort, Corey Lewandowski, Rick Wiley, or To Whom It May Concern.

Should the Squire of the Stately Manor jump out of his Barcalounger and into the fray, he asks that you, Mr. Trump, eschew campaigning in California, Indiana, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and New Jersey. In return, Blaska will not campaign in Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. We are awaiting a response, Mr. Trump. Email, Facebook, Twitter, or U.S. Postal Service will get me. The clock is ticking. Willing to negotiate. I take PayPal.

M-m-m-my Fiorina

It was, I wrote of a March 30 Ted Cruz campaign event in Madison, unique.

Remarkably short of rah rah, fist pumping, or exhortation. Five empty stuffed lobby seats awaited their occupants. Certainly, one of them would be Scott Walker and the others, local poobahs. Nope! Curve ball! The event was, instead, a little bit Oprah Winfrey — but from the evangelical right. Cruz, now the favorite to win Wisconsin’s presidential primary on April 5, mainly let the women — four in particular — do the talking while he smiled and listened.”

The idea was to humanize a candidate perceived as a hard case. Two of those women were wife Heidi Cruz and the candidate’s 81-year-old mother. The third was Carly Fiorina.

“Is Carly his pick for veep?” Your Humble Squire asked then. The answer came Wednesday. (Thankfully, Richard Schweiker was not available.)

From the National Review: “From their first days together on the campaign trail, he forged a bond with his former rival. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, also hit it off with her. And at a “Women for Cruz” event in Madison, Wis., in late March, Fiorina held hands with Cruz’s young daughters as they walked on stage; held the arm of Cruz’s elderly mother as she exited; and chatted with Heidi Cruz throughout the event.”

Cruz picking Carly as his prospective veep may be a sign of desperation. A great Facebook post has Cruz telling Carly, “As soon as we lose Indiana we’ll pick a cabinet.” But a more desperate sign is laying off campaign staff. Right, Bern victims? (How can socialists lay off staff? Shouldn’t those jobs be subsidized?)

Carly does three things. 1) Interrupts news coverage of Trump’s Tuesday northeastern state landslide, 2) puts a woman on the ticket to highlight The Donald’s rampant misogyny, and 3) puts a siege cannon in the field against Trump/Hillary. Carly will get coverage on her own that most surrogates would not.

You can’t NOT quote Carly, unless you are Sean Hannity, O’Reilly, Breitbart, and other shills.

Trump apprentices foreign policy

The white lab coats here at the Blaska Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon) captured Donald Trump’s “serious” foreign policy speech Wednesday and put it under the microscope looking for signs of intelligence.

Their takeaways: 1) For once he’s taking something seriously. 2) No name-calling, no preening, no boasting. (Well, almost none.) 3) Teleprompter.

Audience reaction to Trump’s foreign policy speech.

“We must be more unpredictable,” says The Donald, but also, “disciplined, deliberate, and consistent.” The Trumpbots would say “all or none of the above!” As long as it’s Donald.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, no socialist, writes, “It was a vivid display as to why he is thoroughly unprepared to become commander in chief. If anything comes of it, one hopes that a third candidate, sickened to his stomach, will have watched this, jumped from his seat and declared himself ready to rescue the country from the possibility that Trump might be president.” — “Trump’s incoherent speech shows why he’s unfit to be president.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Trump on foreign policy was like the Swedish pop rock group ABBA covering Bob Dylan. They got the words but not the meaning.

No need for anyone to jump out of his or her chair, but maybe Condi Rice could grab a microphone. And retired admiral McRaven, retired generals McChrystal and Petraeus, and former defense secretary Robert Gates.


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Apr 28, 2016 01:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It's a mistake to say that Cruz is a "hard case." More accurate was a description put up by John Boehner today. He's a miserable SOB.

Apr 28, 2016 02:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave must be so happy to have "his" Carly back, not that it's going to make Ted Cruz any more electable.

Apr 28, 2016 06:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

prosser retiring is a blessing in itself. About time he realized he was the problem and not a solution. That's the only thing he did right, retiring. Take the benefits and run, good riddance. One loser gone. But wait, with bradley, one loser gain. Just another wash.

Apr 28, 2016 09:50 pm
 Posted by  mark

Where's Alexander Haig when you need a "steady" hand?! :)

Apr 28, 2016 10:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, I am sure you will agree that Governor Walker should not name a replacement for the Supreme Court. He should wait until the next governor is elected. We should let the people decide. If not it just lays bare your party's BS.

Apr 29, 2016 09:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

As usual you were rude, crude and impolite during your "act" on WPR. If that was an act, what are you like in real life??

Apr 29, 2016 09:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Flip dat ticket!

Apr 29, 2016 10:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

AS we all know, Cruz was annoinTED by the Almighty. That's why he is trusTED. Heidi Cruz is the exalted conduit of God. Can anyone take this stuff seriously? Vice President Carly Fiorina? I'd take McCain-Palin over that undynamic duo.

Dave, you're still in the denial phase and I get that. Trump is going to get to the convention with the magic number and the sky will not fall. If Trump needs help in the foreign policy arena perhaps he can get some advice from GWB. George looked into President Putin's eyes and found a true bromance. He protected the USA from phantom Iraqi yellowcake. George made Haliburton a much richer company and feathered the nests of a lot of neocons.

The one thing that rings out from the Trump speech to most of us is the repeated chant: think of America first. All decisions made with the best interests of Americans. Is that so bad? Or is it better to go with the Bushie policies of bringing neoconism to the Middle East? Bush and Obama have made a fine mess of just about everything. Time for an overhaul.

Apr 29, 2016 11:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

but Dave will vote for Trump, nonetheless.

Apr 29, 2016 11:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Other than the inherent amusement factor that his general lack of knowledge and incompetence trump would to the presidency, , I have a hard time differentiating between him and Hillary.

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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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