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Aug 2, 201612:36 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Republicans’ dark soul of the right: Trump is electing Hillary

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On the way back from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, I asked State Sen. Alberta Darling if I could write in the word “Jr.” after Donald Trump’s name on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The good lady was appalled. “You’ll ruin your ballot!”

Better ruin the ballot than the nation, dear lady.

Donald Trump Jr., at least, may have a heart. We know his father is a hollowed-out bastard. For certain, the first son is a more disciplined candidate. His speech at the convention and demeanor before and since have been exemplary.

But the father cannot win. He is a poor, undisciplined candidate. Donald Trump should not win. He is a needlessly cruel bastard. A pathologic narcissist.

Trump has taken a minor speech at the Democratic convention last week and turned it into a meme. With Trump, you knew that one of his outrages had to stick. If not the “bleeding from wherever,” maybe the taunting of a disabled man, maybe “look at that face,” maybe the National Enquirer conspiracy theories.

Finally, it took two Pakistani-American citizens, Gold Star parents of a fallen warrior.

“You have sacrificed nothing,” Khizr Khan thundered. Holding out a copy of the U.S. Constitution, Khan demanded, “Have you read it?”

Joe laughs last.

Charles Kaiser at CNN thinks this is the piercing of the Trump boil, just as lawyer Joseph Welch pronounced the beginning of Joe McCarthy’s end during televised hearings in 1954.

“Until this moment, senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness,” said Welch. “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

A better candidate would have allowed the Khans their 15 minutes and moved on. But Trump is not only an abysmal candidate, he is a hollowed-out horror. So he attacks Mrs. Khan, who stood mute at her husband’s side on the convention stage in Philadelphia.

“What makes Mr. Trump’s remarks so foul is their undisguised sadism,” Bret Stephens writes in today’s Wall Street Journal. “He took a woman too heartbroken and anxious to speak of her dead son before an audience of millions and painted a target on her. He degraded her.”

Donald Trump does indeed have a dark soul.

“Huey Long, Charles Coughlin, Alger Hiss, Joe McCarthy, and Bull Connor are the foul names of America’s 20th century … and those who supported and excused them will always be tainted by association. This is where Republicans now find themselves with their presidential nominee.”

I’m taking names of those responsible for this debacle. I’m compiling a list. I’ll publish it soon. Call it an enemies list if you want. I am drawing up indictments for conservative Nuremberg trials. Sean Hannity, call your lawyer.

Donald Trump is not a gentleman, he is not a conservative, and he is not a patriot. Yes, I told the Wisconsin State Journal during the convention that I am voting for Mike Pence. But not if Donald Sr. is on the ticket.

Blaska is not electing Hillary Clinton, Trump is.


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Aug 2, 2016 01:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


And guys and gals like you, the hate and fear mongers, racists and bigots, wedge issue promoters, that got us to where we are today....Trump as the republican candidate. You should feel proud.

Aug 2, 2016 01:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Chickens Home Roost.
Scott Walker
Mitch McConnell

I'm lovin it.

Maybe you should go write about Democrats that he the police yet again!


Aug 2, 2016 01:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska - So step up like a man and tell us who it is you are voting for?

Got Courage? Nah that would take accountability and integrity!

Aug 2, 2016 02:02 pm
 Posted by  mark

Thank you Dave for being willing to call out the Republican party for creating and supporting Trump!

Aug 2, 2016 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Republican party has no one to blame but themselves. Perhaps the tea party they created and Sara Palin can save them. What a joke. Without gerrymandering they would all be out of office except for Walker, who's time is coming.

Aug 2, 2016 03:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Right on, ANONYMOUS at 1:27 PM! Well said!

Aug 2, 2016 04:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Unfortunately, Blaska is right, Trump did it to himself. Oh yippee skippee, another 4 years of a Democrat in the White House!

Aug 2, 2016 07:21 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, while we're all enjoying your dismay and rejection of the GOP nominee, a little more self-reflection on your part might be warranted. The tea-swilling work of you and other mouthpieces like Vicki McKenna and Charlie Sykes is why your party is now led by a hate-filled, bubble-headed authoritarian narcissist. His boys aren't much more impressive (Ivanka is the brightest bulb of that dim bunch). They all look like slick gangsters with good teeth and their political inexperience is painfully obvious. At least you aren't as craven (or cowardly) as Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John McCain and the others still endorsing him. Who I don't understand are the people that actually want to vote for him. What can explain their dark souls or their ignorance?
Hey, Explat! You like him. Maybe you can explain it. Oh, and did you see Nate Silver today? (Snork!)
I've got no respect for the Trump-lovers.

Aug 2, 2016 08:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

No, David, Trump is not electing Hillary. Not only do I hope Trump wins but I hope that Eddie Munster twerp in Janesville is Cantored in the primary. Go ahead and vote for Junior or Hillary or anyone else you want to.

Aug 3, 2016 12:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What we are witnessing is simply the logical conclusion of the southern strategy, 50 years later. Trump couldn't have gotten anywhere without the plurality of white nationalists in the Republican Party propping him up. Party elites have courted them with dog whistles and counted on their votes for years. They told themselves the votes were really for tax policy and economic ideas, but they kept feeding the beast. Remember the 2012 RNC post-election autopsy? You're not going to see another one this time--- Trump's unfortunate death-grip on a once proud party will leave no recognizable body in it's wake. It will be just that bad.

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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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