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Oct 6, 201601:03 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Mike Pence nice-shames Donald Trump

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For a small jolt of static electricity, open up the newspaper to page one and find that the first words in the story consist of your name. That happened to me in July.

Your Humble Squire was relieved to read that he had not been indicted, abducted, or incapacitated. As a mere alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, he was allowed onto the floor only at such times as his primary delegate permitted, which in my case was to cast an affirmative vote for Mike Pence as our party’s vice presidential nominee. Thus, I can claim credit for Pence without bearing blame for the head of the ticket.

After Gov. Pence’s acceptance speech, Wisconsin State Journal reporter Matt DuFour was in need of a good quote but made do with mine.

“I’m going to vote for Pence,” read the quote attributed to this bloggeur.

After Tuesday’s debate, many would say the same, if only the ticket were reversed to Pence/Trump. Yes, I have Pence envy.

“Mike Pence dominated with his humble, polite demeanor, command of facts, and Midwestern common sense,” Karl Rove writes in today’s Wall Street Journal. “Donald Trump needs to match that performance.”

Um, yeah, except that, as Republican National Committeeman Steve King said in August, after one of my never-Trump apostasies, “The people are going to get what they’re going to get. … It is what it is.”

Trump is what he is and will forever be. It is remarkable that Rove (aka: W’s Brain) and so many others keep hoping for Trump’s elusive pivot — a classic case of hope triumphing over experience.

Trump disciplined? So much in control that he won’t take the bait on a contestant in a beauty pageant 20 years past? Dream on. The irony is that Pence’s gentlemanly performance — in stark contrast to Tim Kaine’s desperate flailing — may have helped Trump this week but, longer term, draws a stark and damning contrast. Instead of fat-shaming a forgotten nonentity, Pence did some nice-shaming on his presidential nominee, however unintentionally.

Green Bay radio talker Jerry Bader at RightWisconsin:

About 20 minutes into Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, I tweeted the following: “The role of Donald Trump tonight will be played by Tim Kaine.” … Kaine looked as ridiculous as Trump did during split screen shots and interrupted constantly as Trump did. [72 times by one count.] That Kaine and Trump were mirror images of the same buffoon seemed lost on many in my audience.

A Tim Kaine mashup posted at the Free Republic website.

Kaine has launched a thousand social media memes; the best comparing him to Jack Nicholson as The Joker in the 1989 film, Batman.

One more reason Pence won the debate: he was likable. Yin to Trump’s yang. (The Hildabeast doing that little shimmy shake when she realized she had hooked and landed Trump was actually kind of endearing. A rare moment of spontaneity.)


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Oct 6, 2016 01:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The full-throated huzzahs over Pence from the right this week are a cagey way of boostering Trump. Sorry, friends, but Pence ain't your candidate. Trump picked him, not the delegates to the convention. The alternates didn't, either, for that matter.

The candidate is Trump. Are you with him, or agin' him?

Oct 6, 2016 01:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Only the right would cheer for impeachment. Why not government? Is that a concept so completely lost among conservatives in 2016? Instead of constantly trying to tear down our public institutions (it's what they mean when they say "reform" and then cut budgets to smithereens), why not try to build them up into something? Work with President Clinton to enact bipartisan legislation that boosts the country and sustains America as a great place?

Well, there's not an industry in that, as there is in constantly shouting and blogging about how awful the president is, is there?

Shrieking for impeachment is so much more fun for those who don't have the time or money to do anything else.

Oct 6, 2016 02:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hell, Dave. "Pence envy"? How long have been sitting on that zinger waiting to unleash it on us. Will you just admit that you're voting for Trump already? Doubling down on your claim that you're voting for Pence doesn't change the fact that Trump heads the Republican ticket. And Trump's the candidate the GOP deserves. Now be the good party hack we all know you are and vote for the racist, misogynist blowhard you helped create.

Oct 6, 2016 02:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A simple question that Pence could/would not answer.. Are you defending what the Donald has said (and done)?
Then the big one - Are you going to Vote for Trump?

Oct 6, 2016 04:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Votes for the following are votes for Trump:

Votes for the following are not votes for Trump:

You can't have it both ways. Pick one.

Oct 6, 2016 04:42 pm
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Trump and Kaine both are like every other loud mouth liberal: abrasive and annoying. If Trump keeps acting like the liberal he really is, he should be impeached. I keep hoping we'll have a Pence/Cruz ticket in 2020. And maybe Hillary will be in prison by then. And Kaine and Crazy Joe Biden relegated to the ash heap of history for being the grinning fools they are.

Oct 7, 2016 08:02 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

daven not b:

And blaska doesn't fall in the abrasive and annoying category ???

Oct 7, 2016 08:08 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

One observation regarding Dave's list (Reagan, Bush II and Walker) is a general lack of curiosity and distrust of intelligence on the part of all three. The reliance on gut instinct (per Bush), and conversations with god (Reagan and Walker) are just as off putting as the bluster and bullying of Trump and Blaska.

Oct 7, 2016 10:57 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The number one job of a vice presidential candidate in a debate is to be a surrogate for the top of the ticket. Pence failed. Oh, but he was so courteous! Kaine had his obvious orders: MAKE IT ABOUT TRUMP and ignore Pence's disaster as governor (Hoosiers can't wait to dump him). Make Pence defend Trump's outrages. Interrupt continually, even to the point of rudeness, so Pence gets ZERO clean, memorable lines ("whipping out that Mexican thing" is all that stuck-- not good). Kaine was not auditioning for anything, he was being a good soldier and taking one for the team. Pence was simply protecting himself for a future run. So who won the vice debate? Clinton. But those who prefer their wishful fantasies do see it differently. I can understand it though, when their current political reality is a nightmare.

Oct 7, 2016 01:19 pm
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Anonymous @ OCT 7, 2016 08:02 AM

Dave is neither abrasive or annoying. He is reasonable and logical and fun to read. That's why I come here! He is the only one in Madistan with a lick of common sense.

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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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