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May 26, 201512:44 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Walker haters got to hate; cue the vitriol

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Rainmaker, rainmaker grant me a wish

Most of the vitriol has been directed at attorney and industrialist Michael M. Grebe, who has offended the left for being sired by Michael W. Grebe, who chairs the Bradley Foundation, which ranks among the local left’s favorite bugaboos with the Kochs, ALEC, and FOX News.

Grebe pere formerly chaired Foley & Lardner law firm, which puts us in mind of the equanimity that greeted Jim Doyle’s appointment of Madison attorney David G. Walsh, also of Foley & Lardner, to the board of regents just two weeks into his first term in 2003.

Sure enough, within two weeks of his leaving office in 2011, Foley & Lardner’s Madison office announced its newest hire was Jim Doyle.

Of course, it did not hurt that Doyle and Walsh were old Madison West High School chums and fellow graduates of Harvard Law. Or that David and Nancy Walsh contributed over $66,000 to Jim Doyle’s attorney general and governor campaigns over the years, and undoubtedly solicited much more from others.

Three takeaways:

  • It is a First Amendment right of free speech to contribute time, talent, and treasure to political campaigns.
  • Friendship is no disqualification for appointment.
  • If elected officials can not appoint persons sharing their political philosophy, then why have elections?

NSA surveillance intercepts:

•  Glad I dropped off #1 Son in my Jeep Cherokee before the school board banned  Indian logos. That should restore order in the hallways! BTW: Black Hawk Middle School does not have to change its name. — At the No Comment site.

•  Bob Woodward: Bush Didn’t Lie About Iraq and Obama Blew It — Gateway Pundit.

•  Anyone notice? Our most literate police chief quoted the movie American Sniper in announcing his crackdown on the gangbangers shooting up Madison.

… there will be times, as is the case right now, where the guardians must act as shepherds to the “flock” and take a definitive and affirmative step to repel the wolves from the defenseless sheep. Those who prey on one another and use our streets and neighborhoods as a firing range, paying no heed to the safety of innocent people, must be caught and held accountable for their actions. I am all for using a graduated approach of prevention and intervention prior to bringing the full force of the statutory authority of the police to bear. But there comes a time when we must shift gears to “suppression.” That’s where we are at today and that is what has been taking place the past 48 hours and continuing until such time as is needed.

Mike Koval has the early lead for the Policy Werkes’ “Man of the Year.”

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May 26, 2015 01:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I don't think the issue is that the appointees are conservative, but that they (or their families) have big-time conflict of interest. But then you neglected to mention that part.

May 26, 2015 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"...cue the vitriol"?
Jeeze, Dave, I almost spewed my coffee when I read that. Coming from Blaska? Pot, kettle, all that. One thing you can say about the tea drinkers: irony is dead, along with self-reflection. Walsh? Troupis? Both may be friends of governors, but Walsh (a former neighbor of mine) is a man of complete integrity. Troupis; not so much. Young Grebe? Qualified because...? Add personal integrity to the list of endangered character traits of the 'baggers.
And Dave, when are you going to get off this parochial, Madison race relations kick? There are much bigger fish you should be frying. Did you notice your Senator Tea Party Empty Suit is waaaaay behind the man he beat 5 years ago? Maybe if he personally attended listening sessions in every county every year, like a former senator did, instead of cowardly just sending staff, he'd be more well known. But then if he did, he WOULD be more well known, and his constituents would understand why he's widely considered the most vulnerable member of the senate. But he must be tough to stand up for, even for a guy like you, when he openly says he'd be fine with losing on election night because then he could just go home. Mr. Fire in the Belly. And did you notice how poorly things are going for Governor Unannounced Candidate? Fired from the plum jobs chairmanship he created for himself and his stinking pile of a budget looking shaky even in the hands of a GOP rubber stamp legislature that any tin pot dictator would be proud to own?
Come on, Dave! Let's talk bigger issues! But I guess there isn't much for you to work with, is there?

May 26, 2015 03:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A former neighbor of mine is a man of integrity because he mows his lawn straight and his dog doesn't pee on my bushes.
Let's hear it for Bernie Sanders - he probably doesn't even wear deodorant.

May 26, 2015 03:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Question: Why are you using your font, your time, your reputation to divide people by their political beliefs? I'm very curious why anyone, much less anyone that is given space for their words - would behave so recklessly, so - unprofessionally, so undignified?

Patti - Madison

May 26, 2015 04:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

the only statement in this article that is true.

you are right blaska, I hate walker.

May 26, 2015 04:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Interesting that the multiple arrested perps in the Madison shooting sprees over the last few months have not been publicly named.

Interesting too, that the shootings appear to have ceased since the arrests.

Thanks to MPD, no thanks to YGB.

May 26, 2015 04:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It so funny that Dave seems to think, "what has Walker done that is so wrong that people should be mad."

Stop me when you read a positive --- trashed the state's squeaky clean political image, tied our legs together economically in order to advance crackpot right wing economics, crony capitalism on steroids, created an environment of extreme divisiveness, retarded innovation, attacked our education system, turned the state into a environmental dumping ground, lagged behind the country in practically every economic measure.

Other than that, what have we got to be so angry about.

But if you go for turning Wisconsin into Mississippi, then everything is rosy.

May 26, 2015 04:44 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Annony at 01:09 snarks, "I don't think the issue is that the appointees are conservative, but that they (or their families) have big-time conflict of interest. But then you neglected to mention that part."

How does Jim Troupis or Michael M. Grebe have more conflicts of interest than Doyle rainmaker David Walsh? If you are going to make accusations like that you need to support your allegations.

May 26, 2015 08:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, we are just plain fed up with our absentee Governor. Conservatives believe Scott K. Walker is the second coming. His State Budget is a piece of crap that smells like a dumpster fire. I know it and you know it too. Many of us see a self serving career politician that takes no personal responsibility for his failures and poor judgement. And God knows, it is a long and growing list. Perhaps the galavanting Governor should be asking for forgiveness rather than seeking devine direction. Quite frankly, Scott Walker's personal gain has trumped good government and good judgement. If the Republicans are gullable enough to nominate him for Prez, I am going to WEDC and ask for a loan to expand production in my barf bag company. Market research shows that Scott Walker political ads make a million plus people in Wisconsin want to puke.

May 27, 2015 06:34 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

AnonyBob you need Blaska to identify them for you and explain them to you.

Nice minor stroke of irony in decrying vitriol before becoming vitriolic.

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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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