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Nov 5, 201410:31 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Time for our Democratic acquaintances to come to Jesus

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Doing analysis for WMTV-15 on election night, news anchors Leigh Mills and John Stofflet asked if Scott Walker, victorious for the third time in four years, would reach out to Democrats in the Legislature.

Your humble Squire answered that it is about time Democrats reached out to Republicans. (I was paired with analyst Roger Putnam, who snapped the accompanying edited photograph.)

Walker did reach out to Democrats after his recall victory in June 2012 with an outdoor cookout at the governor’s residence. Union boss Marty Beil and the Slymer picketed.

Republicans appear to have added to their 18-15 majority in the Senate Tuesday night by one member.

Swapping out Dale Schultz, who identified as a Republican, for a real Republican like Howard Marklein in southwest Wisconsin has to be considered another pickup. Republicans at least held their 60-39 advantage in the Assembly.

Notably, Democrat Amy Sue Vruwink in central Wisconsin lost her bid for re-election. Desperate, Vruwink put out a lit piece picturing her with Scott Walker, but voters went for the real thing, Republican Nancy VanderMeer.

Time for Democrats to come to Jesus. Time to grow some moderates instead of trolling for Republican defectors like Dale Schultz.

Scott Walker became a political rock star by becoming the only governor to survive a recall. Now he can fill a stadium. He’s on the A-list. Ready for prime time. His election night victory speech from West Allis was rock-’em, sock-’em. In a televised debate, he owns the stage. He’s telegenic, comfortable in his own skin, McLuhan media-cool. His love for wife and sons is authentic. His religious faith is strong. He’s got the bona fides. If the Republican presidential primary resembles the cattle calls of the past, with a stage full of hopefuls, Scott Walker will shine like a light-emitting diode.

The real winner of the night is limited government, free enterprise, and personal freedom. There are many losers:

Mike Tate … His résumé is in the mail … delivered at bulk-rate postage. Problem: Graeme Zielinski is his only reference.

Paul Fanlund … Thoroughly in the tank … has been deficit-spending whatever journalistic credibility he may have had … not even Obama can bail him out.

WEAC … Office property for sale or lease in park-like setting off Madison’s Beltline Highway atop Nob Hill … could convert to condos; splendid hilltop view of Madison and its lakes to the north. Motivated seller.

State Sen. Chris Larson … An arrogant true believer, spectacularly misplayed the 17th Senate, his party’s best hope for a pickup. Help him move out of those nice Capitol leadership offices.

Patrick Bomhack … Asking for the refund of his room rental deposit at the Spring Green Motel. All farm cap, no dairy barn. Independent! Ya, sure.

Dale Schultz … Proving why he did not seek re-election: voters in his district had already repudiated him. Persona non grata to Republicans, Dems no longer need or want him. Goes where useful idiots go: that place where nobody knows your name. Lending name and image to carpetbagging Democrat’s literature helped not a bit.

Mary Burke … Not surprised if she quits the Madison school board for an extended, um, sabbatical.

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, vowed: “We have a score to settle with Scott Walker.” Consider it settled: Walker 2, Big Labor 0.

City of Madison … Reaping the whirlwind. Live by the Capitol occupation, die by the Capitol occupation. Who gets Walker, Fitzgerald, or Vos’ ear? Paul Soglin? Fred Risser? Chris Taylor?

John Matthews … The last dinosaur. Needs a final push from Ed Hughes and remainder of the school board. Sow discord somewhere else.

One Scot Ross … A nasty piece of business. Hate just doesn’t wear well, Scot.

War on Women … Surrendered to Rebecca Kleefisch, Vicki McKenna, Mary Lazich, Leah Vukmir, Margaret Farrow, Tonette Walker, Sheila Harsdorf, Alberta Darling, Kristi LaCroix, Julianne Appling, Nancy Bartlett, Joni Ernst. … Here’s the male Democrat challenging South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley: “We are going to escort [the] whore out the door.”

The Blue Fist posters … Looking a little more faded and a lot more ridiculous.

