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Oct 24, 201605:00 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Hillary or Trump? Corrupt or crazy? Ifs, buts, candy, or nuts?

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The Squire of the Stately Manor is in a most royal funk precipitated by the most dismal election since Nixon v. McGovern, and the betrayal of his erstwhile allies in another venture that may be chronicled at a later date. (You know who you are.)

Our Jimmy Carter-like malaise was alleviated — but not entirely dissipated — by the miracle Cubs, Packers, Badgers, and a 16-bike Harley ride to Fort Atkinson on Sunday in 65-degree sunshine led, most improbably, by a Mazda automobile. (Our H.O.G. captain’s bike quit on him. Told Captain John his four wheels were bad and his pipes were loud, just the same. Born to be mild!)

The experts are saying it’s all over for Donald Trump. Hillary is planning her transition (she’s already got the White House furniture). The Donald is laying groundwork for Trump TV and guerrilla warfare in the hills and hollers of Coal Country.

Here is what is so crazy-making: Donald Trump may well be right as rain on the issues: foreign trade (one-sided), entitlements (don’t touch), Obamacare (replace), NATO (pay up), climate change (hoax), respect for police and civil order (most certainly), and (less certainly) immigration. So vote for Crazy and not the Crook?

“Imagine a sane Donald Trump,” invites Peggy Noonan, a blue-collar intellectual on the same ideological wave length but who once worked for the most decent and inspiring of leaders, Ronald Reagan. A man who could tell a joke, laugh at himself, disarm his adversaries; an insurgent who could concede with grace to a very establishment Republican, Gerald R. Ford. A man who wouldn’t invite booing at the Alfred E. Smith Catholic Charities dinner, the traditional feel-good, seventh-inning stretch of our presidential campaigns!

You can imagine if you try

“What if there had been a sane Donald Trump?” Noonan asks, “Oh my God, sane Trump would have won in a landslide. Sane Trump … would look normal and happy, not grim and glowering.

Sane Donald Trump would have looked at a dubious, anxious, and therefore standoffish Republican establishment and NOT insulted them … Does he know he’s playing with fire? No. Because he’s a nut.

Sometimes Your Humble Squire feels like a nut. Sometimes he don’t.

That is what infuriates conservatives here at the Policy Werkes the most about Trump and his Trumpkins. They keep calling (for just one example) Paul Ryan a traitor, a “dirt bag,” and, of course, a RINO. They keep offending whole swaths of the American public indiscriminately. Not welfare cheats or grievance hucksters or police scapegoaters but women as a species, Hispanics in droves, and — for gawd’s sakes! — prisoner of war heroes! Then they blame the polls for being crooked and the looming election looming as being rigged.

Blaska’s Fifth Law of Political Campaigns: Bad losers are bad candidates.

Breitbart News, whose former boss now runs Trump’s latest unreality show, continues its war on Republicans with this kind of story: “He’s with her: Inside Paul Ryan’s months-long campaign to elect Hillary Clinton president.”

How are those of us who admire Paul Ryan supposed to react? The 84% who voted for Ryan and against the Trump clone in the First District primary?

“The piece is brutal even by the standards of Breitbart’s proudly scorched-earth approach to journalism, asserting that Ryan ‘leads the pro-Islamic migration wing of the Republican party,’” The Hill reports.

“I really need people to be less stupid,” Charlie Sykes despairs.

The attacks on Ryan are particularly ironic in Wisconsin … where Team Trump has no ground game. At all. Instead, Trump is totally reliant on the GOTV efforts of the state GOP… which is relying on infusions of cash from Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan is why Donald Trump is losing? Trump, a man so undisciplined that he dives for every fetid piece of chum Hillary throws his way? That’s not stupid. It’s just plain crazy!


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Oct 25, 2016 08:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Your Bizzaro World "sane trump" is entirely a work of fiction. The policies trump espouses are few and poorly rationalized, even for trump. He is running strictly on ego and knee jerk reaction. I doubt he could hold a thought for more than a few seconds. But that is the audience he is playing to.

"Donald Trump may well be right as rain on the issues:". But none of the other 16 or 24 or 28 R candidates made much for reasonable policy statements regarding those issues either, and in their own ways were just as crazy. Walker was a trump-lite, Graham a hypocrite, Cruz even crazier than the great orange pumpkin. On climate change alone they should all have been disqualified. Only one to go.

Oct 25, 2016 08:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"And don’t forget, the lady proposed top-down government health insurance before Barack Obama was voting present in the Illinois legislature."

And don't forget either, that the first iterations of the ACA came out of a conservative think tank (the Heritage Foundation), and was first passed and implemented by a Republican governor (Mitt Romney).

Oct 25, 2016 11:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sane Trump: You would have never heard of him and people would have never voted for him. He exists. His name is Herman Caine.

Oct 25, 2016 11:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

And if Hillary were a man you'd be calling him Colin Powell.

Oct 25, 2016 02:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Imagine a sane Trump? Poor Peggy (who just FELT Romney would win and spent a whole column on that sharp instinct), along with at least one other here, seem to have all but erased the deep bench primary. Might I submit the depressed state could be a result of realizing what the party base actually wanted, still wants and will want for the foreseeable future. Again, post-election holds the real fun-to-watch drama unfold, especially for Paulie.

Oct 26, 2016 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Trump's the crook. A sexual predator, and a thief of all those contractors who built and furnished his buildings.

Oct 31, 2016 09:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

so much wrong so little time.. "respect for police and civil order (most certainly)" Trump respects civil order? Wow dave...just Wow.

And Blaska...forgot you were a climate change denier. So really, you're just an utter imbecile without the ability to form cogent evidence based thoughts about anything.

Anon 11:18 thinks herman caine is sane....holy crap dude.

Finally...the title hook: So little Pauly Munster isn't a traitor and dirt bag? I guess you meant a traitor to the party of Rand. In any case, I think you need to think a bit more comprehensively. as an aside, I think it's amazing that any "fan" of Ayn Rand's "philosophy" would think it was possible to be a traitor to anyone.

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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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