Oct 16, 201308:36 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
The Further Misadventures of Our Miss Burke
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Let’s say you are a Democrat, a liberal, Progressive Dane, a unionista, a Solidarity Singer, a Raging Granny, a vuvuzela virtuoso. (You have my sympathies.) Imagine this scenario:
- Republican Party boss Reince Priebus announces that he has handpicked your candidate for governor. No need for a primary. The party poobahs have decided, now fall in line.
- The anointed candidate is virtually unknown statewide, has little to no record in public office, has taken no stand on the issues of the day, has no discernible message.
- She may or may not rescind Act 10 or parts of it. Who knows?
- The candidate’s family business is thoroughly non-union and much of its production is based in China. (The Koch Brothers have signed more collective bargaining agreements.)
- She is a one percenter who inherited her wealth and took a year off work to snowboard in Argentina and Colorado. Just the previous campaign cycle you had stoked the fires of class resentment against the wealthy. Now you’re recruiting them.
‘Party of The People’?
Dave Zweifel would invoke the angry ghost of Bill Evjue. John Nichols would misquote Tom Jefferson. Senate Democrats would reserve rooms at the Clock Tower Inn. Yet they have rallied to the defense of The Chosen One: Mary Burke.
Jack Craver, employee of The Corporation That speaks as if it were a person, says — quite implausibly — that anyone who points out the latter contradiction is a hypocrite. The Squire of the Stately Manor parries that Democrats set this table, now they get to taste their own cooking. Republicans are “playing dirty” for mentioning this, writes the editor emeritus of TCT speaks as if it were a person. Our Miss Brooks may be “loaded,” as they say in Fargo and in Sun Prairie, but she’s not as filthy rich as the Koch Bros., he avers. So our liberal acquaintances (for they ARE our acquaintances) are still playing the greed and envy game, only they’ve upped the ante. Plus, the lady’s greenbacks have been spritzed with lilac water.
Jim Rowen, once Paul Soglin’s consigliere and one of the most biased of the old Milwaukee Journal reporters (that is saying a lot), is drinking the Kool-Aid. Rowen says: Give Mary Burke a Chance, and a Listen. But will the lady say anything?
So virulent is Walker Derangement Syndrome among our liberal acquaintances (for they ARE ...) that one suspects Democrats would support Ted Cruz if he ran against Scott Walker. But there are outliers. Breaking ranks, Fighting Ed Garvey, once the party’s nominee himself, blogs thusly:
The heavy breathers in the Democratic Party are marching lock-step behind the latest Doyle candidate, Mary Burke, whose campaign has stumbled out of the gate despite (or because of) help from the machine Democrats. ... The only way Walker can lose is if a strong, bright and passionate candidate with grassroots support challenges him. Mary Burke does not appear to be that person.
Zach Wisniewski at Blogging Blue writes, “Why I have reservations about Mary Burke”:
While some may have reservations about Burke because they feel she’s been forced upon Democratic voters by the Democratic Party establishment, my concerns hit much closer to home. ... As a union member, I’m concerned that if elected governor Mary Burke won’t be much better for labor unions (and public employees more specifically) than Gov. Scott Walker.
BlueCheddar blogs: “Burke is not exactly attractive to those of us who occupied the streets and Wisconsin’s Capitol building in 2011”:
First off, the way Dems have tried to both choose Burke and keep their choice under wraps is an insult to our intelligence. Then there’s the matter of Burke’s politics. They’re in some kind of virtual swaddling clothes, they’re THAT tightly under wraps.