Apr 13, 201602:15 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
No mojo for Scott Walker? No soup for John Nichols
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Hitchhiking through Europe in the summer of 1971, I met a scion of the Pozzo di Borgo family in Corsica. The tall young man took me in his Alfa Romeo to the heights above Ajaccio to view what was left of the Tuileries, destroyed in the Paris Commune of 1871. Once the palace of Napoleon Bonaparte, the remaining stones were transported to the island of his birth and reconstructed there by young Pozzo di Borgo’s ancestors.
Dominating the vast entrance hall was a life-size portrait of Charles André, comte Pozzo di Borgo, a general who hired out to whatever kingdom, principality, or duchy was fighting his fellow Corsican, Bonaparte. The latter was pictured, too: abject and defeated. To the victor …
My old comrade, John Nichols of The Capital Times and The Nation, hires out for the same kind of vendetta as long as the enemy is Scott Walker. You know it’s personal when John praises even Donald Trump, as long as Trump is trashing Gov. Walker. But in this case it’s the loser trying to rewrite history.
Walker does not have his mojo back, Nichols asserts, evidence to the contrary. (Read and weep.)
“It’s amusing to hear Wisconsin conservatives … asserting that the Wisconsin primary victory of Ted Cruz … was some kind of victory for Walker.” Go ahead and laugh now, John. But Walker always manages to laugh last.
• The socialist scribbler counts the votes of Trump and Kasich, discovers they total slightly more than Cruz’s total, and concludes that it is a rejection of Scott Walker. Amazing! It’s a three-way race, John.
• Walker made no difference? Early opinion polling showed Trump would win Wisconsin. In February, the unimpeachable Marquette Law School Poll had Trump up 30% to 19% for Cruz to 8% Kasich. Voters on April 5 reversed that to 48% Cruz, 35% Trump and 14% Kasich. That was pretty much aligned with the new Marquette Poll, released March 30. Walker had loudly signaled his intention to endorse Anyone But Trump well before polling began for that March 30 survey.
When Walker endorsed Trump’s principal rival, Trump doubled down by trashing Walker. The Donald was oblivious that Republicans here have walked through fire and rain with Walker, that his approval rating is 80% among them.
• Cruz only carried 27 counties, Nichols cavils. Yeah, counties like Waukesha, Milwaukee, Brown, Winnebago, Racine, and Dane. In other words, the most populous. (By the Comrade’s yardstick, Mitt Romney should be president today.)
• Nichols snarks (if it wasn’t a verb, it is now) that “Walker allies may want to whisper” that Walker is vice presidential material but “is not likely to top any serious lists.” Then along comes Trump to name Walker as a vice presidential possibility (and the man don’t whisper). Significant that Trump names Walker as one of three possibilities after bringing aboard political insider Paul Manafort.
• If Walker and his Republican legislature are so toxic, how did it transpire that Republican candidates outpolled Democrats by almost 100,000 votes?
• Most telling, in 946 words the name Rebecca Bradley appears not once in Nichols’ partisan screed. You know: Bradley, the newly elected state Supreme Court justice? The one appointed three times to ever-higher courts by Gov. Scott Walker? Tied to Walker like kindergartners on a field trip. The lady won by 91,000 votes despite The Capital Times, Wisconsin State Journal, and the Milwaukee daily’s feeding frenzy for old dirt.
• Here’s another name that didn’t make the cut: Chris Larson. The sharp-elbowed Democrat is a favorite at the CT for defenestrating moderate, school-choice Democrats. Lost big to Chris Abele for Milwaukee County exec.
No, if Walker has no mojo, neither does The Capital Times. Its editor, Paul Fanlund, came out word processors blazing for Hillary Clinton. (“Count me out of the Bernie Revolution” and “It’s time for progressives … to get behind Hillary Clinton.” The lady lost 57%–43% statewide and — more damnably — 63%–37% in Dane County. No mojo for the corporation that styles itself Dane County’s progressive voice.