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Feb 2, 201601:07 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

After Iowa, the circular firing squad may stand down

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A New York tabloid reports, you decide. H/T Greg Humphrey at Caffeinated Politics.

William F. Buckley declared that he would vote the most conservative candidate with the best chance of winning. Donald Trump is no Bill Buckley.

Iowa ripped a gaping hole into The Donald’s myth of invincibility. The adults have entered the room.

That said, the Republican establishment needs the rude push from the Right that candidates like Ted Cruz provide. Too often, the only competing voices are the voices of moderation and accommodation. (I’ll have the same only a little bit less and a little bit later. Like the New York Times endorsing John Kasich. Now, THAT will persuade Republican voters!)

Yes, sometimes one must make a statement. This is not one of those times. This is the time to get elected. We understand anger. But anger is a meal best served cold. Ted Cruz can shake a fist at the other 99 senators. Paul Ryan gets the gavel.

My Facebook blazes with their denunciations of Paul Ryan as a sell-out because he has not overturned Obamacare or abolished the IRS. One Green Bay Tea Party leader, a certain James M. Murphy, has vowed to “primary” Ryan. Even Ron Johnson has come under fire from the purists.          

Your Humble Squire patiently explains that neither house in Congress has the requisite two-thirds to overturn a president’s veto. The Policy Research Werkes has war gamed the specter of electing a conservative as president only to yield the House to Nancy Pelosi. Is trading RoJo for Feingold worth the risk?

Such speculation results in Facebook de-friending, which is better than defenestration, which another organization employed when it assumed control of Czechoslovakia in 1948.

The conspiracy militia is being fueled by websites like Breitbart, which has gone tinfoil hat since the premature passing of its namesake founder. New York Magazine reports:

If you want to know what it’s like to interpret current events after way too many trips to the Christmas party punch bowl, this week's coverage of fiscal issues at is the place to go.

On Thursday, Paul Ryan was blasted there for selling out the country, no less, in promoting an omnibus spending bill that cleared the House on a tense, dramatic 316–113 vote. Today the Breitbartians are charging that the self-same bill is opening the door to “nearly 300,000 visas for Muslim migrants in one year.”

Why would Ryan do something like that at a time when polls are showing shocking numbers of Republicans wanting to shut down mosques and ban all Muslims from entering the country? The short answer: He didn’t.

It seems that anyone who can find the men’s room in the Capitol is an establishment sell-out.

“The conservative movement in its current form is wary of anyone in power, no matter their conservative bona fides,” the Washington Post observes in “Paul Ryan to conservatives: Put down your arms; I’m one of you.”


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Feb 2, 2016 03:05 pm
 Posted by  mark

My god, Dave is going soft! (grin) Even moderation in moderation?!

Feb 2, 2016 04:22 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, the Republic party establishment created that firing squad by encouraging the Tea Party. Now the party finds it can't control the Party. Pity. Those guys are even "unfriending" YOU? Good luck winning any ungerrymandered elections.
The crack about Chelsea was tacky.

Feb 2, 2016 05:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

boy are you funny, ha ha

Feb 3, 2016 05:18 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I don't want a leader who can "work with" the engineers of the status quo.
The other 99 senators and the 300+ clowns who voted for the last Omnibus spending bill ARE the problem.
I want someone who says I will lead. Washington will follow or get out of the way.
Again I say as an idealogue that I hope this election is about competence.

Also, how many times has thr Left and the RINO wing proclaimed the Tea Party dead?

Feb 3, 2016 07:31 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat


You think the Republican Party establishment ENCOURAGED the Tea Party?

Feb 3, 2016 07:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Anonbob! You mean like the ungerrymandered districts of the Dane County Bored!!

Feb 3, 2016 01:30 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Explat: of course they encouraged it, it's obvious. Don't be such a blind ideologue. They encouraged that blind anger after the ACA passed ("Keep your govt hands off my Medicare!"), thought they could ride that tiger to electoral success, and are dimmly surprised (hello, Blaska) to find that tiger considers them breakfast, too. They did the same thing with the Moral Majority in the 80's. The GOP powers-that-be (the big donors) think all voters are suckers, including its own. Do you consider Walker to be Tea Party or establishment? You're being played. You think Cruz is a leader? Sure, in an authoritarian sense. But you guys love that style of leadership.

Feb 3, 2016 02:50 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Democrats are looking at a Venezuelan-type socialist and an FBI person of interest. But you guys love that style of leadership.

Feb 3, 2016 03:02 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat


And to think you called me obtuse.
You are all over the lot here.
Are you over ballyhooing Trump to ensure a Clinton presidency?

Feb 3, 2016 05:49 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave: hyperbole much? Explat: either Trump or Cruz guarantee an easy ride for Hillary. Thanks for the help, boys!

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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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