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 issue … Doom Walker? Guess not, Comrade John.
Ruth Conniff … Progressive 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.