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Mar 31, 201611:31 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The ladies take up the Cruz cause in Madison

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Your anti-social, would-be outlaw biker Squire has attended a few political events in his time but Wednesday’s Ted Cruz event at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison was unique.

Yes, CW music piped in. Check, event starts late. But remarkably short of rah rah, fist pumping, or exhortation. Five empty stuffed lobby seats awaited their occupants. Certainly, one of them would be Scott Walker and the others, local poo-bahs. Nope! Curve ball!

The event was, instead, a little bit Oprah Winfrey — but from the evangelical right. Cruz, now the favorite to win Wisconsin’s presidential primary on April 5, mainly let the women — four in particular — do the talking while he smiled and listened.

“This has to be a first in the history of presidential candidate appearances, a candidate who listens and doesn’t talk,” said Rebecca Hildeman, author and national chair of a women’s group supporting his candidacy. She moderated an entertaining and humanizing panel discussion of how Ted Cruz is good for women. The panel of experts: his wife Heidi Cruz, 81-year-old mother Eleanor Darragh, and former rival Carly Fiorina — the latter famously dissed by their main rival, Donald Trump. They were joined briefly at the beginning by the Cruz daughters, Caroline, 7, and Catherine, 5.

Carly Fiorina takes her place as Heidi Cruz embraces daughters and mother Eleanor, far right, watches. Photo by Todd Osborne.

It was billed as a “Celebration of strong women.”

From a crass political calculus, the event counters rumors (allegedly fed by Trump) that Cruz is an adulterer. The well-attended event — let’s say 500 and standing room only — also differed in tone with a much softer focus. Instead of put-downs and insults, the words “love” and “faith” predominated. The event did not require tickets; it was not picketed or disrupted.

“I need to tell you why I fell in love with him. It’s how incredibly thoughtful he is,” said Heidi Cruz, daughter of African missionaries. "This is a son who was by his mother's side when she had breast cancer. This is a husband who has suggested I go for every single promotion I have ever gotten."

Your humble Squire (lower left) got a prime seat. (Milwaukee Fox TV-6 News grab).

Cruz himself told the story of a worried mother sleeping in his bed so that, when he returned home as a young man she would know that he had gotten home while still getting some sleep. “My mother loved me unconditionally.”

It was his mother’s first on-stage role in the campaign, he said. A believable claim, because Eleanor had to be told to put the microphone closer to her mouth.


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Mar 31, 2016 01:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

500 ??? please

Mar 31, 2016 02:00 pm
 Posted by  John

Cruz: the only major party candidate left who has any respect for the Constitution. Good enough for me. Best of luck of Tuesday, Ted!

Mar 31, 2016 02:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Cruz: the only major party candidate left who believes the Earth is just 4,000 to 6,000 years old. Good enough for John, apparently. Best of luck on Tuesday, common sense, science, and reason!

Mar 31, 2016 02:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I vouch for that - 500 were there, although about 100 of them were the press.
I didn't notice you there in the back Dave, I was in the back on the opposite side.

Mar 31, 2016 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

B/S the room holds 275 capacity. you are telling me it was double.

tired of all the lies. or if I am nice, exaggerations.

Mar 31, 2016 02:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

there's less than a hundred in the picture you post.

Mar 31, 2016 03:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

cruz was the repubs total nemesis, now he is the messiah,

I am really embarrassed for the state I live in, the politics are insane.

look at bradley another walker loser. SAD.

Apr 1, 2016 03:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I threw up in my mouth two paragraphs into this presumably paid promotion. Ted's mother loved him unconditionally? He's his wife's biggest cheerleader? What incredibly unique attributes! I can't imagine any other presidential candidate doing that, let alone a random guy at the grocery store!

Ted Cruz was my second to last choice, but there's nothing like having literally nobody else to choose from...

This is the Blaskiest Blaska Blog yet!

Apr 1, 2016 03:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The only Republican who can win Wisconsin is Kasich, who may or may not love his wife as much as Ted loves his.

The next time Ted Cruz has an unrehearsed moment, it will be his first. He's about as genuine and authentic as Monopoly money.

Apr 1, 2016 04:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


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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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