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Sep 17, 201501:43 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Plop plop, fizz fizz: Oh, what a debate it is!

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Like the Alka Seltzer commercials used to say (does anyone still take that stuff? It’s hangover medicine, right?): I can’t believe I watched the whole thing. But all three hours of Wednesday night’s CNN presidential debate were immensely entertaining. And edifying.

Thank you, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission!

The camera couldn’t take its close-up lens off The Donald, mugging, turning red, rolling his eyes, high-fiving the “energized” Jeb Bush, commenting “Good one” to an opponent’s zinger. Hey, he’s having fun! Nothing wrong with that.

Jeb would make a fine president but, contrasted with everyone else, he seemed to get lost in the weeds. But whomever is nominated — it won’t be Trump — owes a debt to the self-promoter (his self-named Secret Service code name: “Humble”) for attracting the spotlight our way.

Who won? My scorecard says Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio. Flip that order and I think we’ve got a great Republican ticket: Hispanic son of immigrants, dad a barkeep, mom a maid. Fluent in Spanish and foreign policy. Unflinching, JFK-like assessment of how America survives and prospers in a dangerous world. A “bear any burden” kind of guy. Takes some of the rough edges off the immigration issue.

Carly, a businesswoman, can pack more meat into one minute of stand-up than a dozen teleprompted Obama speeches. I, too, cheered Carly’s retort to The Donald’s churlish comment on her appearance.

“Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” Fiorina made it not just about her but about American women — not a special interest group but the voting majority.

Her summation at the end, of Lady Justice holding the sword because she is a warrior for justice and blindfolded because she plays no favorites as to origins, put some Ronald Reagan poetry into politics. (What an inspired setting for the debate!)

Your Humble Squire dislikes identity politics as much as any conservative. But gender is Hillary’s calling card: her implicit claim that, now that we’ve had the first black president, it’s time for the first female. That, and her foreign policy experience.

Carly and Marco disrupt that meme on both counts. (Carly on Hillary: “Traveling is an activity, not an accomplishment.”) Rubio/Fiorina: The cure for America’s Obama/Clinton hangover.


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Sep 17, 2015 03:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Get out of your Republican bubble. The only two people I would consider supporting are Carly and Kasich! All the rest are fools! Both have decent chance against HilLIARary Clinton

Walker - Wow, for real? This guy just repeats the same one-liners. He has absolutely no ability to think critically and has to revert back to irrelevant stuff and pitching himself "If you vote for me" liners. Plus his record in WI is pathetic.

What an embarrassment he is to the Republicans, State of WI, himself. The rest of the country has started to realize and I am taking about many republicans. They want s winner, not a droid.

Sorry mate - your credibility is all gone as a Walker backer. Maybe you should go back to talking bout really important things like how much you dislike liberals!

Wisconsin is a joke of a state now more than ever. Glad I moved out last year like so many of the other young people. Well at least you have the Badger and Packers! oh wait, no they are chokers too. Well I guess you have some freaking great beers.

This is what you have become...a joke,, just like Walker!

Peace for now.

Sep 17, 2015 04:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I will once again add that there is no evidence or video of fully formed fetuses and beating hearts as implied by Carly Fiorina. That story is nonsense! Planned Parenthood does not, has not sold body parts for profit. You will fit the story into your own belief system and convince the uninformed because telling the truth won't advance the GOP platform nor sell you little diatribes.

Sep 17, 2015 04:39 pm
 Posted by  mark

I see no evidence you've presented that makes a case that more money in politics is somehow beneficial. Simply having a field of 17 candidates, all raising tens of millions of dollars does not, in my opinion, reassure me that all that money is a charitable donation. Being a good capitalist yourself, I think the whole equation of "more money equals more influence" should resonate.

And why, please help me understand, would this be a positive thing for the electoral process and voters? Or is your stance that having our political process awash in money is an intended consequence of our founding fathers?

Sep 17, 2015 05:24 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, that debate was a huge pile of manure. You're like the excited little kid on Christmas morning happily digging into it, because, "With this much manure, there's GOTTA be a pony in here somewhere!" Your guys, and gal, can't face the electorate without lying about Planned Parenthood, the economy, 'Murica's military strength, Benghazi, etc. Walker: legs? How about: going down in flames. Free tip for the Guv - nobody cares about federal public employee unions. "Yeah! My mailman and his union thugs are rippin' us taxpayers off!" Go ahead, take 'em on. If you gotta keep saying you're probably ain't. Your primary voters don't seem very interested in insincere, word salad-spewing career politicians this time around.
What. An. Embarrassment.

Sep 18, 2015 06:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon @ 4:17
There was no "implication" , it was an explicit reference to what is contained in the video., specifically, the seventh video at the 5:57 mark.
Let's review what's illegal amd what is worthy of investigation as taken directly from these videos:
1. Haggling over prices for fetal remains
2. PP officials discussing how they alter abortion procedures to procure specimens
3. PP murdering born-alive infants

Sep 18, 2015 08:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon @ 6:51 a.m.:
So happy to see you're getting your talking points virtually cut and pasted from the National Review, as unbiased as source as there is if I ever saw one:

You certainly are correct that the twice-failed business executive made an explicit reference to said video. However, as has been widely reported (sorry, by the mainstream media, those unholy purveyors of lies), there's nothing in that video that backs Fiorina's claim. The video — which, hey, I've actually watched — shows stock footage of a fetus outside the womb. There's nothing to indicate that fetus was actually aborted. Funny thing, fetuses can be born prematurely and move at some basic lizard-brain level. They can also be still born. They don't all have to be aborted to obtain footage like that. There's also absolutely nothing about the video which indicates it was shot at a Planned Parenthood facility. And the technician being interviewed never says one word about being instructed to keep the fetus alive to harvest its brain.

It appears Fiorina either has questionable comprehension skills or is a flat-out liar. I'd argue both are true. Since the Republicans like to make the same statements about Hillary, maybe it's time to find a new rising star on the campaign trail.

Sep 18, 2015 03:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

For once I agree with AnnoyingBob. The Dems' debate was much better and much more enlightening to the true nature of each candidate.....wait.....what?

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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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