Oct 10, 201309:49 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Mary Burke comes to us professionally produced and shrink-wrapped
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Did anything strike you as odd about Mary Burke’s announcement of her candidacy for governor Monday morning?
Yeah, she released a three-minute video. (It’s at her website.) No press conference with Democratic nabobs and a multihued, intergenerational backdrop of gleeful supporters. No fly-around to news media markets in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Eau Claire. No sit-downs with editorial boards. No interviews with Katie Couric.
Our Miss Burke is simply not ready for prime time, but she had to get out in front before Kathleen Vinehout and other potential candidates. And there will be others, however marginal.
State Sen. Leah Vukmir nails it for RightWisconsin (pay wall). “The only reason to announce your candidacy via a prepared web video is to avoid the embarrassment of a low turn out at a public event. Mary Burke has yet to connect with the Democratic base and this will doom her candidacy just as it doomed Tom Barrett.” Pretty much my take at “Is Mary Burke liberal enough?”
The last moderate Democrat is leaving the building
I wrote about Senate party leader Chris Larson’s purge of Democrat(ic) moderates in that piece. Sure enough, Bob Jauch became the second Democratic state senator in a month to announce his retirement, after Tim Cullen of Janesville. Both were moderates. Both made it clear that the partisan fever — if such it is — affects their side of the aisle as well. I do get tired of the mainstream news media narrative that Republicans are extreme and Democrats not.
Jauch has the gravitas of a senator. I do believe his assertion that he is bone tired after 30 years in the Legislature. The travel alone has got to be a killer. It’s 272 miles, one way, from his home base in Poplar, just south of Superior, to the Capitol. It’s no fun being in the minority party. And these last three years have worn heavy with history.
But Jauch survived his 2010 election with only 51% of the vote. He voted against iron mining in Iron County. People up there, other than the tribes, want the mine. Here’s his announcement.
It’s not Chief Thunderthud
The foofarow over Indian mascots is a cause looking for an issue. The state Legislature is reforming the Doyle dictum that a single local sensitivity scold can bring up an entire school district on charges. Good for the Mukwonago (an Indian word) School District to resist changing the name of its Indians. Perhaps it should be the Mukwonago First Peoples. What is the name of that Waukesha community’s weekly newspaper? You got it: The Chief.
Will someone in Stoughton object to “Vikings”? The most humorous name is Milwaukee Pius XI high school girls’ sports teams: the Lady Popes.
Think of it this way: do parents name their kids’ school sports teams after that which they despise? The Major League Baseball team is the Braves, not the Yellow-Bellied Cowards. The Capital Times narrates the legislative argument.
Chris Taylor is ‘savvy’ and should be attorney general
So says Comrade John Nichols of the Madison Democrat who managed to become the only state legislator to get on the Capitol Police watch list for her unprofessional behavior.
The Capital Times associate editor gushes that “Chris Taylor is right to consider a run for attorney general” because she is “the Legislature’s most ardent defender of the First Amendment rights to speak, to assemble and to petition for the redress of grievances.”
Right to speak and assemble? Sure, as long as those speakers are reliably pro-abortion choice (but anti-school choice).