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Oct 10, 201602:19 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

‘Just words’ — four Doomsday scenarios

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Where to start?

First off, Donald Trump was surprisingly good at Sunday night’s debate. He teed off on Hillary’s whopper about her two faces of Eve routine with her Wall Street paymasters. Hillary claimed, laughably, that her public positions on issues versus her real, private positions are somehow patterned after Abe Lincoln.

“Honest Abe never lied. That’s the biggest difference between Abraham Lincoln and you,” Trump retorted.

In any other election, the WikiLeaks reveal of the Beast’s Wall Street speeches, proving conclusively that Hillary will say anything, would have doomed her. The woman is a chronic liar. But Donald has more baggage than a Pullman porter.

Trump would have been better off if he had directly confronted the question posed to him at the very beginning, with a fresh new apology. Say it was just two guys on a bus trying to one-up each other with ever-taller tales of conquest.

The Republican National Committee confronts a Doomsday scenario.

Except, of course, that one does not have to reach back 11 years. We knew all of this when he went after Megyn Kelly in August 2015. His treatment of women was the very first question posed to Trump at the very first debate. Instead of leaving it there, Trump piled on with “blood coming out of her eyes, her whatever.” Or Carly Fiorina, “that face.” Is anyone surprised?

The rest, the mocking disabled people, ridiculing prisoners of war, a ban on Muslims, the “Mexican judge,” the Gold Star parents — well, they’re just words, right? Then why debate? Why advertise? Why tweet? The Constitution? Just words. And, as we know, Donald Trump has the best words and some of them begin with the letter P (only one of which is “presidential.”)

Over the weekend, Paul Ryan disinvited Trump from the annual GOP jamboree in Elkhorn. He announced this morning he won’t campaign with Trump or defend him. It may not be a divorce but it certainly is a separation. He joins people like New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (both facing tough re-election campaigns) who have withdrawn their endorsements. The governor of Nebraska just canceled a Trump fundraiser. That state’s Ben Sasse, a U.S. Senator, was an original Never Trump.

Will there be enough lifeboats? There are four scenarios to avoid disaster:

1) Invoke Rule 8 of the Republican National Committee. Chairman Reince Priebus could call a special meeting in five days and invoke Rule 9, which permits the 168 members:

To fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention … for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.

Or 16 committee members from 16 states could call the meeting. This is being pushed by the Free the Delegates coalition, which attempted to free up delegates to vote their conscience at the convention. The problem is the language talks about filling a vacancy. Trump has said he won’t step down. You can believe that. Coalition attorney Beau Correll last night told Never Trumpers that Robert’s Rules of Order allows the RNC to resolve the “ambiguity.” Sorry, but the word “vacancy” is unambiguous.

But Priebus is calling a conference call of the RNC for this Monday evening. Stay tuned.

Another complication: early voting has started.


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Oct 10, 2016 02:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, I understand being Trump-weary, but it's like you're not even trying anymore. All of your scenarios for the GOP taking the White House but not being stuck with Trump are just laughable. This is the guy your mindless base gleefully nominated. It doesn't matter if the establishment doesn't want him, the corn-fed imbeciles you and other Republicans happily courted to win past elections are having their day in the sun and you're just going to have to accept it. If you vote for Trump (or Pence, I'm sorry, you're actually voting for Pence), Trump's what you're going to get. No pie-in-the-sky daydream is going to change that. For someone who's tried, however lukewarmly, to disavow Trump, you're also pretty myopic in your newfound love of Pence. The guy has one chance to save whatever mediocre political career he has left, and that's to step down as Trump's running mate and get as far away from that cluster as he can get. And he still hasn't done it. You think he's a better option than Trump?

And give it up already about Hillary and her lies. All of her lies put together don't touch the lies spewed by all of the GOP candidates for president in this election cycle. Fact check after fact check proves she's more honest than every Republican candidate who ran this time out. What you're really upset about is that there's clearly not anyone more honest that the GOP can run against her.

Oct 10, 2016 03:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This blog is too much sometimes. Trump said he was going to throw his opponent in jail last night. Didn't you hear it, or had you switched over to the Packers by then?

He said that and you come back the next day with some fantasies about what might happen should he win. No condemnation of the totalitarian dictatorial sentiment that one's political opponent ought to be jailed, as if this is some kind of banana republic. How patriotic!

The only question for you: Will you or won't you vote for Donald Trump? The answer determines how seriously we can take your schtick going forward.

Oct 10, 2016 03:56 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

If John Kasich or Jeb Bush or Mother Theresa were the Republican nominee, they would be as demonized as the Left Wing, hate filled, politics of personal destruction, Clinton campaign has made Trump.
Exhibit A is the felonious, tax cheating, warring on women, dog abusing bigot named Mitt Romney.
Sound familiar?

