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Jan 29, 201603:06 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Caution: You are entering the Dump on Trump Zone

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Thank you, Donald Trump for redefining this election year. You are a great candidate. I can’t vote for you.

You have rolled a hand grenade into the Establishment men’s room to see who came running out, as Barry Goldwater once fantasized. (His grenade would have been thrown in the men’s room at the Kremlin.) You have administered an industrial dose of ex-lax to the politically correct, freeing up our political discourse to call Islamic terrorism by its name. (Sweden, that Bernie Sanders’ Camelot, is set to deport up to 80,000 Muslim refugees.)

  • You are entertaining. Like theater greats Lunt and Fontanne, Your Humble Bloggeur can be bought but he cannot be bored. Hear that, Martin O’Baltimore and John Kasich?! Four years of those two — nay, one more debate — will drive me bonkers.
  • You are unpredictable. Ronald Reagan understood that when he quipped into a live microphone that bombing would begin tomorrow. Oh, how the heathens raged!
  • You boycotted Thursday night’s Fox debate. That shows independence. You set your own rules. I like that. Marco and Ted and Rand can get lost in the tall grass debating the intricacies of the Patriot Act. We know that you have no clue what they’re talking about, but so what? Besides, you didn’t need a seventh debate; you’re leading.

But you are not presidential. You are a protest candidate, in the vein of Gene McCarthy. John the Baptist to Jesus the Christ. You are sending a message but you are not The Message.

Unlike my Tea Party brethren, I don’t demand purity tests. The only person I agree with 100% is the Squire of the Stately Manor

But no one is going to round up 11 million immigrants, illegal though they may be, like something out of the diary of Anne Frank. That isn’t a policy prescription, that’s a revenge fantasy out of a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Donald, you have nothing to say about the moral degradation of entire populations corrupted by 50 years of Great Society giveaways and set asides. You have no strategy to grow the economy except walls and trade embargoes. You are a populist demagogue, the flip side of Bernie Sanders, not a conservative. (Read The Washington Post’s deconstruction of Bernie.)

Those deficiencies are not so much about policy as they are about character.


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Jan 29, 2016 03:36 pm
 Posted by  Dave, not B

I like Trump, but I like Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina much better. I liken The Donald to a witch stirring up a brew in a big pot. A bit of this, a bit of that, stir and watch the pot boil. He is great at stirring up the pot but I don't want him as part of the final product. He would be a great press secretary for President Cruz. Let him get out there and tell stories to the press, stir them up a bit, then sit back and watch them boil. At least he wouldn't be a serial liar like Josh Earnest, Resident 0bama and the Hillbilly. Half the dems hate Burny and half hate Hillbilly, so I think the Republican candidate will tromp (or Trump?) the democrat party this fall. Looks like another sweep for the good guys.

Jan 29, 2016 04:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have one wish. Please tell us what you find most "entertaining" about Trump. The nativism or the jingoism? I find him about as entertaining as this blog, which is to say it's amusing in the moment, but that's over the second I'm done with it. It doesn't provoke thought, outrage, sympathy or even out-loud laughter. It's like the mildest dopamine release ever.

Jan 29, 2016 04:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Trump is a plant, specifically designed to hold up a mirror to the most ridiculous corners of the Republican party. Mission: accomplished. Cruz will now be the nominee, seemingly reasonable by comparison. Ted Cruz can't win and Ted Cruz won't win. He's a tea party purist and I'm sure you'll hold him up as the next coming of Christ on this blog, but he'll lose worse than Romney did.

Jan 30, 2016 12:01 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I am an ideologue who hopes this election is beyond ideology.
I hope it is about competence.
Reagan had three benchmarks of policy that determined his decisions.
Trump might be focused and goal oriented enough to do the same and ignore the Kabuki dance of American politics today.
Both party elites and their pet pundits deserve scorn.
Mine and Trump's.

Jan 30, 2016 12:27 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Congratulations, Dave. You finally wrote a column I can mostly agree with. The problem I see, however, is that neither you nor the Republic Party (you and yours insist on referring to the Democrat Party) accept any responsibility for having created the disenfranchised, low-educated, fear-based 1/3 of your party, the people hurt the most by the Bush recession, who think Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's the result of the "small government" movement: no help for the masses, while the big donors make out like bandits. The GOP is being hoisted on a petard of its own creation.
Your reference to Anne Frank is spot on, because this is how fascism works.
P.S. Cruz isn't any better. You guys are screwed.

Jan 30, 2016 10:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sorry Dave, you haven't convinced me. I'm voting for Trump. The simple fact is: Bush=Clinton=Christie=Rubio. In fact, if the elites find a way to overturn the popular will and torpedo Trump in the Republican selection process, I'll vote Democrat, or Libertarian, or Communist, or.......whatever. Am I mad as hell? Yes....seething.

Your boy Paul Ryan just keeps on promoting and funding the illegal invasion. Foreign drones are the lifeblood of the Chamber of Commerce, but they don't help current citizens much. Paul Ryan is in bed with Wall Street and he seems to be okay with opening up the floodgates from Mexico, Cuba, Central America and points around the globe. And we can't forget your unquenchable need for more servants at the manor. Can't you pour your own cognac for a change?

You call Trump a chaos candidate. I think Thomas Jefferson said it best, "I hold it that a little chaos now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

Feb 1, 2016 12:24 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Question for Bernie Sanders (and Anonybob)

Senator Sanders, "every fascist said he was a socialist. Why is that?"

Feb 1, 2016 12:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

ok, it's time,
the clown show is over. who do we really have to run for president.
sad isn't it. our country is a mess and all we have to show for it is a bunch of clowns.
do you really think any of the candidates are qualified to run this country.
if you do, it goes to show how much we really have compromised ourselves.
Really sad.

explat? or should I say blaska?

Feb 1, 2016 01:53 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Exsplat: obtuse as ever. Don't know what you're talking about with Sanders, don't really care. Aren't you the one who once claimed the Nazis were socialists (e.g. Leftists) because they called themselves Nationalist Socialists? Or was that Dave, not B? All you reactionaries are hard to keep track of.

Feb 1, 2016 03:16 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Hi Bob!

Everyone is obtuse to a man who can't or won't understand.
Yes Bob, the Nazis were the National Socialist German Workers Party.
You can look it up.

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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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