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Nov 12, 201401:15 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Three Walker victories in four years? Blame the voters, blame the nonvoters, blame George W. Bush!

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Your humble squire, dark ops operative for the Great Conservative Conspiracy, has been in a good mood this past week. High-fivin’ and jive-talkin’ my handler, the horribly disfigured half-Koched brother, Alec.

But The Squire does not gloat. Been on the other end too many times here in The Emerald City. One major difference with our defeated liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances: Conservatives don’t demean the voters as ignorant, don’t blame them for “voting against their own interests,” don’t conjure unseen hobgoblins, don’t blame voting machines or dimpled chads, don’t whine or complain. No, there’s nothing wrong with Kansas.

After the good guys congratulate the winners, we put on the sackcloth and reexamine our message, political machinery, and quality of our candidates.

But what of our l-p-s acquaintances? The white lab coats here at the Blaska Policy Werkes and Tanning Salon have launched drones over The Emerald City. They’re equipped with super-sensitive detection equipment searching for evidence of introspection. So far, not a beep.

As National Review explains in “Smarter than Thou,” “The ‘stupidity of the American voter’ is an article of faith for the Left.” 

Take this load of sour apples from the Wisconsin correspondent for DailyKos: “Thank you, non-voters for electing me.” (“Wisconsin: They deserved it …”) Seriously? In the highest-turnout Wisconsin governor’s election ever?

Why couldn’t you get them to vote?

Threatening to kick my Republican Ass-embly

The corporation that speaks as if it were a person bills itself as “Your Progressive Voice.” Unselfconsciously led the cheers for Mary Burke, to the point of “reporting” that the Democrat “reveals warmth, work ethic” and loves her dogs. (Authorized but not paid for by Burke for Governor, Mike Tate, treasurer.)

But Matt Kittle and Wisconsin Reporter are biased, speaks The Progressive Voice, for performing some investigative journalism into Burke’s self-proclaimed, but never verified, successes at the family bike shop. (No, brother John wouldn’t be biased in her favor.)

“What a novel idea to get your political message across by couching it as supposedly objective journalism,” says the editor emeritus — one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet but, from the evidence, immune to any sense of irony or, come to think of it, objective journalism.

They’re still at it, a week after the election — the name-calling, the conspiracy mongering, the sore loser-ing. Here is Paul Fanlund about the man elected three times in four years by the people of Wisconsin: “As a career politician with access to unlimited money, he is, it must be admitted after three elections, a consummate craftsman in winning by dividing.”

For $20, Alex, what do you call the Democrats’ supposed “War on Women” strategy, if not divisive?

“For four years, Democrats have vilified Scott Walker,” Collin Roth writes for RightWisconsin (may be paywall):

It has gone far beyond the normal negativity that is par for the course in American politics. During the debate over Act 10 a Democratic State Senator compared the law to Hitler while another compared it to slavery. Chairman Mike Tate screamed at the top of his lungs in 2012 that Scott Walker would see the inside of a jail term before he saw the inside of second term. Businesses that supported Walker were boycotted. Schools that Walker visited were picketed and vandalized. And Walker’s family were subject to harassment and threats.

Roth’s list is only for starters. There is that bibulous tweeter Graeme Zielinski, the bilious One Scot Ross, and the misogynist Slymer. The latter, then on WTDY radio, said this immediately after Scott Walker polled almost as many votes, unopposed, as all five Democrats in the May 2012 recall primary. After invoking The Squire by his Christian name:

I will say to any political hack like you that is collecting a government pension, and now pissing all over state workers: I’m going to kick your ass. I am going to come over there to Orchard Ridge and knock on doors and we’re going to get a lot of state workers and kick your ass — and that piece of white trash you go on the air with, we’re going to kick her ass, too.

Now THAT is “hate radio!” But Republicans are “divisive.”

Clinging to our guns and religion

There are signs of self-examination outside the Emerald City. Out-state Democrats are realizing that their close identification with the Madison crazies during the Occupation of the Capitol has come back to bite them. New Dem Senate leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse (as reported by the La Crosse Tribune):

We need to figure out what our message is. How do we talk about guns and Jesus with rural Wisconsin? We do that poorly. We need to connect with people who are investors and believers in our vision.

She was joined by State Rep. Steve Doyle, D-Onalaska:

We don’t relate well to rural Wisconsin. Do we want to be bomb throwers or try to be a productive minority party?


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Nov 12, 2014 01:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, your blog has turned into a collection of cheap shots and catch phrases that I'm sure you find funny, but I find confusing. And not funny. I still read, but it doesn't make me think like it once did. This week has been a series of settling scores. For a celebrating blogger, you sure sound angry.

You're also full of it up to your neck. Blaska doesn't gloat now? What do you call last Wednesday's diatribe? You made a list of people you don't like and flipped them all the bird!

Finally: Polly Williams grew to oppose the expansion of school choice. Read Bruce Murphy on her here:

Nov 12, 2014 02:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nothing cheap about Blaska's shots. Everyone of them true and earned. Own it!

Nov 12, 2014 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Mr. Blaska, the People's Republic of Madison /Progressive Left/ politics are your canvass, and sarcasm and irony are your medium.

Suffer not fools and traffic not in labels; continue to irk the self-righteous /hoi-polloi/ with fact, logic, and reason, and continue to smile and infuriate them as you have fun, as they do not care to understand what you are saying.

Nov 12, 2014 03:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Another fact-less claim on this blog: "The Squire does not gloat". That is funny beyond words. It was probably a typo caused by the auto-correct function on Blaska's computer. It should have read, "The Squire is not a goat".

Nov 12, 2014 04:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Another classic expose of the hypocrisy of the Occupied Zone!

Nov 12, 2014 11:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"The Squire does not gloat" invalidated every word that followed. These score-settling blogs written since the election are not very flattering of you, nor very interesting to read.

Nov 13, 2014 07:57 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Anonymouse 1:50 I thank you. Your pitch perfect whining is a pleasure to anyone who appreciates unintended irony.
'I cheap shot your cheap shots'
'I'm confused - Your fault.'
'I'm not laughing - Your fault.'

It is a fine post script to the premise of the column;

'No one turned out - Stupid non voters.'
'The people that voted, voted wrong - Stupid voters.'

Keep up the good work.

Nov 13, 2014 09:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Mr. Blaska: Keep the barbs and jabs coming, we love to see the smelly Madison Progressive zoo in a state of uproar. Much like in the electorate, the silent majority who dutifully go to work and pay their taxes, also read your column without much fanfare. But when the time comes, we have your back covered, just as we came out in record numbers to support thrice-elected Governor Scott Walker.

Expect no quarter and give none. Scott Walker for President 2016!

A Northwoods American Patriot

Nov 13, 2014 12:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Replies like this are exactly why Blaska writes these: "smelly Madison Progressive zoo."

A Northwoods American Patriotis as full of it as Blaska. He's all venison sausage, no deer tags.

Nov 13, 2014 12:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Squire does not gloat.

Not here:


Or here:

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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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