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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?


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Apr 1, 2016 11:23 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sorry Blaska. Voting for Trump. In fact my entire family is voting for Trump. I can't believe Tommy is supporting Kasich. Didn't Tommy see how Kasich talked about that honest cop who gave him a traffic ticket? What a loser. Cheap and small. If I hear about his mail carrier father again I'll hurl.

Apr 1, 2016 01:55 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Sorry, Blaska. There's your problem - commenter #1, Anony 11:23. Years of talk radio created him. Gonna take more than a few negative Trump interviews to uncreate him. Talk radio in this state IS monolithic, or maybe inbred would be a better term. They're all on the same page now, the same Walker/Bradley Foundation/WI GOP-machine page. No daylight there. Their closed-ranks support is why Cruz will finally beat Trump in a primary. Your problem is what 11:23 will do when the powers that be screw with Trump at the convention. They're boneheads that pepper spray 15 year old girls in the face. Who brings pepper spray to a public rally? The same ones that want to bring guns to a political convention? Should be quite the show. Prediction: 11:23 doesn't vote in the general election.

Apr 1, 2016 02:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Trump was never electable to any position. We didn't need your bloviating buddies to bring his career to a stop.

And Cruz as "our wall of sanity"? That is absolutely the greatest gut-buster in history. While Cruz may have a couple IQ points on Trump, he is even crazier, even scarier, and much, much more dangerous to democracy that Trump. If either are on the ballot in November then Clinton wins by 7-10%

Apr 1, 2016 02:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You really need more depth of knowledge before you make comments on our environment. Maybe make some comments on ground water, surface water quality, or public perception of deer management.

PS: Swans are migratory. WI is only a minor factor in flock numbers.

Apr 1, 2016 04:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Leave it to Blaska to pin the clown car of GOP contenders on the liberals. Sure, Dave. Look everywhere else but in the mirror. Your guns at all costs, anti-government rants over the years have added up. Your fellow tea party patriots are on board and they don't want to settle for men in the employ of the institutions they hope to overthrow. You can't sweep the bastards out by electing one of them to the White House, right? You and Vicki might be able to stop this snowball from picking up more steam on its way down the hill, but you were at the top of the hill not that long ago starting the thing on its journey.

The $34k is laugh out loud hilarious. How much did Bradley get for leaving arguments early to hightail it over to bat her eyelashes at WMC?

Apr 1, 2016 05:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

talk radio is crap, they are not respected individuals. they are just a clown and the listeners are their circus. there is not one of them that have an ounce of integrity. actually they probably don't even know what the word means.

Apr 2, 2016 07:51 pm
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Donald ChaRump is like every other liberal out there. He's never done anything for anyone but himself but claims otherwise. Who else has claimed he's for gun rights but did everything against gun ownership? That would be Resident 0bama, the king of gun salesmen. John Kasich is a conservative most of the time, but he's played footsie with the libs way too many times. Ted Cruz is the best candidate to run against criminal Hillbillary and insane Bernie.

Apr 3, 2016 01:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I’m certainly voting for a lot of people, I look forward to a heavily armed contingent of trump delegates going medieval on the cruz delegates when the RNC decides that the winner (trump) has not in fact won. I’m popping the pop corn right now. Either way, trump or cruz via procedure, we get the death of the republican party. With any luck it will be true for some of the republicans themselves, via fratricide. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of feebs, nutbags and traitorous swine.

Apr 3, 2016 09:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why is it Milwaukee talk radio talks hard with Trump, yet with Walker they follow the carefully edited script sent out by the Governors office?

Apr 4, 2016 10:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave- How much have special interests donated to Bradley? The pot is calling the kettle black on this one.

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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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