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.