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Nov 15, 201612:28 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Les Deplorables mugged the tenured smug, part deux

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Trump’s victory is the “Triumph of the angry white guy,” The Capital Times scolds. Does anyone care why they’re angry? No, because they’re all racists, Paul Fanlund says.

[We are told that] we need to better understand these low-education white Trump voters and start to better position Democratic candidates to speak to their issues and concerns. Speak to what? Speak to their racism, their sexism, or their selfishness?

Really, Paul! Wisconsin voters who went big for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 — now they’re racists?

There are signs the intelligentsia is beginning to understand how they fouled their own nests.

The book “What’s the Matter with Kansas” was all about real people supposedly voting against their own interests. (If the people of Kansas were smart, not overall-wearing hayseeds, they’d vote Democrat.) Now its author is having a post-election epiphany.

“Maybe it’s time to consider whether there’s something about shrill self-righteousness, shouted from a position of high social status, that turns people away,” wrote Thomas Frank in The Guardian.

In the Progressive magazine, Ruth Conniff admits, “Cultural disdain for ‘white trash’ voters helped feed those voters’ sense of alienation.”

Frank Bruni (of all people!) apologized in Sunday’s New York Times (of all places!).

“I plan to use greater care in how I talk to and about Americans more culturally conservative than I am.” (“Democrats screwed up.”)

That was a lesson Paul Soglin says he learned 40 years ago as a first-time mayor. “Never attack the voters. No matter what you think of your opponents, do not call their base of supporters indecent, shameless, or deplorable.”

Some did not need to see the risen Christ to believe. Nine days before the election, a New Yorker magazine piece described how Democrats lost the working class as accomplished fact, not prediction. The party of FDR had traduced the very term “working class.”

“Once it suggested productivity and sturdiness. Now it means downwardly mobile, poor — even pathological.”

Hillary’s real peeps have tenure and grants

This brief promoting Hillary’s candidacy in The Nation magazine a week before the election is case in point of how remote from real life is the Democrats’ cause these days.

The premise is that Clinton is a uniquely flawed and corrupt politician … a wheeling, dealing, corrupt individual who plays fast and loose with the rules. … Is this really different from the way most professional women, including left academic women, proceed? …  Do we fault our colleagues, our friends, for seeking prestigious research grants that give them course release, and for asking their famous friends to write letters of recommendation or to organize book panels promoting their work? … to earn tenure and promotion …?

There go their season tickets at Camp Randall! YouTube screen grab courtesy

Get it? Hillary’s real peeps sip chardonnay at faculty parties, not beer at the bowling alley. So she cut a few corners, got caught in Jim Comey’s searchlight. She only wanted to organize book panels, earn tenure, and land a four-year research grant to avoid having to teach — you know — actual students!

It’s the same claim of elitist privilege that defeated the unionista intifada of 2011 against Act 10 here in Wisconsin. What? Contribute to my own pension, the likes of most of Wisconsin will never see? The outrage!

Always “Never Hillary,” Your Squire and many others did think we could do better than Donald Trump. Today, we are cautiously optimistic. We are encouraged that the nation’s high court will now protect individual rights instead of state power. We are gratified that the redistributionists got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. We are hopeful that political discussion will be freed up from the censorious.

Donald Trump just may be the electro-shock (or electoral shock) this country needs.


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Nov 15, 2016 12:58 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Day one of the Trump presidency, repeal all executive orders including JFK who allowed federal employees unions. Make them optional, make them collect their own dues.
Call it Workers Choice.
Remember PATCO?

Nov 15, 2016 02:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"No matter what you think of your opponents, do not call their base of supporters indecent, shameless, or deplorable."

Isn't that pretty much Blaska's avocation? Wake up, eat breakfast, ridicule libs?

Nov 15, 2016 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well put David. As a well educated "deplorable" that has been referred to as a racist, misogonist and so on, I do feel a bit of vindication. Funny how the tables turn when there real losers, well act like "losers".

Nov 15, 2016 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did you contribute to your own pension, Dave?

Nov 15, 2016 02:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your missives about political correctness are always so off target. You think it's about campuses disinviting conservative speakers, but you never get around to addressing how it must feel to be enrolled at a university where you are overwhelmingly outnumbered, have someone yell the N-word at you in your dorm, seek a space on campus where that isn't tolerated and then be told you're a precious snowflake or buttercup.

Conservatives in that category (ie. you) are missing an important human quality: empathy. You offer no solutions here, only enmity. Dismissive names.

Nov 15, 2016 02:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This just in: Old white guy "cautiously optimistic" about Trump presidency.


Nov 15, 2016 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Shorter Dave part II: "Dems need to be more racist, sexist etc. to win elections." Nope. Trump brought those folks out in droves, in a few states, precisely because he loudly spoke for them. They sat out the last two elections, as McCain and Romney at worst only whispered. And you are crowing for these same. "Today, we are cautiously optimistic." Hah! One week in and even the basic transition is a cluster of ineptitude. Imagine Donnie in charge of 4000 hires in a month, with zero institutional knowledge or pre-planning of what's required (frantic calls to Liberty U?Only the best people!). Gosh, I was really hoping for Carson, seemed SO ready to serve his country. No money in it for grifters, I guess. I do think we should have a new morals committee though, staff of twelve: Don, Newt, Rudy and their nine wives. "Could do better than DT" will not absolve you of Bannon and company and this coming train wreck.

Nov 15, 2016 03:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The hypocrisy of privileged liberal academics is a phenomenon I had occasion to observe on an almost daily basis during my time as a faculty member (untenured) at several UW campuses. One of them drew nearly all of its students from rural areas. I soon lost count of the condescending remarks directed at them by faculty who gleefully mocked their social, political, and cultural values as well as their "parochial" backgrounds (most often behind their backs, sometimes to their faces). A favorite epithet of contemptuous dismissal was "Walker voter." The lack of anything resembling a diversity of viewpoints on campus was taken as proof of cultural sophistication; after all, how could so many educated people be wrong--about anything?

An article in the "Washington Post" (11/15) tells of the flack that the President of the University of Virginia got from professors and students for including a quotation by Thomas Jefferson, the founder of that institution, in an e-mail she sent to the campus trying to calm all the distraught souls traumatized by a Trump victory. After all, Jefferson was a slaveholder--which in the academic community negates utterly his role in founding the nation, freeing us from colonial rule, establishing a great university, serving two terms as president, etc., etc. This is the upside-down, hall-of-mirrors "culture" we've allowed to flourish on the vast majority of college campuses, most of them taxpayer funded. Here's hoping that the next four years shine a brighter spotlight on efforts by tenured narcissists to indoctrinate young men and women with a view of our country that is more spiteful, bigoted, and narrow-minded than the grossest caricature of Trump's voters.

Nov 15, 2016 03:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A guy who has been called racist and misogynist feels vindicated by Trump's election? Why do you suppose you were called those things? And why are you vindicated, because now you think you can return to your oafish ways?

Treat people with respect, not like Trump treats them.

All this complaining about being called a racist... it's almost like you guys think your victims or something.

Nov 15, 2016 08:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Being a slaveholder doesn't negate anything. But it's interesting that those who are revered for their commitment to freedom didn't feel it applied to everyone, right? Shouldn't we acknowledge all aspects of our founders' lives?

After all, the reverence held for the founders by conservatives is incredible. They literally don't think the Constitution should be amended or interpreted at all, only followed strictly. Certainly those arguments aren't as strong when we allow the truth about these flawed men into the picture.

Political correctness cuts both ways.

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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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