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

with David Blaska

Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke proves voters can’t be bought

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How did Old Sparky, that clattering contraption of recycled computer parts, fare in its election predictions? Only so-so.

✖︎ It picked my man Brett Hulsey to get 5% of the vote; he got 17%. That’s a miss.

✔︎ It correctly predicted Lisa Subeck over Mark Clear for Madison’s 78th Assembly.

✔︎ Right again on Susan Happ as the Dems’ attorney general nominee. Democrats love them their female AG candidates: Peg Lautenschlager, The Kathleen (Falk), and now Ms. Happ. (Ooops!)

✖︎ Blew a fuse predicting Duey Stroebel over Glenn Grothman, who holds a small lead over fellow Republican state senator Joe Leibham for 6th District Congress. Got fooled by the money Stroebel lavished.

◻︎ Ernie Wittwer holds a two-vote lead over Patrick Bomhack for 17 State Senate. Call that an incomplete until the inevitable recount. (But a victory for GOP nominee Howard Marklein, who campaigns while the two Dems wait in limbo.)

✔︎ Did Gary George give incumbent Gwen Moore “a scare” in Milwaukee’s congressional seat, as predicted. With 29% of the vote, mission accomplished.

✖︎ Old Sparky flip-flopped on the rural Kenosha-Racine counties Senate seat but flopped by picking Jonathan Steitz over once-recalled Van Wangaard, who overcame the RINO label and whose brave vote for Act 10 has been vindicated.

✔︎ Dave Mahoney has been re-elected sheriff of Dane County, but that was like saying The Capital Times is socialist.

A final word (promise!): The U.S. House of Reps is immeasurably enriched if Grothman can hold onto his lead. He would be a valuable ally to Paul Ryan in the thinking person’s caucus. Grothman gets the big picture, especially on issues like poverty and success; he’s no trimmer.

Right now, Old Sparky is getting a much-needed lube job.

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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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