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Aug 8, 201604:32 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Tuesday’s primary election begins Trump’s end times

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Tuesday is the beginning of the end, the beginning of the great reckoning. For tomorrow, national attention will focus on one Wisconsin congressional race, the First District that runs from Janesville to Racine-Kenosha.

Paul Ryan will win his primary election Tuesday against the fake populist and Donald Trump-wannabe Paul Nehlen by a resounding 80% to 20% showing.

That is why Donald Trump endorsed Paul Ryan in Tuesday’s primary after his petty payback against Ryan. (“I’m not there, yet.”)  Hostage video confessions are more convincing than The Donald’s reluctant card reading Friday in Green Bay.

Someone, likely Paul Manafort, told his candidate that Ryan would win big. Truth is, Donald Trump needs Paul Ryan more than Paul Ryan needs him. But then again, Paul Ryan needs a headache more than he needs Trump.

Fake populist and Trump wannabe Paul Nehlen and his imported Trump hangers-on will lose big. So will anyone associated with him. That includes the “performance artist” Ann Coulter (as the WSJ’s Joseph Rago calls her).

The conundrum: in closer races around the nation, like Ron Johnson’s on November 8, Trumpbot voters will punish Vote Your Conscience candidates while Vote Your Conscience voters will punish Trumpbot candidates. 

So the Great Divider has finally become a unifier, at age 70. Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal: “This is what became obvious, probably fatally so: Mr. Trump is not going to get serious about running for president. He does not have a second act, there are no hidden depths, there will be no “pivot.” It is not that he is willful or stubborn, though he may be, it’s that he doesn’t have the skill set needed now — discretion, carefulness, generosity, judgment.”

Peggy Noonan worked at Ronald Reagan’s elbow. She would know.

A sampling of honest-to-god headlines:

Scapegoats wanted

The Trumpbots are already casting about for scapegoats. They are led by the most shameless of them, Fox News’ Sean Hannity.


“If Trump Loses, I Am Pointing the Finger at Ryan, McConnell, Graham, McCain, Kasich.”  (Recounted here.)

You don’t have enough fingers to do all the pointing, Sean Trumpity. That’s like blaming the voters. The responsibility is on the candidate to win the voters’ approval, not the other way around.

You want someone to blame, Trumpity? Did Ryan, McConnell, Graham, McCain, or Kasich badmouth a Gold Star family? Mock the disabled? Insult women? Kick mothers with babies out of his rallies? Idolize Putin? Condone racism? Parade his ignorance of geo-politics?

No one disputes that Hillary is trouble. But Hannity pushed for, promoted, flacked, and shilled for the one candidate who could NOT beat Hillary. The polls showed it during the primary season, they show it now. And we are learning why — although some of us in Wisconsin figured it out last April. We got it when Trump trashed our governor, Scott Walker. We’re supposed to put our shoulders to the wheel for this guy? I got to wash my hair tonight.

Instead of attacking Hillary, Trump attacks Paul Ryan and Kelly Ayotte of New

Hampshire. Remember the Republican convention 12 years ago? George W. Bush took the microphone to the floor and said, “I’m asking for the vote.” A sitting president did not take delegates of his own party for granted. Trump is the Great Disuniter.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on RightWisconsin

A few weeks ago, I wrote an editorial for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explaining why I was so proud to be a Republican. As we watch the news today about the visit of the GOP presidential nominee to Wisconsin, I have to ask myself, Am I proud of the GOP nominee lately?” The answer is so obvious it hurts. No. Actually, it’s even worse. I’m embarrassed that he’s leading our ticket.

Donald Trump is electing Hillary Clinton.


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Aug 8, 2016 05:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Always interesting to see Blaska, of all people, criticize Trump for being divisive. Divisive is a winning strategy, right Dane County Dave?

Aug 9, 2016 08:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Donald Trump is electing Hillary Clinton."

No Dave, it was the folks like you, the fear mongers, haters, bigots, divide and conquer promoters of jealously the elected Clinton. Over the campaign season you have changed your preferred candidate more frequently than your underwear, and I am positive that by the end of October you will have your trumpbot helmet strapped on tight. Ye reap what ye sow.

Aug 9, 2016 12:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You know, Trump just fell out of the sky, landing perfectly where he is without a scratch. Inconceivable it could happen again. Ha! Just watch, he's a feature, not a bug. And it's only going to get worse. And just for yucks Google Peggy Noonan's truly epic 2012 Romney victory prediction column, day before the election. We don't need no stinkin' Nate Silver!

Aug 9, 2016 01:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave and the other GOPs are a day late and a dollar short when it comes to beating back Trump. Where were you a year ago? Leading by dropping out like Walker?

Aug 9, 2016 02:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

you make me puke!

Aug 9, 2016 02:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dream on, Dave. Have you started plotting out your post-President Trump career yet? Time is running short.

Aug 9, 2016 04:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I believe the Republicans don't like trump, rather fear him, for the same reason the American tax payer embraces him. He truly is going to turn the ship around. Some long time sailors will want/need to get off and get a real job.
Remember we elected Scott Walker (twice) because he said he was going to change some things and as soon as he started doing it, the embedded layers of dependency tried to fire him.
Trump may not have the polish of Ronald R. but he shares some of the ideology. I hope he can ignite the same level of prosperity that Ronny gave us. The career Reds and Blues alike are afraid of loosing their piece of the pie.
It's the peoples pie, not Hillary's or Obama's. The system is set now so the government wins, it's time to return the government to: of, by, and for the people.

Aug 10, 2016 07:19 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat


Right on.

Aug 10, 2016 09:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Post Trump Dave will be getting a PR position with G-Tac, promoting the new iron mine in NW WI. Oh, that's right, that flopped as well due to lack of due diligence by the R's. So sad.

Aug 10, 2016 11:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Peggy Noonan is an Obama fan girl. Go ahead and elect Hillary you miserable RINO. Blaska's concealed carry permit will be only useful for TP once the old shrew changes out the supreme court.

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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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