May 26, 201512:44 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Walker haters got to hate; cue the vitriol
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A Republican governor appoints conservatives to the UW Board of Regents and the Dane County bench. Cue the vuvuzela symphony! Liberals, progressives, and socialists are outraged. Oh my!
Representative of the situational pique is Blogging Blue, which asks, “Seriously, Judge Troupis?”
Yes, of course the governor wants to appoint people who have done him favors, large and small. But this is ridiculous.
In the press release announcing the appointment, Mr. Walker praises Jim Troupis with these words: “Jim Troupis brings an incredible breadth of experience and talent to the Dane County bench. More than that, he is committed to the rule of law and to public service, and I am confident he will do an excellent job.”
Committed to the rule of law? Mr. Troupis was one of the attorneys assisting Republican lawmakers in redistricting in 2011 … Jim Troupis is the attorney who advised Senator Scott Fitzgerald that the State Senate had the authority to forcibly detain Senate Democrats in 2011, when the Democrats left Wisconsin to prevent the formation of a quorum in the senate. He was David Prosser’s attorney during the recount …
The logic of which is that legislators should be free to flee the state if they are Democrats who don’t want to take a vote. They may wish to consult the Wisconsin Constitution, Article IV, Section 7: “Each house ... may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide.”
As for the legislative redistricting, it was upheld by a federal judge with but a single tweak. He ordered two Hispanic-majority Assembly districts rolled into one with a super-majority at the insistence of the incumbent Democrat. Oh, and Justice Prosser prevailed in the recount as he had in the certified vote. (“Count every vote,” right? Unless the voters live in Brookfield?)
I know Jim Troupis and his legal acumen is unsurpassed, his character, of unimpeachable integrity. He once taught law in Irkutsk, Russian Siberia. He’s an even better fisherman, even having trolled the Amazon on a houseboat. And a great family man. So now the Dane County judiciary has a single conservative jurist among its 17. The sky is falling!