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Nov 9, 201603:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Consider America pinched (if not goosed)

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The news media also has some major soul searching in front of it. Secure in their First Amendment right — most campaigned vigorously against Trump. (Not that he didn’t give them ammo.)

The New York Times decided to throw whatever pretense of news objectivity it lay claim to and go full bore anti-Trump.

“The [news] media didn’t want to believe Trump could win. So they looked the other way,” the Washington Post’s media columnist apologizes.  

Journalists — college-educated, urban and, for the most part, liberal …interviewed some coal miners or unemployed autoworkers in the Rust Belt [but] we didn’t take them seriously.

Experts are deplorable

Few opinion leaders supported Trump. Newspapers that had endorsed Republicans since Lincoln bolted for the supposedly safer Hillary.

MSNBC was hilarious. Ann of Althouse heard this from MSNBC panelists reacting to the announcement that Donald Trump had taken yet another state: “Whoa.” “Ooh.” “Well, that’s a bitch!”

The intelligentsia of the Republican party aren’t exempt. Opinion leaders like George Will, Bill Kristol, the National Review, Charles Krauthammer, Mitt Romney, Charlie Sykes, Brian Fraley were Never Trump. The Republican Speaker of the House kept arm’s distance from his party’s nominee. The Bush family sat on their hands.

Same for the Squire of the Stately Manor. For a while, the Blaska Policy Werkes supported Mike Pence for veep but we never did back the head of the ticket. Trump may yet surprise us with a strong, constitutional presidency that limits government to those things it can do well, like defend our shores and keep the peace, and frees up the people do innovate and prosper.

Put Blaska down as a hopeful skeptic. The Donald was gracious in his post-election comments. Even Hillary, for once, was heartfelt rather than programmed. (It’s tough to lose but losing well commends her.) President Obama this morning promised a peaceful transition: “We’re all on the same team.”

Now is the time for reconciliation not recrimination, Paul Ryan said this morning. But demagogues like Hannity and Coulter are baying for a bloodletting. The dogs of internecine war must be put to heel.

Pardon Hillary — One can criticize FBI director James Comey for not prosecuting Hillary but he — or Loretta Lunch or her boss — decided to let the American people would be her jury. They delivered their verdict.

Now here’s a wild thought: Donald Trump can be both magnanimous and mischievous with one action: grant Hillary Clinton an executive pardon on Day One.

Sums it up — The Lovely Lisa, doyenne of the Stately Manor, cried as she left the polls at Toki Middle School on Tuesday. It was that kind of election. Here’s hoping for nothing but cheers going forward.

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Nov 9, 2016 04:06 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Indulge me by allowing me to repost my comment from earlier today on your previous column:
Well, that sure sucked. I was wrong about a lot of things. Not the first time, when it comes to election results.
I'll take comfort in the fact that Trump, while ignorant and arrogant, isn't stupid. He doesn't believe half the stuff he campaigned on. It's gonna be interesting.

Nov 9, 2016 05:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave's post from Aug 8th.

"Tuesday’s primary election begins Trump’s end times".

Nov 9, 2016 05:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The key to the next four years will be how Trump governs. Will he be the the racist, sexist, thin-skinned fascist that he campaigned as, or will someone knock some humility into his large orange head? He needs to act and lead as a president, not a reality show shill. Much bigger stakes now.

Will he keep any of his campaign promises? Will he toss Hillary in prison? Will he build a wall and make Mexico pay for it? Will he deport Muslims? Blow ISIS to &%$@ ? Repeal ACA and replace it with something better? Will he teach the military how to do things right? The list of promises is long, the reality of breaking those promises is great.

Dave, guys/gals like you created this situation, now you need to hold his feet to the fire. Make him follow up with promises, make us all proud to be Americans. Otherwise we will be the laughing stock of the world.

Nov 9, 2016 07:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Media commentators and political observers are slapping OUR foreheads.

You never like to include yourself in the groups you're eagerly part of.

Nov 9, 2016 07:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You say Trump was gracious in victory? That will last until the next time Alec Baldwin is mean to him on Saturday Night Live. One prepared gracious statement read intently off a teleprompter does not erase months, years and decades of angry, spiteful, offensive deeds.

Everyone around him is doing what we would expect of them. Hillary Clinton is a great patriot and public servant, as is Barack Obama. Trump is not. He'll have to do more than get through a speech without smirking to prove it.

Nov 10, 2016 09:07 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Let us strive to cope with 4-5% growth in GDP.
An apolitical DOJ/FBI
A competent and accountable bureaucracy
Limited government
A budget (Looking at you Paul Ryan)
The Constitution
Remember these?

Nov 10, 2016 09:13 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

First Thing First, Nelson says, "Ha! Ha!" Next thing, Clinton is a winner she may not have won the election but all the acts known, unknown, and cover-ups she did along the way in her life in a man's world was done to give her a chance run a serious campaign for a woman president. She now has done a ton of dirty work and shoulder a huge load for future Women leaders in the country so hopefully they will not have to do the things she had to do to get that chance. The next time a serious Woman contender runs she will win because they will not have to have 45 years of skeleton's in their closet.

Trump got is one day reprieve yesterday, now the attacks from everywhere start. Now the real fun begins.

I have a feeling a presidential Pardon would make sense so we can move forward and focus on now and the future of the USA in the world.

Nov 10, 2016 11:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Republicans better start owning Trump. I know I eagerly look forward to pinning them with every single awful, embarrassing feat. Every single one. I don't remember a lot of Republicans claiming Obama as "our president." So excuse me if I follow suit with Trump. He's not mine. I was against him from second one, he has never said or done anything that represents my values and I will cheer whenever his xenophobic, idiotic and unsustainable policies fail to take root.

A prediction: This majority Republican government will NOT "get things done," as so many are hoping. It will be hamstrung by those who can't abide the president's tone, behavior and brand. You can't run a country when you're trying to distance yourself from a selfish juvenile.

Nov 10, 2016 12:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

H. L. Mencken didn't live to see his prophecy come true:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

WI was ahead of the curve electing Walker. Now that theme has gone national.

Nov 10, 2016 01:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The only thing that could make me feel any better after watching the red tide sweep America and Wisconsin is if Scott Walker announces his plan to run for a third term!

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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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