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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.


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May 2, 2014 03:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

walker who?

May 2, 2014 06:07 pm
 Posted by  Leo

Hulsey may be offering up the "low comedy" at the upcoming state GOP convention, but Burke offers up knee slapping humor with her claim that she would have pursued "firm, but fair" changes to collective bargaining along the lines of Act 10.

Funny because in her tenure on the Madison School Board, she's been just another lay down vote for Madison Teachers Incorporated and has never even come close to asking - even politely - for any concessions from the teachers or MTI leadership. And she's never met a spending or tax hike she didn't like or support.

Contrast that with the creative leadership shown by Scott Walker over the past four years and it will tell you all you need to know about the differences between a real leader and a follower.

May 3, 2014 04:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Depending on how much damage 0bama does to this country, and if we cannot take the Senate back from the communists this fall, we may need to have the secession option available. But I'd table that for now, as I believe we will take it back. If I was at the convention, I'd take one of those hoods and print on it "My Name is Brett Hulsey" and walk around like that. Maybe we could give one to Queen Mary. Then we could buy a Chinese bike for Brett. Step back and watch the fireworks.

May 3, 2014 04:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The fact that a delusional clown like Brett Hulsey could be elected to state office by Democrats is very telling about their party, their platform, their cynicism and their utter lack of standards.
He shall make a fine primary opponent for Mary Burke and I intend to vote for him in the open primary, at least once.

Then I'll happily vote to reelect Governor Walker on November 4th.

May 4, 2014 07:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Again leo,

walker who??

May 4, 2014 08:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hulsey is a moron, I'll agree, but speaking of low comedy, more a tragedy really, are the folks promoting secession. Why don't you take a dig at them as well..

And the only creative thing walker has done is cash checks from AFP, WMC, et al.....

May 5, 2014 10:40 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

" ... the only creative thing Walker has done ..."? Perhaps you are forgetting Act 10.

May 5, 2014 02:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You honestly think walker dreamed that up himself? That was spoon fed to him by his handlers. Or did you selective memory kick in again?

May 7, 2014 12:33 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

I don't care if the Big Blue computer "dreamed it up." What difference does it make if Walker found it as a Post-It note in the Book of Kells? His administration did Act 10. And do not suppose that patronizing my name helps make your point. It is merely childish.

May 7, 2014 01:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


So your churlish, immature and bulling posts are not "childish". You make fun of anyone to the left of the Huns, call folks names and adulterate photos of those you mock. You seem to be willing to dish it out but sure are offended when somebody gives it back. How childish.


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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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