Comrade Nichols … Time to trade up for a working crystal ball. Writing in The Nation magazine before the polls closed, my socialist acquaintance prophesized, “Republican governors moved after the 2010 election to implement austerity policies that, while different from state to state, have included assaults on labor unions and funding for public education and public services. Those have not proved to be economically sound, or it turns out politically popular.” Except that Republicans won deep-blue states Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts. They held deeply contested Florida, Georgia, Maine, and Wisconsin. They took over Arkansas. Republican challenges in Connecticut and Colorado were still too close to call. They lost only Pennsylvania.

Wendy Davis … Filibustered for abortion in Texas, thought it would be a springboard to governor. Of Texas.

Class warfare … Two years after going all Bolshevik on Mitt Romney, Dems back a one-percenter like Mary Burke: two-year snowboarding sabbatical, exporter of jobs to China, essentially unemployed these last five years.

Jesse Opoien … Kudos to whoever called The Capital Times writer “Jesse Opinion” … wrote a cringe-worthy piece of campaign puffery headlined “On her campaign bus, Mary Burke reveals warmth, work ethic.” Dog lover, philanthropist, businesswoman … Hey you two, get a room!

Move to Amend … The liberal-progressive-socialist attack on the First Amendment has been turned back for now … that won’t stop them from blaming Citizens United for why they lost.

Minimum wage issueDoom Walker? Guess not, Comrade John.

Ruth ConniffProgressive editor defends teachers unions but can’t say what’s progressive about them. Judging by Tuesday’s election results, teachers unions are also political poison.


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Nov 5, 2014 10:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Beautiful....I envy your platform. It must truly have been a joy to write it.
Seriously, just beautiful.
Thank you for recapping and noting the absolute idiocy surrounding this campaign from the left.

Nov 5, 2014 10:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave...let us bask in the warm sunshine of the right side of history. Must be dark and cold over there on the other side. But that's what democracy looks like. Will the election results stop the H8? Time will tell. Look forward to hearing you on Friday.
Juan Diego

Nov 5, 2014 11:00 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great article Dave. I would have died laughing but then I would miss all the liberal heads exploding over the next four years. Keep up the good work!

Dave, not B

Nov 5, 2014 11:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

When the Republicans got absolutely trounced in 2008, did they "come to Jesus"? I'd argue they did the exact opposite and wound up with what we saw last night. This stopped being about governing a long time ago and for that we have conservatives who couldn't bare to see Obama succeed in anything to blame. The smart move is to flush the DPW of anyone affiliated with Doyle, a governor who didn't use majorities in both houses to steamroller his opposition. Bring in someone able to play hardball. That's the game.

Nov 5, 2014 11:48 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Keep up the good work, Dave Blaska. You are the only source of accurate, detailed information and commentary on the Madison power structure, because "Progressives" still don't believe in publicly criticizing other socialists, as "Progressive" lawyer William Kunstler famously said at the peak of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.

Nov 5, 2014 12:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yes, Dave, the Forces of Darkness Reigned Supreme last night. Congratulations on the upcoming continued decline of Wisconsin. I also admire your grace in victory ("screw those feckless politicians that congratulate their defeated opponents").
But, hey! Thanks for the shout out, you flatter me once again. As for those predicted remorseful business types, I see your boy only won by 5%, not the previous 7%. Could it be...? Prove me wrong!
I'm sure you'll be relieved to hear I ain't going away,

Nov 5, 2014 12:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Honestly, Dave, I'm surprised you still have the strength to spike the football this hard. Try not to let it hit you in the face on the return bounce. Be a shame to mess up that chiseled visage of yours.

Nov 5, 2014 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Too bad dave can't be gracious while basking in the glow of victory. He still has to call people names.

Nov 5, 2014 02:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A**hats. Republicants and all the fools who follow/believe/vote for them. They must have hit their heads on the kitchen cupboard and gone all lying stupid-like, ala Scott (I didn't know about the illegal router 25 feet from my desk) Walker.

Nov 5, 2014 02:17 pm
 Posted by  John

AnonyBob's only solace: Walker wins by 0.1% less than in 2010 (actually garnering 131,000 MORE votes). I'll admit a LITTLE guilty pleasure in hearing the wailing and gnashing of teeth in and around hyper-partisan Madison today, but like most non-liberals I won't linger in it but instead I'll get right back to work, trying to build a better life for me, my family, and my community.

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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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