May 2, 201410:19 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Low comedy in Milwaukee
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So much for that Madison dialogue on race. Brett Hulsey to the rescue. In the tradition of political vaudeville, the Madison legislator and candidate for governor is substituting caricature and hyperbole for reason and dialogue. He — or his minions — will wear the white hoods of the KKK and confederate uniforms at this weekend’s Republican state convention in Milwaukee.
Well, my old county board colleague did say he would make it interesting, and more power to him. Of course, he’s not going to convince anyone not already converted, but sometimes you have to stir up the foot soldiers before sending them into battle.
To his credit, Democratic Party boss Mike Tate has denounced Hulsey’s stunt. Then again, Brett is persona non grata for ignoring the memo from HDQ that it’s Our Ms. Burke or the highway.
Republicans in the 6th District brought some of this on themselves by forwarding a secession resolution to the convention. No, it has nothing to do with race and everything to do with Obamacare, but it’s still stupid. And Republicans everywhere are denouncing it. Fifty Republican state reps have written an open letter to delegates decrying the “worthless resolution.”
The 6th District is home to Ripon, birthplace of the Republican Party, the party that ended slavery and fought to preserve the union.
If Republicans were embarrassed that a secession resolution bubbled up to its state convention — and they should be! — Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, came to the rescue. Dumb, meet dumber.
Nice and naive
Speaking of whom, the Anointed One tells us she would have enacted the Act 10 reforms “the nice way,” in fellow wizard James Wigderson’s locution.
Mary Burke sayeth: “I think it was only fair to ask for contributions to health care and to pensions, um, but I think those could have been negotiated, ah, certainly firmly but fairly.” Negotiated with whom? Was Burke paying attention in 2010-11?” What chutzpah! The lady has never negotiated a union contract in her life.
She woulda, coulda, and shoulda. The state labor unions played hardball throughout 2010. They were holding out for someone more pliable than … (wait for it) … JIM DOYLE! Then the unthinkable happened and Scott Walker beat Tom Barrett — except that public opinion poll after poll predicted the Republican’s victory. But there’s no accounting for union arrogance. Only AFTER the Republican sweep did they try to get the lame duck Dem Legislature to buy into their contracts. The lame-duck Dem leader of the Senate voted no.