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Feb 8, 201612:43 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Marco was fun while he lasted! Bernie berned by VA hospital scandal

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Chris Christie ripped a Titanic-sized gash in Marc O’Rubio’s hull. It was pathetic watching Marc O’Rubio robo-repeating the same 25-second canned speech three times while Christie was poking him like a bear baiter. The Wall Street Journal called it a “gutting.”

The episode forces the handicappers at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes (and Tanning Parlor) to take Sen. O’Rubio off the leaderboard for its coveted Official Endorsement and Secret Initiation Ceremony. (“Please sir, may I have another.”)

Marco’s star is bright but his time has not yet come. Christie is right; the man has never made a consequential decision. Marco reminds me of a young JFK — a much younger JFK. Kennedy had a negligible career in Congress. He was not a difference maker but he did log six years in the House and eight years in the Senate. Even before that, he had toured Europe under the aegis of his ambassador father, thought long and hard about why England slept, and served in battle.

Even at that, JFK made two near-fatal rookie mistakes early in his brief term. He swallowed whole the CIA’s half-baked scheme to invade Cuba, and he got played by Khrushchev at the Vienna summit.

O’Rubio is correct about one thing (and Christie wrong): Barack Obama is not some incompetent stumblebum running into the furniture. He knows exactly what he is doing and is good at it. Obamacare was not a happy accident. Never underestimate your adversaries. Hillary, Bernie, Putin — sharp and clever.

So, yeah, I can see Chris Christie as president. He is a serious conservative, executive experienced, a helluva debater. He’ll field dress the Hildabeast and grind her into sausage.

But the circular firing squad keeps reloading. I’m ready to say enough debates for a while. Paul Ryan will be the only one not hemorrhaging by July’s national convention. Paul Ryan for President. *

(*Authorized and paid for by the Great Koch Bros Dark-Money Conspiracy, Raoul Koch, treasurer.)


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Feb 8, 2016 04:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You're a real wordsmith, Blaska: "He’ll field dress the Hildabeast and grind her into sausage."

Feb 8, 2016 04:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

When you start a thought with "The liberal-progressive-socialist true believer will always choose government over the individual" don't be surprised when the reader halts right there. The world needs more truth, Blogger Dave. Not more crocks. Argue with the real issues of the Dems and you might win. Tilt at this made-up nonsense and you'll never land a blow.

Feb 8, 2016 04:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Odd you forgot the Cuban Missle Crisis. Because it showed JFK,s spine, smarts and courage, or because it didn't fit with your message?

Feb 9, 2016 09:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

oh, and by the way, what does JFK have to do with anything related to the present?

reach !

Feb 9, 2016 10:01 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Cuban Missile Crisis did show JFK's mettle but the crisis itself was a direct result of Bay of Pigs. As for Anon at 09:15 AM, the answer to your question is a little thing called "history."

Feb 9, 2016 12:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dear Anon. 04:30: Read for context. "JFK made two near-fatal rookie mistakes EARLY in his brief term." The Bay of Pigs fiasco occurred a few weeks into his presidency (April 1961); the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October 1962, more than halfway through his term.

For those of you who think the Dems are too savvy to allow Bernie to get the nomination, I have two words: George McGovern. How I'd love to see history repeat itself.

Feb 9, 2016 01:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


and history does what? how about the McCarthy era?

there's some good Wisconsin history for you.

Feb 9, 2016 02:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 04:30,

Barack O. is filling JFK's shoes "leading from behind." The courage he has displayed in dealing with Libya, Crimea, Syria and other hot spots is simply off the charts. The foreign policy A-Team he has assembled (Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett) is something to behold. Nothing to worry about, it's all in good hands.

Feb 10, 2016 11:19 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Scott Who?


At least Rubio is still in the race. Still dreaming of a Bromance will Paul rRyan as President.

Trump/Kasich 2016

Feb 10, 2016 11:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

And now Christie is gone. Pretty soon it will be Trump and Cruz, and those two will self-destruct leaving an open door for Hillary.

Who is your pick of the week now? Carolina? Oh that's right, you missed on that one too.

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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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