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

with David Blaska

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Stay home on Tuesday

The old editorial page saw dictates Get Out and Vote. Why? That’s like saying, Eat More Whey. Which your Humble Squire remembers seeing on tanker trucks in 1960s Wisconsin. Exhortation without justification. (Kids today would answer, “No Whey!”)

If you are not motivated to vote on the day before Election Day, then please do yourself and the nation a favor — stay home. It’s safe there. You will avoid communicable disease carriers. And you will have made a statement, Zen-like in its simplicity: the sound of one hand not voting. I’m with none of the above.

And please just bury under a mound of smoldering third-world refuse that cliché about every election being the most important election in our lifetimes. Balderdash and poppycock! David Harsanyi in National Review gives voice to what your Humble Squire has been thinking all year (but had not the wit to express): “This is the least important election of our lifetimes.”

As for gridlock, bring it on! “That’s exactly what the Constitution was built to do in a divided nation,” Harsanyi writes.

The envelope, please

So, without the services of Ol’ Sparky, the Great Squironi predicts:

  • Republicans will lose three seats from their 63–36 majority in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
  • Republican Mike Gallagher will win Wisconsin’s only open congressional seat in Green Bay.
  • Ron Johnson wins re-election 50.5 to 49.5%.
  • Republicans hold the U.S. Senate by one seat (losing three).
  • Trump will do better than the Marquette poll, which has him trailing by 6 percentage points, but still lose Wisconsin.
  • Blaska will write in the name Evan McMullin for president.
  • Finally, who will be our next president? File not found. 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.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: The nation will survive Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, “neither of whom possesses the requisite talent, vision, or charisma needed to destroy this country in a mere four years,” Harsanyi writes.

Your prayers, please — His fellow National Guard officer, Dave Zweifel, relates that Tim Donovan, author of the Donovan Files, suffered a burst brain aneurysm Monday night, Oct. 31, and at last word was in intensive care at UW Hospital and could not have visitors. Due to HIPAA, I can’t get a condition report beyond that. Send cards and best wishes to Tim @ University Hospital, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792.

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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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