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Jun 16, 201411:54 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Guilty as charged: Scott Walker is white, male, religious, and Republican

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A New Republic magazine article just out, “The unelectable [a take on ineluctable] whiteness of Scott Walker,” presumes to take the reader on “a journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star.”

Yes, the traditionally liberal magazine plays the race card, big time. So, of course, it must recycle two stupid jokes of county executive underlings — the proverbial needles that emerged after thousands of emails were subpoenaed in John Doe I. Nothing untoward from Walker himself.

And Walker, in circumscribing the state of Wisconsin in a speech, mentioned Superior and Kenosha but not Milwaukee. How Freudian, the magazine implies.

Another bill of indictment: Walker opposed light rail in Milwaukee; but then, so did The Kathleen (Falk) in Madison, as former Mayor Cieslewicz can attest.

Brett Hulsey costumed as a confederate soldier was more subtle. Nonetheless, the article does occasionally capture the man.

Throughout the protests, Walker remained almost eerily unperturbed — even after he received death threats that resulted in round-the-clock security at his home. “It’s always been difficult for me to understand — if you’re an ideologue, you have passion, and he’s almost the most passionless human I’ve ever encountered,” says Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick, a Democrat. “He never reacts with anything other than a shrug or a smile.”

Walker’s only overt enthusiasms appear to be his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Ronald Reagan. He and Tonette married on Reagan’s birthday, and every year they celebrate their wedding anniversary / Reagan’s birthday by serving the Gipper’s favorite dishes, such as macaroni-and-cheese casserole and red, white, and blue jelly beans. Walker’s mother attributes his even keel to his faith. “He prayed and read the Bible every day, and when things got rough, [supporters would] tell him they were praying for him,” she says.

But there was another explanation for Walker’s calm. In the WOW counties, his support was near-absolute; on talk radio, his views were echoed and amplified without question on a daily basis.

Now Walker caused white flight?

Get it? Walker — clueless white man — was living in a conservative Caucasian cocoon. Let’s step back, dear reader. Walker led which county as its executive? You don’t think he was exposed to liberalism in Madison during his years as a state rep? You don’t think Milwaukee parents in the 1970s resented that their children were bused hither and yon by court order in order to satisfy a numerical goal? Or to escape failing schools? Street violence? Exactly who has been running Milwaukee all these years? You got it: Capital S Socialists and Capital D Democrats.

Author Alec MacGillis mines the “Dividing Lines,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s groundbreaking report into the demographics separating Milwaukee from surrounding Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington (the WOW) counties.

Milwaukee, always a European city, became the last large northern American city to experience the Great Migration of blacks from the sharecropper South. Just as they began arriving in the 1960s, the industrial base collapsed and the surrounding counties experienced white flight.

The New Republic brushes up against reality when it reports both Mark Belling’s and Charlie Sykes’ disillusionment with liberalism after eye-witnessing its urban policy failures. But it never occurs to The New Republic that Walker’s attempts to reinvigorate the economy and improve access to quality education (never mentioned in the story) will help black and white. Nor does it mention that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett availed himself of Act 10’s “tools.”

Still and all, the piece is worth a read (H/T: Berg). It is evidence that the left is taking his presidential prospects seriously.

And Gwen Moore truly is an embarrassment. (You want racism?) (For extra credit: Daniel Bice asks, “Why is Gary George running against Gwen Moore?”)

Walker Derangement Syndrome, Take 2 Mary Burke, a Madison School Board member, argues the prospect of limited raises and costlier benefits under the Act 10 measure is turning people away from teaching. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

“Already we have seen in Wisconsin fewer people pursuing education as a career,” she said April 18, 2014. … She attributed the trend to Act 10.

PolitiFact finds “the decline actually started a year earlier, in the 2010 academic year — six months before Act 10 even was proposed.” As for the 8% drop in Wisconsin undergraduate teacher programs in 2010-13, that only matches the nationwide trend of 8%.

PolitiFact rates Burke’s claim “Mostly False.”


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Jun 16, 2014 01:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow, blaska,

you finally got a headline right.

should read 4 strikes againest walker, he should be out.

Jun 16, 2014 01:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I know walker personally and he is just not a good man.

no matter how white, male, religious and republican he is.

Jun 16, 2014 02:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

White, male, religious = The Crusades, Spanish Inquisition, Northern Ireland, Iraq war, Act 10, to name but a couple. I'm beginning to think a woman of color should be our next elected leader..

Jun 16, 2014 03:37 pm
 Posted by  John

The New Republic preaches hate because of a person's color (which in this case happens to be white). True racists.

Jun 16, 2014 03:53 pm
 Posted by  Dan Wood

Yes, it is quite comical the lengths that lefties will go to in trying to find something wrong with Walker. Truly desperate and pathetic.

Jun 16, 2014 04:05 pm
 Posted by  Mr. C

To anon 6/16/14 01:13 PM.

I wonder what he thinks of you, personally?

Jun 16, 2014 06:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

To mr c,

With his amount of integrity, I wouldn't care.

but guess what, everyone I touch will know the truth.

Jun 16, 2014 08:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

My plan is to vote for Hulsey in the primary and Walker for the general election. It just galls you, doesn't it? I mean Walker winning again and teachers continuing to wear those tattered clothes and lining up at food pantries.

Jun 16, 2014 10:19 pm
 Posted by  Matt Logan

"Another bill of indictment: Walker opposed light rail in Milwaukee; but then, so did The Kathleen (Falk) in Madison, as former Mayor Cieslewicz can attest."

Actually, in Madison the rift was about streetcar versus commuter rail as the first step in implementing vision 2020.

It should also be noted that the Light Rail project in Milwaukee HAD BEEN FUNDED with an earmark, while only about $2 mil ever came from the feds for Commuter Rail related work.

So effectively the redirection of Milwaukee's light rail money into highway projects was an act of theft that was repaid by Dale Kooyenga's statute change recently that made it illegal to allow public utilities to bear the costs of a rail transit project. Poor poor Milwaukee suburbanites! We wouldn't want them to miss an opportunity to steal from those people in Milwaukee, even if a disproportionate majority of SEWRPC reps are from the suburbs and have an almost unblemished record of shortchanging Milwaukee.

Yes, equating Scott Walker's support of stealing Milwaukee's earmark to the Streetcar Versus Commuter rail tiff doesn't really work.

Jun 17, 2014 08:21 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Sure enough,Paul Fanlund of The Capital Times jumps aboard the New Republic’s race train:
to paraphrase the awful Lillian Hellman: Charging racism; thee last refuge of a scoundrel.

Today's pop quiz: How many black people work at the Capital Times? (Hint: It's a small number. A ver-rry small number.)

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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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