Feb 20, 201409:16 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Blaska takes on John Doe, Scott Walker, Hillary: The Movie, and Gerry Mander as the Beaver
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What are we to make of the screaming headlines over political campaigning in Scott Walker’s office while he was Milwaukee county executive?
Mike Tate and the Democratic echo machine will try to spin it as Watergate on the Lake. Walker partisans will say “nothing to see here.”
I am somewhere in between. My standard is this: If you play the game, you play by the rules. I don’t understand why the batter gets to run to first base if the catcher drops the third strike, but rules are rules. That said, someone is committing politics in a political office? Please tell me Barack Obama never did that.
Several of Walker’s aides did get caught up in the probe, but not the big kahuna himself. The question is what did he know and when did he know it? The evidence presented by the Wisconsin State Journal this morning is thin. Walker calls a staff member at home to console her after she is forced to quit over campaigning on company time. Walker then issues a memo to his staff: don’t be doing what she did. (As for the two aides stealing from the military veterans — Walker himself called the cops on them. But god! Russell and Kavanaugh are sleazy-looking!)
Still, the buck stops at the big guy’s desk.
I quote here one Charlie Sykes, who does a little radio in Milwaukee as part of the Great Conservative Conspiracy.
“As the media and partisan operatives sift through 27,000 pages of emails from that ‘secret’ probe, we find volumes of old news, office gossip, political chatter, and unproved allegations. Prosecutors were in possession of these communications for more than three years. If there was any smoking gun contained within the emails, they would have used it against Walker long ago. There isn’t. So they didn’t.” You can read more here (pay wall).
Here is Wisconsin Reporter:
On a day when news headlines nationwide screamed of Gov. Scott Walker’s “apparent” knowledge of illegal campaigning going on in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive, the judge of the nearly three year “secret” investigation into Walker’s former aides and associates summed up the meat of the matter.
“The John Doe is closed and the results of the John Doe speak for themselves in terms of who has allegedly committed a crime, who has been charged with a crime and who has been convicted of a crime,” former appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim told Wisconsin Reporter Wednesday.
Among those emails were some borderline, politically incorrect jabs — none from the boss himself. If you hear any outrage from our liberal acquaintances (for they ARE our acquaintances), issue this two-word response: Graeme Zielinski.
Hillary: The Movie must go dark
Jay Heck of Common Cause very generously put the director of the Blaska Policy Werkes up at the table Monday night at Edgewood College to debate him (pictured at center of the table) and Sens. Dale Schultz and Fred Risser (at right) on the subject of good government. I guess I took the “opposed” side. Scott Milfred of the Wisconsin State Journal (far right) moderated. Seated next to me at far left are Edgewood poly sci prof Steven Davis and League of Women Voters Exec Director Andrea Kaminski.
“Thanks for coming …. You helped make the event more interesting,” Jay emailed the next day. (Your Squire also does retirement parties.) “I share your view that political conflict is good, if civil. Different views are good. And healthy. It’s good to be challenged.”
Something that occurs all too rarely in Madison, outside the State Capitol itself.
We drew an audience of 60 despite another Global Climate Change night in Madison. Except for your Humble Squire, the room was unanimous that our democracy is threatened by a literal reading of the First Amendment. Some people just have too much political speech, and it’s up to government bureaucrats to ration, regulate, restrict, and redistribute that speech. Except for your lone contrarian, the assemblage was convinced that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United must be overturned. To do so would allow the government to ban Hillary: The Movie, the communication at issue in the case, as well as any book, so long as it was political, that was issued by a corporation (as are all but self-published books) within 60 days of a general election.