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Feb 22, 201608:56 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Walker’s ‘war on workers’ and other paranoid conspiracies

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Sen. Ron Johnson felt it necessary to explain to Republicans attending the Dane County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Saturday night at Monona Terrace that Congress can overrule a president only when it has a two-thirds majority. Republicans control the Senate but only by 54–46.

That Republicans need such basic instruction in the workings of the Constitution explains, in part, why Donald Trump is doing so well: frustration.

It explains why one Republican of my acquaintance was pillorying Sen. Johnson “for not stopping illegal immigration.” Your Bring It! blogguer explained that the legislative branch writes the laws, while the president is charged with executing those laws.

Sen. Ron Johnson poses with a high-information voter at Saturday’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. No, RoJo will not confirm a liberal to the Supreme Court.

She further fretted that Republican legislators may walk back their vow to await the new president’s Supreme Court nominee next year. She scored RoJo for confirming Loretta Lynch as Obama’s attorney general. Your Squire countered that a president is entitled to his cabinet — absent any smoking gun — but not his Supreme Court, the latter being an independent, third branch of government. Lady Conservative demanded that RoJo filibuster an Obama nominee. Your patient provocateur riposted that the minority filibusters, the majority either votes the nominee down or, since it controls the calendar, schedules no vote.

While its founder lived, the Breitbart website was a champion of liberty; it has since descended into paranoid fantasies. Speaker Paul Ryan, of all people, is somehow a RINO.

Still, this is a weak beer compared to another Republican of my acquaintance who advocates a military coup. I told him to go to Paraguay or someplace even warmer. This is the Donald Trump phenomenon at work in the populace. A world of absolutes born of the frustration of government overreach, hatched in darkness, marinated in bile, ready and willing to throw babies out with bath water.

On a happier note, Judge Jim Troupis gave a touching tribute to our friend, Rodney Kreunen. Raconteur, renaissance, and railroad man, “Uncle Rodney” left the station on Oct. 8, 2015. Our moment of silence was punctuated by a plaintive train whistle. Rep. Andre Jacque read Joint Resolution 79 in Rodney’s tribute, and we shared Gov. Tommy Thompson’s letter on behalf of his railroad commissioner from 1996–2008. Wonderful to have Rodney’s widow Annette and children Pieter and Julie at our table.

Congrats to longtime real estate maven Roger Stauter for being named Dr. Ken Luedtke volunteer of the year. Roger, who has emceed many a Republican event, ended his talk with a shout-out for Marc O’Rubio. For what it’s worth, that got a rousing cheer.

More congrats to Scott and Carol Grabins for masterminding a most excellent Lincoln-Reagan Dinner; 200 attended, great speeches, food, door prizes, and companionship in a first-class setting. Only two counties — Waukesha and Milwaukee — produce more Republican votes than Dane County.


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Feb 23, 2016 07:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oddly enough, you offer your most ridiculous statement for last:

Cruz is a genuine mad man, and to have him a heartbeat from the presidency should scare all voters into relegating hom to the Sarah Palin/Paul Ryan trashpile.

Cruz has no experience as a jurist. Even Bradley has more, which isn't saying much. Even Rubio knows that.

Great humor post today.

Feb 23, 2016 10:21 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

"A world of absolutes born of the frustration of government overreach, matched in darkness, marinated in bile, ready and willing to throw babies out with bath water."
Dave, this is what the GOP has worked so hard for years to create and manipulate. You thought you could control it. Now it's biting you in the Trump. (I think I'll copyright that.) I'm afraid you own it. Despite your Tea Party fawnings ( worked so hard for years to create...), I think you're still tugged to the Tommy! center of your party despite the bile you so frequently contribute to the discussion. You almost have my sympathies as you haplessly witness your party spiral...out of control? ...into insanity? ...down the rabbit hole? Whatever. When YOU have to be the adult in the room...Paraguay, indeed.

Feb 23, 2016 12:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Trump orchestrated GOP meltdown is truly fantastic to behold.

Hey, what about that Republican up in Eau Claire who couldn't stand the heat and bailed out of the kitchen the other day? She called pointed questions about her record "vile." A member of the party of Trump calling a school board member's fair and well-spoken criticism vile? Irony at its finest!

Feb 23, 2016 06:08 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat


Who to vote for..... the feminist married to the serial abuser of women?
She of enough financial savvy to pull down $675k for a solid hour of talking?
A secretary of state taking, what? $400m from foreign countries for her foundation?

Scott Pelley. "Mrs. Clinton have you lied to the American people?"
Clinton. "I have always tried to tell the truth. Always."
Pelley. "Have you ever succeeded?"

I'm feeling the Bern!hmvn

Feb 24, 2016 08:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

While the libs watch the "GOP meltdown, they are not watching their own. Why not watch the destruction of your own "this is how democracy works" party. How can a candidate who won Iowa by the slimmest of margins, get shlonged in New Hampshire and have four times the number of delegates. The fix is on!

Feb 24, 2016 09:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If the Wisconsin civil service keeps evolving it may well end up as an "at will" employer. If that would have been the case during the Doyle administration Mr. Blaska probably would not have reached the retirement finish-line in state service. About the best the Doyalites could do was to put Blaska in a cubicle close to the toilets (flush, flush, flush).

Regarding Trump, I'd say just get used to it. There is no workable strategy in place to stop him. Many people in America are acting out the movie "Network" and are venting years of pent up steam. After the Hillary indictment it will be a cake walk to Pennsylvania Avenue for the Trumpster.

And to Anon 7:58, how much experience as a "jurist" did supreme court chief justice Earl Warren have? Please cite some decisions handed down by Earl Warren prior to his supreme court tenure.

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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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