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May 4, 201602:21 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The long Republican hangover begins now!

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Like air traffic controller Lloyd Bridges in the movie Airplane, your Humbled Squire picked a bad day to quit huffing glue.

The morning after Donald Trump won Indiana and perhaps the nomination of the party of Lincoln and Reagan, my Facebook page resembles the condolence page on a funeral home’s website. “He fought valiantly but a cure was not to be.”

Is Jim Gilmore still in the race?

The Lovely Lisa, doyenne of the Stately Manor, asked what would be the point of going to the Cleveland convention in mid-July if the nomination were assured. “For the riots,” I answered. It’s been over 40 years since the Squire last tasted tear gas. There will be riots if Trump actually does get the nomination, riots if he does not.

I’m on the 15th rewrite of my contribution to In Business magazine’s wildly popular Political Posturing feature. Can’t seem to expunge the calls for armed insurrection. Don’t get us RINOs angry, we write a pretty nasty letter.

Ah, hell. Whom (said the grammar Nazi) can out-nasty Mr. McNasty himself? The Orange Overlord, as the Bergmeister calls him. Quick, more Cheetos!

The guy is poised to win all the marbles, talks about unifying the party, and then promotes a crackpot story about Ted Cruz’s father being on the grassy knoll in Dallas? Where are the “better angels” of Abraham Lincoln? Gone to graveyards, every one. Christ! Now I’m quoting that commie, Pete Seeger.

(“The juxtaposition was telling: the intellectually reckless and dishonest demagogue at his worst, even as he sealed his improbable victory.” — Charlie Sykes at RightWisconsin.)

Dear old dad had FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, and JFK. We’ve got the Hildabeast, a Venezuelan socialist (got toilet paper?), and the American Mussolini. All three, big-government statists. Where do we small-government conservatives go?

The Club for Growth calls Trump’s economic policy “liberal.” Reason magazine calls him an “Enemy of the Constitution.” The National Review read Trump out of the conservative movement just like founder Bill Buckley defenestrated the John Birchers and paved the way for Ronald Reagan — a true gentleman, btw.

It is a revolt against the “establishment,” we are told. Ted Cruz is the Establishment? The guy who tried to shut down the federal government? The guy who royally pissed off John Boehner and Mitch McConnell? Our putative presidential nominee is a higher-profile Sharron Angle. She was the bizarro candidate endorsed by the Tea Party six years ago in order to lose big to a very vulnerable Harry Reid in Nevada.

Democrats will nominate an FBI Person of Interest with more baggage than a Pullman coach, and Lucy van Pelt pulls up the football once again.

As Sparky Griswold asked at the end of his Christmas Vacation rant, “Where’s the Tylenol?”


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May 4, 2016 02:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You ask "Where do we small-government conservatives go?", well certainly not to 2010-2016 Wisconsin. This administration has been actively making local control of local issues a thing of the past. Pick an issue from zoning to school funding and see haw the current crop of clowns in the Party of Small Government has consolidated control in Madison. Keep current.

May 4, 2016 04:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Black man gets the benefit of the doubt because he's in college. White guy doesn't because he's a multiple offender without any job prospects. Blaska objects to the man bites dog story? This scenario plays out every day, but 99% of the time in revers. Whites get deferred prosecution, blacks get thrown in jail. See every article written about incarceration disparities of the last umpteen years. Where was your mewling about justice and racism then?

You deserve Trump and your fate in November. No tears for the Tea Party crowd, which turned out in force for the Donald and Lyin' Ted. All this raging about birth certificates and the audacity of a black man to be president has come home to roost.

Birther Numero Uno will top the GOP ticket in November. If you took him to task for that, please provide a link.

May 5, 2016 02:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The monster Tea Party the Republicans created is now killing its Master. Grab the popcorn and watch with glee as the castle burns.I love a happy ending.

May 5, 2016 02:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This may well be the year for the death of the 2 party system - not that one of either party will not win the presidency- they will - but both parties have had major challenges in the most expensive race of all from people not essentially part of the party hierarchy. (Obama was really far less of an outsider than most people think) As such the internal processes of both are in turmoil . A lot of Bernie supporters are not going to support Hillary even with her opponent being essentially a modern incarnation of Huey Long (Some of Huey's election materials and cartoons could not be run today -they are too vile). And does anyone believe that Trump will follow a party platform he doesn't write? So the system is changing or disintegrating into anarchy. And be careful in Cleveland - my wife is from there- and the police force there makes the Chicago cops in 1968 (or even today) look like professionals. Companies in Cleveland near the convention are encouraging staff to not come to work that week. (My sister in law was told to use her vacation and not come in- not an isolated case)

May 5, 2016 02:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

karma is absolutely beautiful!

May 6, 2016 07:46 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Anononymous 2:26

It's hardly that dramatic. Think Andy Jackson.
Or a more modern equivalent, MoveOn, Netroots and KOS ousted the DLC (Clinton) triangulators and took the Democratic Party hard left.

May 6, 2016 09:20 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You're not suggesting that people are voting against their best interests, are you?

May 6, 2016 09:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Prediction time: Hillary takes popular vote, under five points, because 'Murica, but it's an electoral bloodbath. Dems retake senate, make a ten-fifteen vote dent in the house. Notes: watch the pretzel making when every R candidate is asked if they endorse Casino Mussolini. The Hispanic community will shatter voting records, there is that much motivation, enough to flip a couple of states.

May 6, 2016 01:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Neither Evil

May 6, 2016 04:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

hey must be lying about huffing the glue. This article was the biggest rambling mess you have produced in a long time. The Goobers On Parade put up 17 people and this is the best you could do. These bums have control of both houses and produced nothing. Ryan and Johnson were in Burlington speaking and BOTH OF THEM refused to take questions after their blabbering. That's why people are mad. Do as your told, vote for me, send me money and don't ask questions. The problem with the gop is the lemmings are done jumping off cliffs for these dopes.

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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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