Apr 1, 201611:10 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Wisconsin Talk Radio may have unelected Donald Trump
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is said to carry a scathing editorial relating to Donald Trump’s fitness or lack of same for the Highest Office in the Land. It’s sitting on the Squire’s to-read list and he’ll get to it soon. Or later.
Frankly, the JS lost credibility by cheerleading the Star Chamber persecution of conservative speech. (We do read its token conservative voice, young Christian Schneider.)
No, if anything is going to stop Trump, it will be Wisconsin’s talk radio. People like my friend, Vicki McKenna, who has a near-statewide reach. Vicki McKenna went toe-to-toe with Trump several times in the last week. The lady is fearless. Here’s one example. Like her online blurb claims, her interview is “aggressive, it’s candid, it’s devoid of BS, and it’s an exercise in holding a candidate accountable.”
And Milwaukee’s Charlie Sykes, for whom I occasionally write and with whom I have appeared on stage at his annual political lollapaloozas. Throw in Mark Belling of Milwaukee (I did his show when he was in Madison on the old WTDY) and Jerry Bader of Green Bay. All have forcefully outed Donald Trump as a shallow demagogue.
In so doing, they are making the Wisconsin primary next Tuesday a potential game changer. Badgers could well deny Trump all of our 42 GOP convention delegates, thereby destroying his aura of inevitability and almost ensuring a contested convention. Yes, The Donald could get shut out April 5 in Wisconsin, which will dominate the national news because ours is a standalone primary.
It will also destroy the liberal-progressive-socialist narrative that talk radio is monolithic. Because the Wisconsin talkers are not taking their cues from the national babblers.
Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly (who has never come to colleague Megyn Kelly’s defense), Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, The Drudge Report, Breitbart, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, and — until his recent apostasy — Mark Levin. By far the worst is Sean Hannity. In fact, Sean the Fawner is doing a one-hour love-a-thon with Trump Monday in Milwaukee. Shameless.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Kimberley Strassel attributes Wisconsin talk radio’s acumen to the heightened awareness engendered by the fight over Act 10, the subsequent liberal intifada, endless recall elections, judicial challenges, and John Doe 2 home invasions. Through all of that, the state’s mainstream media deserted Walker and his Republican allies. Only talk radio had his back.
The result is a conservative electorate that is highly informed, highly energized, and highly involved. The fights so far have given voters an acute appreciation of the conservative principles at stake, and a pride in defeating union and liberal priorities. They have radar sensitive to “fake” Republicans, and many aren’t keen on what they are hearing from Mr. Trump. — “Trump’s Wisconsin Waterloo?”
It doesn’t help that Trump trumpets the liberal-progressive-socialist line that conservatives want to jail the surviving victim of abortion (i.e., the wouldn’t-be mother). But don’t come to Wisconsin and ask Republicans for their votes after trashing our governor! Does he not know that “conservatives in Wisconsin still like Scott Walker?” asks brother Wigderson.
The irony is that Ted Cruz, who could well walk away with the great majority of Wisconsin delegates, was — like Charlie Sykes says, as quoted by Politico — “not our first choice or second choice. He’s not the best fit for Wisconsin. I know a lot of people coming on board in favor of him are swallowing hard and recognizing that this is it — this is our firewall, our firewall of sanity.”
Contested Republican convention? What have we been saying?