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Nov 14, 201603:58 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Trump mugged the smug, part #1

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“The only slur you can use at a dinner party and get away with is to call somebody a redneck.” — attributed to Charles Murray in the New Yorker.

Yes, the nation’s economic malaise may have helped Donald Trump. All those downsized blue-collar workers, the endangered coal miners of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and other forgottens confounded the pundits and pollsters. Take that, experts!

But the economy, stupid, is only half the story.

It doesn’t explain the legal counsel to a former governor, the retired judge, the successful dairy farmer, the prominent real estate developer — all of my acquaintance — who went Trump from the get-go.

Sweet meteor of death strikes after all. Headline translates, “The end of the world.” Or the meteor that seeds new life on earth?

No, something else was at work here and it united incomes high and low, advance degreed or barely diploma’d. The shock of president-elect Trump is a Mennen Skin Bracer slap in the face of all those sententious, finger-wagging, hectoring know-it-alls on the campuses, in the editorial rooms, and in the West Wing who mock them for clinging to their guns and their religion.

Call if the Revenge of the Deplorables, fed up with liberal lecturing and condescension. Called a racist once too often for blaming criminals, not the police, for young black men killing other young black men. Tired of being labeled intolerant for questioning men in women’s locker rooms, defying the food police who tell them what they may consume.

The knuckle draggers bang their clubs when Obama calls domestic Islamic terrorism “workplace violence.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, America told the liberal-progressive-socialist elite: Tell me one more time I didn’t make that. 

It’s the culture, Mrs. Clinton.

What’s the matter with Democrats?

“There is a smug style in American liberalism,” a guy named Emmett Rensin wrote in April 2016.

It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence … but by the failure of half the country to know what’s good for them. …

The whole “What’s the matter with Kansas” thing. Experts. Same guys who drew up Obamacare, the gift that keeps on tanking.


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Nov 14, 2016 09:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Experts. Same guys who drew up Obamacare, the gift that keeps on tanking".

Just keep in mind that the conservative Heritage Foundation developed what became the ACA, and it was first implemented by the republican governor of MA, Mitt Romney.

And yes, what is the matter with Kansas? They are in deep fiscal trouble, residents are fleeing to find work, and we here in WI are following their lead. Truth is stranger than fiction. But Dave's fiction is pretty strange, too

Nov 14, 2016 10:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These noble-salt-of-earths will STILL suffer economically, and quite horribly, in the coming years. Those jobs the con man promised aren't coming back. Their lives won't improve in any truly measurable sense. And the social safety nets (that only THEY deserve) will continue to shrivel. Middle-aged, white male suicides will continue to spike. Hey, but ooooooo, they got to metaphorically punch some hippies! Showed them! That's gotta be good for..... well, nothing that might help their actual lives. But Dave can keep telling 'em how wonderful it all really is, over and over and over.

Nov 15, 2016 08:22 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Voters wanting change above all got it in 2008 and in 2016.
Why is that hard to understand?

Nov 15, 2016 09:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I know you're a big First Amendment guy, so you'd be interested in this. It's what's happening post-Trump:

Nov 15, 2016 09:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Smugness, thy name is "Blaska's Bring It!"

Not sure there's a smugger blog in blogland. Oh wait! Althouse isn't smug?

Nov 15, 2016 09:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You can say what you want about who voted for Trump and why. But there is no doubt about this: they (and you) will wear every single embarrassment, every single slur and attack on minorities and women that come about as a result of his rise.

Let's start with this one: You helped elect a guy who apparently didn't realize that he would have to hire an entire White House staff. He thought the Obama team would stick around! Even after months of deriding them as incompetent!

That's on you, alternate delegate. You might not have voted for him, but you didn't vote against him and your dues helped elect him. Wear it.

Nov 15, 2016 09:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not a Trump supporter, but after the way the liberals have acted this last week, I think Trump would win by an even larger amount of the election were to be reheld today.

Nov 15, 2016 09:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 9:38

Just recall that trump advocated for revolution if he lost as the process must have been rigged. And that David Clarke wanted folks out with torches and pitchforks. Just so you remember all that......

Nov 15, 2016 09:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Shorter Blaska election analysis: "Nyah, can't tell me what to do!" Moral lecturing, name-calling, etc. is a one way street? Maybe one side sees it for what it is (eye roll, shrug) and the other is still prepping for middle-school graduation. And the dems have won the popular vote in six of the last seven elections. Might want to back off a bit on the vote broadbrushing. Eagerly await your Steve Bannon defenses.

Nov 15, 2016 10:00 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Mouse 9:33

Don't decry in Trump what you applauded under Obama.
Didn't take long for the media to say Trump is stupid. You know, like W. and Reagan.

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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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