Oct 10, 2016 05:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

blaska you are a total buffoon.

Oct 10, 2016 07:06 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The Republican presidential electors chosen last week from Wisconsin are:
Kim Travis, Williams Bay; Kim Babler, Madison; Brian Westrate, Fall Creek; Brad Courtney, Whitefish Bay; Kathy Kiernan, Richfield; Dan Feyen, Fond du Lac; Jim Miller, Hayward; Biull Berglund, Sturgeon Bay; Steve King, Janesville; Mary Buestrin, River Hills.

The Democratic(ic) presidential electors are (again in order of congressional district, but no hometowns provided):
Randy Bryce, Gretchen Lowe, Ryan Greendear, Martha Love, Khary Penebaker, John W. Miller, Michael Childers, Mary Ginnebaugh, (at large) Martha Laning and Julilly Kohler.

Oct 10, 2016 08:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


We all know that you are under a tremendous amount of stress due to your favorite candidates du jour being trampled by trump, but you have to focus, man.

"1) Invoke Rule 8 of the Republican National Committee. Chairman Reince Priebus could call a special meeting in five days and invoke Rule 9, which permits the 168 members".

Which rule is it, 8 or 9 ??

I have Oct 29th in the Blaska goes for trump pool at work.

Oct 11, 2016 08:12 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

The democrats don't like Trump? They are the ones that crossed over and voted for him. He is their perfect candidate. He is rude and crude. But he is 10x more electable than the Hildebeast. She has spent her entire life lying for a living. She hates men, women and children. She does belong in jail, but FBI director Comedy must fear for his life and won't prosecute. We need a new FBI director that and a new administration that is interested in the rule of law. The RNC is going to let Trump continue, and hopefully he'll win, but I hope he steps down shortly thereafter. There is too much democrat in him.

Oct 11, 2016 08:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

So Expat, what you're saying is Trump is a total stand-up guy and the only reason he looks bad is because Hillary and the Dems are just out there slandering him? On second thought no, you're not saying that, because only an abject fool would believe such nonsense.

It must really be an interesting world you live in where Trump and the GOP are such universally classy folks who would never tell a lie or defame their opponents, but the Democrats are as a whole just a bunch of lying, cheating scoundrels.

It's moronic black-white thinking like that that's gotten you to this point, with a nominee who's tearing your party apart in real time. And you and Blaska still fail to see what's right in front of your faces. The GOP actively courted the simpletons who now make up your party's base all in an effort to win a few elections. Now these racist, misogynistic bigots are running the show and real, common sense conservatives have no hope of getting into office anytime soon. You guys still claim to be the party of Lincoln, right? Nevermind that the people who now comprise your base are the same ones who would have gleefully joined the Confederacy and fought against Lincoln. Congrats on that pathetic distinction. You reap what you sow.

Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Mouse 8:35

Every man that fought Lincoln was a Democrat. If he was a Northern Democrat he was a Copperhead. You could look these two historical facts up.
When you decide your political opponents are simpletons, racist, blah blah blah, you must feel superior to us deplorables.
I think that you project your own demons on us. Because you have to.

And again, to the degree that HILLARY! is an incompetent, corrupt, criminal, hate filled liar......
Trump! Boogah, boogah, boogah.

Oct 11, 2016 10:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oh, for the love of … Expat, do you even have a modicum of working knowledge about U.S. history? Yes. Lincoln was a Republican. Southern Democrats made up the Confederacy. And after the Civil War was fought and won, the makeup of the two parties gradually shifted — the names stayed the same, but the players switched sides. What Lincoln and his compatriots stood for is every bit what the modern Democrat advocates, and the vile ignorance of the Confederacy is your current Republican Party, wholecloth. You can deny it, but many smarter men and women than you know otherwise.

I don't actually think all conservatives are simpletons. There are some true conservatives out there, who haven't been blinded by Evangelical furor and the pervasive racist misogyny that percolates throughout the GOP masses. But they're few and far between these days, which is a real shame because their voices are much needed.

Regardless, why shouldn't I point out a fool for being a fool? You've basically championed how awful the educated class is for being out of touch with the everyman. Shame on us, I guess, for trying to gain a better understanding of the world we live in so we can make it a better place. You're all about state's and individual rights but what you really want is a bunch of reliably passive morons who will continue pulling the lever for Rs and never question how grossly they're voting against their own best interests. And if you think I'm not giving people enough credit to intelligently make those decisions on their own without interference, well that's something you and the GOP know all about, now isn't it? Or has your party's position on allowing women to control their own bodies or allowing people to marry the person they love regardless of gender suddenly changed?

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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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