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May 6, 201409:02 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Partisan corporation says Scott Walker is a terrible person; worse, he has no charisma

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There is an air of desperation at the corporation that speaks as if it were a person. Scott Walker is living rent-free inside its head. Paul Fanlund’s spittle-flecked diatribe Monday exceeds anything that Segway Jeremy or Pink Dress Guy could muster after a sleepless night in the Rotunda.

“So, do we like what Scott Walker has made us into?” (made us into?), the editor asks. Now we’re all terrible people because Scott Walker made us that way? Walker is

a small, divisive, narrow-minded career politician who always has and always will put his political self-interest first …

As opposed to career politician Barack Obama, one supposes. That The Capital Times thinks it can discern motivation — what lies at a person’s heart — is high chutzpah. The party boss-anointed Mary Burke, by contrast, is

the perfect antidote. In person and in public, Burke comes across as smart, humble, sincere and altruistic. … Burke seems not to have a bombastic or mean-spirited bone in her body [et cetera, etc., etc.].

And such nice hair and perfect teeth! For those who like a lump of sugar with their treacle.

Paul waxes nostalgic about the kinder and gentler days of Lee Sherman Dreyfus and Tommy G. Thompson. The truth is his newspaper savaged those two gentlemen while they were in office in service of its chronically angry agenda. There’s a reason why, when Dreyfus did a turn as a radio disc jockey, he dedicated the CW hit “Take This Job and Shove It” to The Capital Times. And how many times did you disparage the next Republican governor as “King Tommy”?

TGT used to say that he could walk across Lake Mendota from the governor’s mansion and The Capital Times would write, “Governor can’t swim.” No, if Wisconsin politics displays an excess of rancor, be assured that you added the vinegar.

Fanlund disparages Walker as having no charisma in comparison to Ronald Reagan. (“Governor, you’re no Ronald Reagan.”) I wrote about Ronald Reagan, too. (I stepped on his shoe once and was lifted off by the Secret Service.) If Reagan is a 100 on the charisma chart, Walker is an 80 and Burke is a single digit.

Let’s see if Mary Burke reports Fanlund’s freebie as an in-kind campaign donation. It is that sycophantic.


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May 6, 2014 10:38 am
 Posted by  patricko

I think it's safe to say that Tommy Thompson's political career is over, and Lee Dreyfus died years ago. So while Tommy is still upright, I think he technically qualifies for the liberal rule that says the only good conservative is a dead one. The only time they will get praise from the left is when they are out of the picture and can be compared favorably to a currently unfavorable conservative.

May 6, 2014 11:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for posting this. It took every fiber of my being not to comment on PF's piece. Although the headline caught my attention and I thought he may have had something interesting to say... it turned out to be a hate/love piece as if written by a 13 year old. (So many infinites and absolutes)

Scott Walker is the WORST we HATE him, and Mary Burke is the BEST ever. She is so AWESOME And the hindsight was not only 20/20 but infrared. Unions were prepared to compromise? Refresh my memory...what and when were they going to compromise....

Scott Walker is not perfect and neither is Ms. Burke...

As a confirmed moderate, I found myself feeling foolish and angry for reading a piece like that to the end. But I comfort myself in the fact that the TCT rarely is writing this as a service to me, they just feel obligated to keep their base angry and coming back for more. ....Instead of having a well thought out editorial.

May 6, 2014 01:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sycophantic? Tune into 1310 sometime when Mr. B and Ms. V are on. It's alternately a Scott Walker love fest and conservative pity party (we don't get no respect 'round these parts!).

May 6, 2014 04:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What's the difference between Paul Fanlund's blathering and the blathering of Michael Blaska? Each would have you see everything from a slanted perspective.

Blaska's problem is that he does not understand that he is the pot calling the kettle black.

A pox on both their houses.

May 7, 2014 01:14 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I knew Fanlund was small minded but I never knew it was so small that Gov. Walker could turn him and his fellow liars into mindless zombies. Maybe the CIA should take mind control classes from the gov. As for myself, the gov has turned me into a smiley face. Lower taxes, an improving state economy and knowing my job with the state won't require furloughs or layoffs sure make me smile.

May 7, 2014 07:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

walker is a bum Period !!!

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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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