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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.


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Nov 18, 2014 10:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


You are a little late reporting that old white guys vote for R's. I can recall being with my grandpa and his "old white guy" buddies and listening to the likes of Rueben LaFave, Tiny Krueger, Paul Alfonsi and Alvin O'Konski chat in his living room. But those guys weren't like the R's of today. LaFave and Krueger were proud to be know as guys that would work both sides of the aisle. LaFave went as far as getting his Mustang re-badged with "Maverick" emblems.

Now I'm an old white guy, and I wouldn't vote for today's R unless there was a big sea change in attitude and policy.

Nov 18, 2014 12:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Now I'm an old white guy, and I wouldn't vote for today's R unless there was a big sea change in attitude and policy." - ANONYMOUS 10:10 AM

Old maybe, but I doubt you're as white as you think you are, anonymous.

Nov 18, 2014 01:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Still not gloating, right? Just checking.

Nov 18, 2014 03:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 12:26 :

That is a stupid comment, but maybe you could expand upon it a bit. Or are you pulling a blaska and backing off when confronted with the truth?

Nov 19, 2014 11:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let me try this comment again, with more polite language (I used a common texting abbreviation that contains an objectionable word, the moderator was correct to sit on it):
12:26 - what exactly does "...I doubt you're as white as you think you are..." mean?
Dave, this guy is on your side: what say you?

Nov 19, 2014 11:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

AnonyBob: What does "I'm an old white guy" mean? Exactly what is it that makes you "white" and why does it matter enough to you to self-identify as such especially when you are, after all, anonymous?

Also why the prickliness when someone questions your apparent need to racialize one of your blog comments?

Nov 19, 2014 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

11:58 - What are you talking about?

Nov 19, 2014 03:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


I'm the guy who wrote the first post and used Blaskas definition of my demographic. So for your enlightenment I am as follows: mid-60's, white hair, 100% central european ethnicity, good physical shape (no joints replaced yet), several college degrees, and semi-retired as a part-time consultant. Voted for Nixon, Ford, GHWB, and Tommy T.

But I think I have stayed put as the Republicans have moved farther and farther to the right. Nixon or Thompson couldn't win a primary let alone a general election these days.

And don't accuse anonybob of racializing anything. You, Blaska and anon 12:26 did a fine job of that.

Nov 19, 2014 04:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If America were a video game, "old," "white," and "male" would be its easiest settings. Congratulations for being old, white and male. Good job on keeping things easier for yourself. Forgive us if we're not thrilled about the way your fellow old, white men have historically treated everyone else. Are you part of that problem? Maybe not. Are you part of the solution? I haven't seen any evidence of it if you have. Definitely not on this blog.

Nov 19, 2014 06:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

4:37 - Once again (if you were 11:58), what on earth are you talking about? What "evidence" do you expect to see from the first poster, Disgruntled Old White Former GOP Guy? Almost everyone who comments here is Anonymous, except for a handful of us with adopted screen names. Is DOWFGOPG part of the problem or part of the solution? What? Put down the video games.

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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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