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Aug 11, 201601:16 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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My letter to Brad at the GOP

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As part of a national effort to save the soul of the Republican Party, I sent this letter today to Wisconsin’s members of the Republican National Committee:

Brad Courtney

Chairman, Republican Party of Wisconsin

Dear Brad:

I was an alternate delegate to the national convention in Cleveland this July. It was a wonderful experience, but my conscience is bothering me. 

During the primary season, I supported Scott Walker, then Marco Rubio, then Ted Cruz. At the convention, I gave a quote to the Wisconsin State Journal that I would vote for Mike Pence. Hell, at this point, I could go all in for Jim Gilmore. I am not a sore loser. I am only sorry that I did not speak up at that first Monday’s breakfast caucus at the Hilton to urge that we avert this looming disaster. I know I would have spoken for many delegates.

I changed political parties in 1980 to become a Reagan Republican. I worked for Tommy Thompson and am proud to call him my mentor. Today, I am a Scott Walker/Paul Ryan Republican. Donald Trump may well be right that Republicans need to reverse course on international trade, nation building, and other issues. He may be right on issues, but he is wrong on character.

Donald Trump is a pathological narcissist, an embarrassment to our grand old party. Unstable, demeaning, petty, and downright dangerous. How did we manage to choose the one person who cannot beat Hillary Clinton, the weakest candidate in a generation?!

Donald Trump is a terrible candidate. Just one example: Instead of allowing the Gold Star Khans their 15 minutes of fame he keeps the story alive through multiple news cycles. And now an obvious call for the Second Amendment solution if Hillary does win the presidency. (And I am an NRA member.) He would make a worse president.

No poll shows that he can beat Hillary Clinton. Here in Wisconsin, Trump is down 15 points, according to the Marquette Law School poll.

Good and decent party leaders like Michael Grebe, Reid Ribble, and Scott McCallum want no part of Donald Trump — and their numbers are growing, thanks to the efforts of the Great Disuniter. Let’s unify our party!

Image credit: Tim Donovan

Under Rule 9(a), the Republican National Committee may fill “vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise” of the Presidential nominee. “Otherwise” includes disqualification and removal. Please call this meeting to replace Donald Trump as the party’s nominee, prior to the printing of ballots [and] before certain defeat in November.

Yes, such a move will cause the Hannity, Coulter, and Nehlen faction to blow a gasket. But it is time to ask the Trumpbots a hard question: Just how bad do you want to beat Hillary Clinton? How sincere are you to restore constitutional, limited government? How much do you want a person of impeccable character to occupy the White House?

Those who stood up against Joe McCarthy are revered today. Let’s do the honorable thing and — at the same time — the politically adroit thing: let’s give Mike Pence a running mate of whom we can all be proud. Let’s choose a real Republican to lead our party into November.

(Also sent to National Committee members Steve King and Mary Buestrin.)


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Aug 11, 2016 02:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oh, the angst! Gee, you know, I really shoulda spoken up in Cleveland about what a bad man Trump is! But I was too busy taking selfies with Sheriff Clarke and hunting down items for my button collection.

You should rename this blog Schadenfreude City, because that's definitely why I read it. In Trump you have the ultimate Republican in every way, a clod whose lifestyle is widely envied by the free market crowd, whose talk on guns is nothing that hasn't been spoken in hushed tones at Lincoln Dinners, whose views on the president are identical to that of every member of the state party.

Aug 11, 2016 03:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You conveniently forgot about your short-lived support for "My gal Carly", (or is it Carlie, she was so soon forgotten).

But you should take some credit for the Great Pumpkins run for president. He got to where he is in the race because of the likes of you.

TGT should take you to the woodshed for forgetting anything you may have learned from him about governance while working for him. You failed as a student, that's for sure.

And don't brag about being a "Scott Walker/Paul Ryan Republican". SW's approval rate in being flushed as we speak, and and one is a quitter, the other a loser, both on the national stage. Not really something to be proud of.

But I'm sure as rain that you will be voting for Ole Stubby Fingers come November. Party over principle every time.

Aug 11, 2016 03:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Google David Blaska Ann Coulter. You'll be glad you did.

Aug 11, 2016 03:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gee Dave aren't you concerned about losing the future support of the 35% Republican base in future elections if you dump Trumpf. You know, the solid base of mob mentality gun crazy racists ,bigots, and "Evangelicals" the Republicans have been dog whistling to and courting for decades?

Aug 11, 2016 03:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The problem with soul-saving is there has to one in the first place. Soul shrinking going on for decades now, just a shallow cobbling together of tax-obsessed moneyed elites, racists and the overtly Caucasionally religious exists today. The rendering is long overdue. This party has MAJOR work to do after the coming earthquake. 2018 will make it seem like all is well again, but there is only one longe-range direction present now. And truly, how much self-reflection and soul-searching would there actually be if the polls were tied? The inherit problems Trump exposes would just be swept under the rug, with a chance at short-term victory, only to be "shockingly" exposed next time. It is all right before your eyes to see.......if only.

Aug 12, 2016 07:46 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, it has been downhill from your statement of "I changed political parties in 1980 to become a Reagan Republican." From Teflon Ronnie Reagonomics to George Bush Sr. to Dick Cheney (played by George W. Bush)it becomes no surprise that the Republican party is now represented by Donald Trump. The Republican oligarchy mentality continues to erode our American and Wisconsin constitution with the likes of many others including Paul Ryan, Tommy Thompson, Voss, Fitzsimmons, Rubio, Cruz, Faux News, AM Hate Radio, etc. We will all be stuck with Hilliary, and no doubt on the national level the Republican efforts will be mainly to obstruct and do nothing for at least the next 4 years. I wish you well to get some soul put back into the Republican party, starting with those in control here in Wisconsin.

Aug 12, 2016 07:57 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Tea Party
Two landslide mid terms

Aug 12, 2016 08:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well, you'd better get a move on before the actual law makes a change impossible. Each state has a different deadline for final ballot names - some as early as mid-August (they need time to print ballots for both early voting and absentee balloting for folks like our troops overseas). If a thinly veiled threat to assassinate his competitor and now this craziness about ISIS isn't going to bring him down, not sure the GOP can do it, either ...

Aug 12, 2016 08:43 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

what a loser you are.

Aug 12, 2016 12:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I understand the angst Dave. I don't want to vote for Trump either. But he is not going away no matter what the media/nevertrump throws against him. It's either him or Hillary who we know for sure is going to stack the US Supreme Court with god knows what. And will probably reverse Voter ID that you detail in this missive among other issues including the 2A. I refuse to throw my vote away for Mr McMuffin ( , so I will be voting Trump in November.
Anyway, it's the local issues that affect us the most, right? What about that Madison School Board Meeting next week where they can unilaterally screw the taxpayers over for another 26 million - thank you sir, may I have another?

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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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