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Jul 21, 201612:41 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

For this voter, it’s all about Pence, Hillary, and Scalia

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The morning message from Scott Walker to delegates to the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland amounts to this: Swallow hard.

“Is Donald Trump perfect? Hell no,” Walker said. And H-E-double-hockey-sticks is about as profane as this son of a preacher man gets.

But Walker and U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman gave the daily breakfast gathering three reasons to vote GOP at the top of the ticket: Mike Pence, Antonin Scalia, and Hillary Clinton.

Grothman admitted, “Some people still aren’t there.” (Was he looking at me?) This, on the day Donald Trump will give his nomination acceptance speech. The Wisconsin delegation went 42–6, Ted Cruz over Trump, reflecting its primary voters.

Only Hillary Clinton was booed more loudly at the Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night than Ted Cruz.

‘Vote your conscience’

Vanquished candidate Cruz gave a great speech about the meaning of freedom, hitting Obama/Hillary hard, and was winning the crowded Quicken Loans Arena.

Entering the last lap, he exhorted delegates to “Please don't stay home this November.” Their appetite whetted, delegates were expecting to hear the name Trump pronounced for the first time, but Cruz would only encourage Americans to vote their conscience. Delegates began shouting “Endorse.” His finish was interrupted, and then virtually drowned out, by booing.

It is reported that Trump saw Cruz’s speech two hours beforehand but let him go on anyway. Why? Each night’s lineup features two or three too many speakers anyway. Why would the Trump campaign let the air out of the night, stepping on its own story?

Republicans can blame Ted Cruz for not heeding Laura Ingraham’s demand from the podium earlier in the evening to just get over it. But you don't disparage a man’s wife, accuse his father of the crime of the century, taunt him as a liar, and then expect that man to endorse your candidacy.

That’s on Trump. It’s not how you win voters.

George W. Bush in 2004 went onto the floor of his convention, microphone in hand, to say “I’m asking for the vote.” An incumbent president at his own political party’s convention. He was asking. The Trump campaign demands.

If Trump does fail, Cruz could claim the high ground, say he saw the car wreck coming. But Trump and his fervent supporters will claim a stab in the back and will salt the earth Ted Cruz walks on.

“Scott Walker gave a magnificent speech and today the headline is Ted Cruz,” lamented my friend Nancy Bartlett of Verona.

Justice Warren

This morning, Walker recalled that he last spoke at the Q, as the convention venue is known here, nine months ago during one of the early presidential debates.

“Was Donald Trump my first choice? No,” Walker answered. “I was my first choice.”

“I said then that any of the Republican candidates was better than Hillary Clinton.”

For those who cannot abide Trump, Walker and Grothman raised the specter of Hillary as president nominating Elizabeth Warren to the Supreme Court as the first of up to three picks in a first term. The Wisconsin delegation emitted a collective shudder.

“Ronald Reagan nominated Antonin Scalia 31 years ago when I was in high school,” Walker warned.

From the Hilton meeting room, Walker was scheduled to visit make his case with “Never Trump” radio talker Charlie Sykes.

“You showed class and leadership by honoring your pledge,” state GOP chairman Brad Courtney told Walker.


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Jul 21, 2016 01:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Poor DB. Such a ringing endorsement. Sad!

Jul 21, 2016 01:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Jul 21, 2016 02:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Walker showed neither class or leadership. What he showed is a bitterness at not getting the nomination, and a knack for pandering. I can smell it from here. His speech was 90% me, I, I,I,I, me. He basically threw his hat in the ring for 2020. He's a 2nd or 3rd rate career politician at best. The Koch Bros got what they needed out of him and kicked him to the curb. I find myself getting more conservative as I get older, not unlike yourself Dave, but, Walker is NOT the guy for Wi much less President. Good day.

Jul 21, 2016 02:44 pm
 Posted by  AVoiceCrying33

That's why I like David Blaska, I disagree with him on politics. He and I couldn't be further apart on Walker. But unlike Chris Christie, Rubio, et. Al. He has not decided to bow down to kiss the Ring of Trump. He is spot on about Cruz. I don't like Cruz. I believe he is a dangerous fundamentalist fanatic but I respect what he did. I would have respected him more if he said. Something like "we all don't like Hillary Clinton. She is a liar, a manipulator, has put our nation at risk but we can't make a deal with the Devil. We cannot sell our soul to save our nation,

The man that you are praising tonight humiliated my wife and accused my dad of killing JFK. I will ever vote for Hillary. But I must vote my conciounce. I will support every Republican up and down the ticket but I can not in good faith support this bullying con ma who only cares for himself"

Like him or hate him. David Blaska has principals and dignity. He also has a killer sense of humor.

Jul 21, 2016 03:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How about "Walker for Prison" T-Shirts for when John Doe II gets reopened by the Supreme Court?

Jul 22, 2016 11:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The GOP convention was an alarming spectacle. And here we have a NEVER Trump guy equivocating and tap dancing about how his vote for Trump should actually be seen as a vote for Scalia, Pence or Abe Lincoln.

What a charade. When this country is in upheaval over its ridiculous president a year from now, it will be on you, Blaska, for not having the courage to put country ahead of party.

America first? More like GOP first, last and always.

Jul 22, 2016 11:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"When this country is in upheaval ... a year from now," 11:05? Have you taken a look around lately? What do you call it when cops get targeted for assassination and terrorists strike with impunity here and across Europe almost weekly? The last time this country was in a comparable state of upheaval was 1968 (when another liberal Democrat was in the White House). If the Trump campaign is smart, they'll hammer home the law and order theme until election day the way Nixon did (successfully) in 1968.

Jul 22, 2016 01:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Fact: Violent crime is down, by a lot, year over year. (But of course, according to Trump's campaign manager, you can't trust the stats--because the FBI is in the tank for Hillary). Trump's appeal now is a fascist's wet dream. Problem is, anon 11:58, there aren't as many scared white guys voting as there were in 1968, comparibly. White guys make up about a third of the electorate (roughly, a little less than white women, a little more than all minorities). Demographics is destiny. It's a different time, with different candidates and a different population. I hope Trump follows your advice. He will go down in an electoral landslide.

Jul 22, 2016 02:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

My favorite part of the GOP convention was all the vision for America and how they plan to change America for the better... oh wait, they didn't share any of that at this convention. Instead they did the same thing all of the conservative media does and stirred up everyone's fear and hate and to motivate their voters. People like yourself and your ilk make me sick. I admit watching Ted Cruz not give his endorsement to Trump was pretty fantastic. It's going to be fun watching the RNC tear itself apart after this election cycle.

Jul 22, 2016 02:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Principles and dignity are not the two words that make me think of "David Blaska". Matter of fact, they don't make me think of anyone related to the RNC... the only person those two words make me think of is Bernie Sanders.

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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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