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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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Mike who?

Favorably impressed with Mike Pence. He’s self-deprecating — as was Reagan! (“For those who don’t know me, and that is most of you.”) He’s reassuring. Looks like a governor; nice smile.

Gov. Walker said he was walking to another state delegation’s hotel when Wisconsin people came rushing up to him asking for a group photo. They handed the camera to Walker’s companion, thinking him a staffer. It was Mike Pence.

Walker this morning described Pence as “a good, decent, and honorable man.” That struck your favorite blogger as the reverse image of tonight’s featured speaker. Picking Pence shows The Donald “is ready to govern,” Walker said.

Pence had a good line in a very nice acceptance speech: “You can’t fake good kids. Aren’t they something?” He was talking about the Trump brood and he’s correct.

Can’t I vote for Donald Trump Jr.? The oldest son has the best set of teeth I’ve ever seen. Heard him Tuesday night on the convention floor and again on Fox. The young man does seem grounded, down to earth. Claims the old man hangs out with the construction workers on his job and made his boys drive the earthmovers. That was heart.

His was one of the three best speeches Tuesday night. Chris Christie regained his A game with his prosecution of Hillary. “What’s your verdict? Guilty or not guilty?” That was the night’s red meat.

Paul Ryan’s excellent speech was brain food.

‘Hillary for Prison’

One of the joys of political conventions is the circus surrounding the main venue. Vendors along the crowded sidewalks hawk all items Trump. I picked up two bobbleheads and a “Hillary for Prison” T-shirt.

The Westboro Baptist Church is here, claiming Muhammad is burning in hell. Support the Kurds has a banner. The Revolutionary Communist Party is asking for a revolution. Their T-shirt claims “America Was Never Great.”

Phalanxes of police bicycles glide past, mounted police ride in formation.

The Texas delegation wears lone-star red, white, and blue shirts, cowboy hats, and blue jeans.

Celebrity sightings are fun. Saw David Maraniss interviewing a delegate. Wanted to re-introduce myself and remind him that I worked for his father at The Capital Times.

Carol and Scott Grabins of Verona pose with John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on Cheers.

And interesting speakers. John Ratzenberger — Cliff Clavin on Cheers — spoke to our delegation at the Hilton Hotel to encourage high schools to reinstitute shop class to keep kids in school and to replenish the labor force for blue-collar jobs. He does a Travel Channel program called Made in America.

Great venues along the Cuyahoga River are rented out for our exclusive late-night parties, free food, and booze. (Free? Is Bernie Sanders running this show?)

Cleveland itself rocks. Lovely old warehouses repurposed, Beaux-Arts beauties, bridges to everywhere, a lively city square with a splash park and the human parade on display, yoga demonstrations, etc.

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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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