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Turn the nomination over to Pence?

How bad does the Republican Party want to beat Hillary Clinton? Not bad enough, apparently.

I wrote to party leadership urging a course correction (detailed here). Not one of those arrogant poobahs deigned to respond to an alternate delegate and faithful Republican. Which only enrages the Squire, so he escalates the issue to the Madison daily newspaper. That resulted in this Page 2 story: “Longtime Dane County conservative commentator gets off the Trump train (again).” (Heh, love the “again.”)

Wisconsin national committeeman Steve King can blow off hard-working party members but apparently not the daily press. The State Journal quotes King to say: “The people are going to get what they’re going to get,” King said. “They can’t point their finger at the establishment. The process worked. It is what it is.”

Now THERE is a ringing endorsement! “The people are going to get what they’re going to get”! Again, don’t blame Your Humble Squire for Hillary Clinton. We tried. (Recall and replace Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.)

The Trump train wreck has not escaped the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which editorialized today:

The polls show that Mr. Trump is on the path to losing a winnable race. He is now losing in every key battleground state, some like New Hampshire by double digits. The Midwest industrial states he claimed he would put into play — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania — have turned sharply toward Mrs. Clinton. ....

If they can’t get Mr. Trump to change his act by Labor Day, the GOP will have no choice but to write off the nominee as hopeless and focus on salvaging the Senate and House and other down-ballot races. As for Mr. Trump, he needs to stop blaming everyone else and decide if he wants to behave like someone who wants to be President — or turn the nomination over to Mike Pence.

This alt delegate was willing to give Trump a reset button at the convention but he knew better. The bad habits of a lifetime aren’t going to change overnight — or by Labor Day.

Like the late Mr. Sylville Smith, Donald Trump — encouraged by the morés of the time — brought his ruin down upon himself. Both are taking a lot of people down with them.

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Aug 15, 2016 04:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Don't you get it blaska, there is really nobody worth anything in the republican party. nobody, including yourself.

Clinton the way she is puts you all to shame, in integrity, yes integrity, shows you where you all stand and in experience which none of you have.

What a sorry lot.

Aug 15, 2016 04:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Quoting one unprepared kid from TV is easy (and cheap). Quote everyone else, like the Journal Sentinel's James Causey, who are bemoaning the loss of jobs. Sherman Park used to be the epicenter of middle class, blue collar Milwaukee.

What is Scott Walker doing to bring those jobs back to Milwaukee? Not the $10/hour warehouse robo-jobs, the real family-supporting manufacturing jobs. Do they exist? Not sure they do, but every week Walker poses in front of a different light industrial facility in the hinterlands.

The only thing he has time to do in Milwaukee is send the National Guard there. That has to cost something, right? Why not invest that same coin into incenting companies to relocate there?

I can see you're not a fan of finding real solutions, but consider taking a break from the political machine and do what the rest of your employer attempts and chronicle the economy. It might not make your beloved Scott W look great, though.

Aug 15, 2016 05:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How do you know the "beauty shop" is "minority" owned?

Aug 15, 2016 05:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You said you were voting for Pence. He's on the ticket with Trump. A vote for Pence is a vote for Trump.

Aug 15, 2016 07:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

More trade deals will invigorate the Milwaukee economy. TPP may just create more employment on Milwaukee's north side than we can imagine. I can just imagine that giant sucking sound of factories coming from China, South Korea, Mexico, and Japan. If we can drag Hillary over the finish line I'm sure she'll get the job done and put these people to work.

Aug 15, 2016 08:15 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The Milwaukee metro area had 2,335 more manufacturing jobs in June compared to 12 months previous. According to a report for the Wisconsin Legislative Council, "Potential employers in Wisconsin tell policymakers that despite the high unemployment, they cannot find qualified workers. Specifically, employers in manufacturing and the production industry have repeatedly reported trouble finding qualified workers in Wisconsin." As any employer will tell you, low education achievement, poor or nonexistent work histories, and a criminal record work against job readiness. It did not appear that Sylville Smith was looking for work or going to school when he turned his gun toward police.

Aug 15, 2016 08:28 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Burning down businesses in your neighborhood is also a poor business recruitment strategy.

Aug 16, 2016 08:16 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Anonymouse 4:56

You first.
You could get the franchise for the O'reilly auto parts store they burned down.
Who wouldn't want to invest in this neighborhood and hire these worthies?
I would however, reach out to the folks who got brooms and went to work to clean up the mess. I'm guessing they are probably employed.

Aug 16, 2016 08:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Milwaukee metro area doesn't mean much to the north side, as it likely includes Germantown and Waukesha, an hour away. It's snarky to crack about this kid not looking for work. What do you know about his life? Apparently enough to judge from your seat on the lily white west side of Madison. How about speaking honestly and point out that the dozens of kids watching the cops take his corpse away don't have much hope for ending up differently if they're not college bound?

I have employed men with criminal histories because that's how the cycle gets interrupted.

Please share your own experience with hiring. Please share your own Milwaukee experiences. Other than hitting up a Brewers game or a beer-soaked Tommy Thompson fundraiser in Tosa, that is.

Aug 16, 2016 08:43 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Madisonexpat guesses they are probably employed. Guessing is what we need. That works pretty well. I'm guessing Madisonexpat has learned everything he knows about Milwaukee from talk radio and this blog.

It's how Trump thinks. He guesses. So stick with that, I guess.

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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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