Nov 18, 201408:22 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Upon further review, the ruling on Nov. 4 stands
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The graybacks among us may remember when the soccer moms voted in Bill Clinton, when the religious right elected George W. Bush. Now, a species once heretofore thought near politically extinct is being credited for the Republican onslaught on Nov. 4: old white men.
Once thought suitable only for parody on The Daily Show, derision at The Nation, and blood libel at elite gender studies programs, this ethno group has been newly discovered by reputable political scientists and Sunday morning talk shows. These old white males are characterized by a fondness for deer hunting, NASCAR, football, and refrigerated beer. They’re also responsible for global warming, the Black Death, and the baby boom. Worse, older white men refuse to play the victim, and victims are the feedstock of the progressive enterprise.
The white lab coats jargon, boiled down, comes out this way: The supposed Republican “War on Women” meme ballyhooed by the Democrat(ic) party backfired like straight pipes on a hopped-up Harley. Men be P.O.’d. (Full disclosure: The Squire self-identifies as an older white male.)
Here in Wisconsin, Scott Walker lost women 46% to 54% but got 60% of the male vote. Walker won rural voters by the exact same margin he did in 2010, 58% to 41%. He won all age groups over 40. These are people who may not be all hopey changey, but they recognize barnyard soil nutrients when they smell them.
Inveterate race-baiter Eugene Kane can’t help but play the race card — that’s his meal ticket. But this time he throws down against Democrats.
The white Democrats have taken the black vote for granted for so long that many still seem surprised to discover that many African-Americans don’t share their traditional opinions on things such as abortion, gun control, labor unions or even school prayer.
Over at Urban Milwaukee, Bruce Thompson observes:
One obstacle to winning back working class white men has got to confront the Democratic tendency to conceptualize the electorate as consisting of identity groups — blacks, Hispanics, women, environmentalists, gays, and so on — each with a grievance. … Few in the present Democratic leadership know how to talk to voters who aren’t already won over.
Thompson asks, quite reasonably, how Democrats can claim a majority of voters when they continue to purge the imagined heathens among them.
There has been an attempt to purge the party of heretics. This first became evident in the repeated attempts to get rid of longtime Democratic State Senator Jeff Plale. Plale’s opponent Chris Larson went on to lead successful purges of other Milwaukee Democrats who had taken positions he disapproved of. This tendency can also be seen in continued efforts to paint Chris Abele as a conservative.
Smile the next time you say “Tea Party,” pilgrim.
As the second open enrollment period begins, Obamacare’s approval rating hit a new low. Gallup reports 37% approve, 56% disapprove. Credit: Tim Donovan
A mighty thin bench
Steve Walters remains one of the straightest shooters in the Capitol pressroom. He asks, who will lead the Democrats?
“The party badly needs leadership but the bench looks thin,” judges the former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter. Walters doubts that Russ Feingold will run against Ron Johnson two years hence, noting that the former was nowhere to be seen on any campaign stop this fall. “He was always more about Russ-building than party-building.”
That Mike Tate has had more misfires than Jay Quitler (my analogy) facing a Clay Matthews blitz. Who will lead? Walters is putting his considerable acumen behind Jen Shilling and Joe Parisi.
My brother wizard, James Wigderson, reveals that former Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesmouth Graeme Zielinski, a suspected Tourette’s syndrome sufferer, “was working for the Democrats in Illinois on the governor’s race.” Their governor, Pat Quinn, was defeated. Mr. W wonders, “How desperate were Democrats in Illinois that they would hire Zielinski? … Finally, I wonder who drove Zielinski to Springfield?”
Nonetheless, he remains a favorite guest on The Slymer’s show, as was their candidate for governor.