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Jul 19, 201601:27 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Cleveland Republicans are what democracy looks like, I suppose

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Okay, so we got rolled. I am an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We’re meeting at the Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city’s first championship. But the delegation would not permit me onto the floor until the convention rules were enacted. Those rules bound delegates to their state’s presidential-preference primary election results.

My delegate, Scott Grabins of Verona, said he was instructed that leaving the floor to trade places with me might look like a walk out. Still not certain it wasn’t a trust issue. I am a notorious “We can do better” advocate.

Seven states had petitioned for a roll call vote but, the chair told us, three states had withdrawn the requisite signatures forcing that vote. That’s what we were told.

So the chairman asked for a voice vote. (BTW: the chairman was not Paul Ryan. I don’t think he wanted to drink from this particular cup.)

So, it’s a voice vote. I got a voice. I used it to bellow a resounding “NO!” even though I was not on the floor and therefore, ineligible to vote. Technically.

Hey, my voice is as good as any delegate’s. But I’ve got to say, the voice vote, even with my own, sounded at least 60% in favor of Trump. So, we lost fair and square. The cheating bastards.

I’ll get on the floor tonight (Tuesday) but only after the roll call formally puts Trump over the top. So I get a better view of the speakers. This is democracy in action. It is why we fight.

But it is a good view. Wisconsin’s delegates are right up front; thank you Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, and Steve King. The latter is our national committeeman who also chairs the convention arrangements committee that picked Cleveland.

This alternate is majorly stoked by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. He owns the loudest applause line of the first night: “Blue Lives Matter.”

Sheriff Clarke spoke this morning at our Wisconsin delegation breakfast. Said he needed citizens to counter the hate message promoted by Black Lives Matter that he links directly to the assassination of eight police this month in Dallas and Baton Rouge and the wounding of more.

“The agents of socialism know they have to weaken the institutions that keep us safe.” The sheriff is an amazing speaker, well versed in history and philosophy. Clarke acknowledged that not every cop is perfect. But he encouraged his Wisconsin audience to counter “the myth of racist and bloodthirsty police.”

Your Humble Alternate Delegate told the sheriff we are doing exactly that in in Madison. The “We Support Our Madison Police” folks are presenting their petition to the Common Council. Join them at 5:15 p.m. on the steps of the City County Building. Join them.

Celebrity spottings … I’m jealous of folks who got pictured with Charles Krauthammer. The lovely Lisa and I record his Fox News panel with Bret Baier. When he was announced we cheered, “CHARLES!”

Photographed my convention guest Billie Johnson with Lou Dobbs. I dislike Lou Dobbs but he is famous. (Billie, by the way, has a startup called WinningRed.com, which he describes as the equivalent of the Democrats’ ActBlue, only for conservatives.)

The convention compound itself resembles the Green Zone of war-torn Baghdad. The bus in to the convention Monday morning drove all over Cleveland until I expected an announcement declaring, “Next Stop: Toledo.” An enterprising young man walked up to the driver to complain but the policeman on board — a regular feature of security-conscious America? — told him to sit down. Eventually, he persuaded the driver to stop in the relative proximity of the Q and we walked into a sea of delegates, alternates, and guests waiting for their appointment with the security wand. At least we didn’t have to remove our shoes but we were issued clear plastic bags, the better to spot any firearms.

We were also issued a list of prohibited items. It includes balloons, to give you some idea. No sudden popping noises, I presume.

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Jul 19, 2016 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How's that Grande Old Party working out for you now, Blaska? Did you get that full serving of "Freedom" you were hoping for that your party likes to shout so much about while taking it away from so many? You are a hypocrite, your party is full of hypocrites but I am sure you are starting to realize this by now.

Jul 19, 2016 03:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, Do you understand that you can protest for more than one issue at a time right? The vast majority of the Black Lives Matters movement are not asking for violence against the police in any way shape or form. You can protest police violence against black violence and also protest against violence against police. These issues are not that far apart and, for me, it's not difficult to connect the overall picture and understand that the system is flawed. Maybe this is too complex for a Republican to understand. Seldom are the issues as black and white as most would make them out to be (pardon the pun).

Jul 19, 2016 03:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for these important, exclusive, inside looks of complete nothingness! Chachi, underwear model/soap star, Ranting Rudy noun-verb-9/11, Zsa Zsa the Plagiarist. I can almost hear your buttons burst with pride!

Jul 19, 2016 04:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love Dave Blaska! You rock!

Jul 19, 2016 05:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I agree with the other comment - not a bit of interesting or useful information. Nothingness with a lot of arrogance. Why are you employed anyway?!

Jul 20, 2016 09:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaksa is whining? Weird.

Jul 20, 2016 11:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sounds amazing. Not at all like a bleep show.

Jul 20, 2016 12:08 pm
 Posted by  Mrbillsbrain

The vast majority of the Black lives Matter movement are NOT condemning the kill the Cops slogans at their "meetings' either. Reverse this: if white lives matter group called for killing black cops you think they would be invited to the White House to get their input?

Jul 20, 2016 12:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Democrats who are wetting themselves with glee over Melania's "plagiarism" (a few blandly worded platitudes that make up a small fraction of the speech) have conveniently short memories. The current Vice President had to curtail his candidacy for the top job in 1988 for plagiarizing a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock, and he flunked a course in law school for plagiarizing a term paper. His excuse: he didn't understand the correct method for citing sources. Now it turns out that Michelle's 2008 speech was a cut-and-paste job with material drawn from the writings of Saul Alinsky.

How's that for liberal hypocrisy, 2:32?

Jul 20, 2016 02:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sorry 12:43, the smooth-running Trump campaign just admitted the plagiarism (IOW found someone to fall on their sword). Only took a couple of days (thanks for keeping the story alive!). Day two gave us "LOCK HER UP'" "GUILTY" and a Paul Ryan's 12 minute speech wherein he mentions Hair Furor's name once. Ha! So inspiring!

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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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