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Dec 31, 201307:27 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison’s progressive heroes of 2013, Part 1

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As the late folksinger sang, Love me, love me, I’m a liberal. Got to love them progressives — as they prefer to be called — for making our jobs so much easier here at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes and Tanning Salon. Who needs to rebut the redistributive state when our acquaintances on the left do the heavy lifting?

Herewith are the expiring year’s progressive heroes, submitted (as Rod Serling might say) for your disapproval. In no particular odor:

Mike Tate: The Democrat(ic) party boss handpicked a challenger to You Know Who. His anointed candidate fit the right profile: a) female, b) left few footprints in the public arena, c) personally wealthy and willing to spend, d) coachable to say as little as possible. Must ... Avoid ... Primary in Wisconsin. Maybe Old Fighting Bob really is dead as disco.

Mary Burke: Her big promise: To make no promises. Her grudging ramblings on Act 10 sound like Professor Irwin Corey with an adverse dilaudid reaction.

Legislative Democrats: The party of government employee unions voted against iron mining in Iron County. Iron County, unemployment rate 13.4%, can just sell fishing bait to tourists from Dane County, where unemployment is only 4%. Democrats’ big issue: job creation.

The Homeless: After 40 years of liberal rule, Madison’s chickens came home to roost — “homeless” people occupied the City-County Building much as many municipal employees had occupied the State Capitol during the unionista intifada. This time, the health department issued an infectious lice alert and the mayor, himself an overnight Capitol crasher, called for their involuntary commitment.

Paul Soglin: Want to do business with the City of Madison? Prove that you did not contribute to Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for Growth, Crossroads GPS, or other organizations (cue George Orwell) “working against the interests of the city.” (Recounted here.) Even the Madison Common Council could not stomach this empowerment of the thought police.


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Dec 31, 2013 07:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Since no one has seen it necessary to comment on your blog I will do so to keep you from getting lonely as you eagerly watch the screen for sympathetic comments.

First; Are you going to do a similar commentary on the "conservative heros" that need exposing? Scott Suder would be a good place to start, then maybe John Nygren, Grothman and Nass. But it is a target rich environment out there so you should have no problem finding deserving victims.

Second; Did you see the letter from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the mine. Looks like all your predictions were wrong regarding the new law and how well it would work. Taconite Tiffany is being hoist(ed?) on his own petard. But it should come as no suprise as ACOE and DNR staff were telling him that all along.

Have a happy and progressive new year.

Dec 31, 2013 08:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I graduated from West High and the UW. Dave is a brave man for standing up to the hysterical Madison left. --Mike Baron

Dec 31, 2013 09:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Keep up the good writing, Dave. Ridicule of bed-wetting Progressives and their anti-American, neo-Communist agenda is doing the Lord's work. If you can't make fun of the smelly hippie culture in Madison, who can you make fun of?

Dec 31, 2013 09:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


I graduated from Oconto High (2013 State Baseball Champs!) and the UW (and a couple others). But what does that, or your educational background have to do with any of this ?

My take on Dave is that he is a closet lefty, and needs to keep up the bluster and venom as protection against the ridicule he would receive from his drinkin' buddies if he let the secret slip. He sells himself as a right wing thinker, but his writings are no doubt a blessing to the folks of a more moderate bent. And I have it from reliable sources that Dave goes and sings at the capitol with the Solidarity Singers, but in a variety of disguises, most notable the 1980's Jane Fonda (as a lefty he still has a crush on her) workout togs.

Dec 31, 2013 10:26 am
 Posted by  John

Anon 7:50 is willfully ignorant of the fact that Blaska has the most popular blog post at IB. Quite the feat amidst the septic tank of lefty thought swirling and festering in the taxpayer-sponsored Capital City.

And then, the Progressive fear of diversity of thought makes an appearance. It's not enough to have the 90% of the market saturated with Prog propaganda; Blaska must join in too!

And finally, the smug self-aggrandized certainty of what's rights for the people of the provinces.

A perfectly fact-ignorant, collectivist, elitist, and ultimately confirming, tribute to Dave's Progressive Hero post.

Thanks, Anon. May you have another happy year hiding away from reality (and even opposing opinion!) in the local echo-chamber.

Dec 31, 2013 11:48 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Other than call me a bunch of names you did nothing to address my questions to Dave. It's a shame you have such a distaste for those that have a different opinion or outlook on life.

I have nothing against those who differ from me politically. If Mary Burke is worthy of ridicule, then surely Scott Suder is X10. But I feel that the name calling and fury shown by either side adds nothing to the purpose or progress of our society. You and Blaska are great examples.

Have a happy and Progressive New Year.

Anon 7:50

Jan 1, 2014 06:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 7:50
Is spot on(in truest hip social(disease)media lingo.
Blaska thinks he came from a plantation in Mississippi,
and is possessed by a similarly delusional notion, that his tribe
did something good for the State of Wisconsin, whereas ,going back a few generations, you would find this to be far fetched,let alone:untrue.Many "Rock Stars"of demagoguery,by their own Bragadocio,talk raunch and actually think they"re right and Sun Prairie is a universe center.

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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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