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Aug 13, 201411:35 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke proves voters can’t be bought

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If wishes were horses beggars would ride. Take note, good government goo-goos: If money amounts to an unfair campaign advantage, then Eric Cantor would still be House majority leader, Chris Moews would be the new Milwaukee County sheriff, and Duey Stroebel would be the Republican nominee in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District.

All three greatly outspent their opponents. All three were decisively defeated.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg can spend his billions without limit on whatever cause he likes. That’s his constitutional right, despite what Mike McCabe, Jay Heck, John Nichols, and other enemies of free speech may say.

Sheriff David Clarke won re-election anyway Tuesday. He withstood $150,000 in “outside money” from Bloomberg’s anti-gun crusade. He weathered $400,000 from the “dark money” Greater Wisconsin Committee (through which the statewide teachers union laundered its members’ dues). County Exec Chris Abele threw some of his personal fortune into unhorsing Clarke, usually seen wearing a cowboy hat.

The liberal-progressive-socialist sphere hates Sheriff Clarke because he famously advised citizens, via a radio public service spot (more here), that if they wish to defend kith and kin they should be proficient in firearms — his trained deputies being minutes away when seconds count.

As quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Clarke said, “In the end elections are about voters. They’re about people. They’re not about special interests. They’re not about political parties. They’re about people. They demonstrated their support for me tonight.”

He thanked his supporters, including Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association, which spent $30,000 on mailers, robocalls, and ads. Clarke also had the support of talk radio, including Milwaukee-Madison’s Vicki McKenna.

 As the Journal Sentinel reported:

Faced with an avalanche of outside campaign dollars, Clarke said just days before the election: “I trust the voters. The voters can’t be bought.”

You are correct, Sheriff Clarke. Only sore losers blame the voters for supposedly being hoodwinked by “big money.”

Of course, Republicans crossed over into the Democratic primary to vote for Clarke, who runs under the Democrat(ic) label, absent any Republican contests. In that respect, the contest was as good as a fall general election.

Nor is Milwaukee County that monolithically liberal. It’s not Dane County. Scott Walker was elected county exec there. Nor is the city of Milwaukee a liberal monoculture.

The Economist sized up the political leanings of the 67 largest American cities and found that the city of Milwaukee was in the middle of the pack, at 35th most liberal. San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle are the most lib. (Madison, at just under the 250,000 population survey cutoff, was not ranked.) Only 11 cities, led by Phoenix suburb Mesa, Ariz., were majority conservative.


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Aug 13, 2014 01:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow... so much to process in this thing. Talk radio went big for Clarkey. So big, in fact, that he didn't need to raise any cash to run commercials. Why buy milk when you can get the cows mooing about you on the radio for hours at a time?

By the way, what does the Milwaukee sheriff actually do when it comes to law enforcement? The county is almost entirely municipal which means deputies don't exactly patrol the streets and engage with the criminal element, as they do in every other county of the state. It's mostly jail, bailiffs and process serving. And apparently talking about how great guns are on talk radio. Why shouldn't Sykes and McKenna tout him? He provides hours of free programming!

If Democrats love them their female AG candidates, then Republicans must love them their white guys in, well, every other race (no pun intended). Grothman couldn't be much whiter. Didn't he just move out of mom's place? The very portrait of success!

Aug 13, 2014 01:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

too bad clarke won,

he is a total buffoon.

conservatives should be proud.

Aug 13, 2014 01:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


what about all the money rove lost during the last elections.

no mention of that.

selective reporting again from you.

Aug 13, 2014 02:31 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

talk radio? isn't that just listened to by a bunch of middle-aged white guys? clarke should have been pummeled with long lines out the door at 8 pm, not to mention all those people not required to show voter ID! i also noticed that all the libs in Shorewood were showing their lowest tendencies by voting against the black man - how dare they!
selective reporting omitted what burke contributed to her school board election and to the governor's race so far - "selective money losing' is fun!

Aug 13, 2014 04:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

cool kev,

who cares how much Burke has put toward her elections.

look at your boys walker and johnson and tell me how much it cost them to buy their seats?

Aug 13, 2014 07:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Detroit police chief is another law enforcement official in favor of armed citizens. Any complaints about him you whiners?

Aug 13, 2014 08:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nothing gets a Progressive's shorts in a knot faster than when a person of color refuses to stay on the liberal plantation.

Congratulations to Sheriff Clarke.

Aug 14, 2014 08:48 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Come to Bring It for the right wing perspective, stay for the repetitive parroting of talk radio takes by the commenters.

Aug 14, 2014 10:14 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Hey kids! Catch the Squire's act on Wisconsin Public Radio this Friday, August 15 (a day that will LIVE ... in infamy!) from 8 to 9 a.m. wherein I debate yet another liberal-progressive-socialist sacrificial lamb.

Aug 14, 2014 10:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Kids ! Catch Blather on WPR shout down anyone that would dare to disagree with his narrow minded and factless bluster ! And please call in and point out the folly of his nonsensical and disrespectful outbursts. You will be doing us all a favor.


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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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