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Nov 7, 201612:49 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Error message: Tuesday is election day

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The white lab coats here at the Blaska Policy Werkes fired up Ol’ Sparky, our Eisenhower-era mainframe computer, outfitted with new piston rings.

What would Tuesday, Nov. 8, hold for America? And why did we have to know beforehand? Why can’t we just wait for the results, flip the channel, and watch a Cops reality show? (“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?”) Also, what’s wrong with the Packers? (“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?”)

So, we had those four questions.

Ol’ Sparky thought about it for a while, made grinding noises, and then spit out a fist full of punch cards with a plume of confetti. Lights at the Stately Manor flickered like the final scene in a James Cagney prison movie. Herds of buffalo stampeded. Magma began bubbling up under Yellowstone. And the wind did howl.

“File not found,” old Sparky’s green screen reported.

The file concerned may have been damaged, moved, deleted, or a bug may have caused the error. Alternatively, the file simply might not exist, or the user has mistyped its name.

While the lab coats were expressing colorful vexations, Ol’ Sparky clattered out one more bit of wisdom, in the form of a dot matrix printout on fanfold paper: “Or maybe you just can’t handle the truth.”

No, you can’t hurry love. You’ll just have to wait. It’s a game of give and take. I figure we’ll know soon enough, like about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, 2017, that is. Wingtips on the tarmac.

In the meantime, the indentured servants are prepping for a long cold winter. At least four years long if the Constitution is any guide, which it may no longer be.

The servants are stockpiling silver bullion, ammo, and toilet paper in the Cheney memorial underground bunker. Assembling drinking water filtration kits, recharging batteries, and making their own beef jerky out of various backyard critters. We will survive, but cancel my Weekly Standard. We don’t want trouble.

We’re all crooks

America needs a laugh. Even if it is a heartless, merciless, Seinfeld season ending laugh at someone else’s expense. The Nation magazine never disappoints.

Is Hillary a crook? “Yes, she has become successful by playing the game. But does that make her different from any of us?” asks Jeffrey C. Isaac in The Nation magazine.

This supposedly corrupt woman whose corruption, it would seem, exceeds all bounds of normal politics and warrants special investigations. … Is this really different from the way most professional women, including left academic women, proceed? … Is Clinton that different than most of us who, honestly, belong to the “professional managerial class” as much as she does, and who work through its institutions in the same way she does?

That is some serious defining down of Democrat(ic) deviance! No wonder the Madison Common Council investigates the police! Isaac establishes his street cred (or better, his cred on the quad) by boasting that he just edited a new edition of The Communist Manifesto “to which I contributed a rather sympathetic essay.”

Hillary may be a crook but, dammit, she’s our crook!

And this bipartisan chuckle from the National Review: “Okay, everyone, switch your positions on FBI director James Comey again.”


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Nov 7, 2016 02:57 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, you need to broaden your horizons beyond the National Review if the best their writer can do is the false equivalency of Hillary and The Orange One being of equal, uninspiring talents. I'll give Trump the nod for charisma, but every successful fascist has that. No Dave, the stock market is rebounding today because Hillary is poised to win no matter how much you don't want to admit it. Our allies, and the rest of the world will breath a little easier.
Here's my prediction: Trump does WORSE than the polls are predicting, The hidden Trump vote he's counting on does exist; but it's AGAINST him. GOP-voting women have a hard time admitting out loud they'll vote for The Hill, but The Drumpf reminds them of every overbearing jerk of a male they've ever had to put up with. Sounds like it's even affecting early voting in the WOW counties. On Facebook there is a by-invitation-only (keeps the trolls out) group of female supporters called Pants Suit Nation. Since just this past weekend it's grown from 1 million to 2 million. "I grew up in a GOP household and have always voted Republican, but I just can't this time" stories are common. 2 million. Anecdotal evidence, but that's a lot of anecdotes.
The alt-right support the Trumpsters have coddled doesn't help either in our less and less white world.
Hispanics and women. You guys sure picked the wrong targets.

Nov 7, 2016 03:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I hate it when people demand that I vote. But opting out is not a protest. Sitting on your couch is not activism. I'm not sure if it's even pacifism.

If you want to stop your car, you need to put on the brakes. You don't stop your car by getting out and letting it roll off down the road.

If you want to defeat Donald Trump, you need to vote for Hillary Clinton. That's how adults register their protest; by voting for the other guy. A middle school approach would be to vote third-party of write someone in. That's attempting to both have and eat the cake. Nope, adults sometimes have to bite their lip (until it bleeds, if necessary).

Nov 7, 2016 09:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

By this time (9:07 PM) tomorrow Dave will have come to the conclusion that his vote for Pence was wasted, and that he whiffed on the opportunity to be able to claim he voted for a winner in the most important election in decades.

Nov 8, 2016 07:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, remember the show All in the Family. Last night I found online one of my favorite episodes. Season 2, #6, the election story. Its worth watching for the laughs we will need tonight, tomorrow and until the next election. Particular Archie's view of a balanced ticket.

Nov 8, 2016 07:59 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

As you Clintonistas allow the the corruption and greed epitomized by Hillary, remember this.... Bill considers HER his moral compass.

Nov 8, 2016 09:26 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


No corruption or greed in the trump camp, eh? So many hypocrites, so little time.

But why would you care, as long as the candidate has an R after his name and is an old angry thin-skinned white guy you will vote for them.

Nov 8, 2016 11:50 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat


Nov 8, 2016 11:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dear Anon. 09:26,

" ... as long as the candidate has an R after his name." As opposed to Democrats, who are never happier than when they're ticking one (or more) of the following boxes after a candidate's name: African-American, woman, Hispanic, gay/lesbian, native American, Asian-American, disabled American, etc., etc. If Hillary is elected, that will set the precedent for all elections to follow. Identity politics is becoming the engine that runs the system. Before long, no straight white guy, even if he's a cross between FDR and JFK, will have a chance at the top spot on a Democrat ticket.

Nov 8, 2016 04:51 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

You stay classy, Splat. Why on earth would women be turning away from you and your party? (Ask your wife if you need help answering that.)

Nov 9, 2016 06:17 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

As I type this, the sun is rising.
It's morning in America.
Keep calm and carry on.

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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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