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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A wealth of candidates
Who won the Republican presidential debate? America was the winner.
How lucky we conservatives are with such an outstanding field of candidates! Counting only the 15 who debated last night we have (past and present, with some fitting more than one category) seven governors, five senators, two physicians, two business people, two Hispanics, one black, one woman, one Indian-American, one congressman, a former federal prosecutor. (Christie’s best line: put a prosecutor on the debate stage with Hillary.) The candidates represent a wide range of incomes, from billionaire Trump to Kohl’s shopping Scott Walker. From Libertarian Rand Paul to Gerald Ford-style Republican John Kasich. (He’s going to see if the Iran nuclear deal works?) Non-interventionist Paul to super-hawks Cruz and Rubio. The religious right (Huckabee and Santorum) to … Thankfully, all appear to be pro-life.
And no, I haven’t given up on Scott Walker. He still has legs. A legitimate claim to tap into the Donald Trump/Ben Carson zeitgeist: No more politics as usual. Voters admire courage. Walker never flinched during the union intifada. Scott, go to Ferguson!
Regardless, we can’t say we don’t have a choice. Remember all the sky-is-falling lamentations that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision meant the end of democracy as we know it? Just this January, President Obama indicted the ruling for causing “real harm to our democracy.” (Joined by the usual suspects: “Democracy Now!”, Bill Moyers’ website, and, predictably but ironically (when you think about it) Bernie Sanders.)
To which the indentured servants here at the Manor say, “Three Cheers for Citizens United.” That’s the headline over at Politico, which notes that far from wrecking democracy as we know it, the nation is blessed with 17 candidates (now 15) on the Republican side and six on the Democratic, if one counts Uncle Joe.
… expectations that big money would float the best-financed candidate directly to the White House have yet to materialize this campaign season. … Jeb Bush has collected $120 million in donations to lead all Republicans in the money sweepstakes, yet he trails Donald Trump badly in the polls. Trump has raised a mere $1.9 million — and $1.8 million of that is a Trump loan! Ben Carson is beating both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the polls despite raising a fourth of their loot.
On the Democratic Party side, poll leader Hillary Clinton leads the money race with $67.8 million, but her poll numbers are dropping at about the same rate that Bernie Sanders’ are rising, and the Sanders campaign has raked in only $15.2 million.
What has your Squire been saying? The voters can sort it out without Progressive experts like the GAB’s Shane “The Sheeple” Falk to determine who may say what and when they may say it, who has too much speech and who not enough.
Platinum Subscriber outtakes
- Republicans are the party of women’s suffrage, says a new ad on behalf of my Carly. “Fiorina gets her history right,” concludes the Washington Post fact check. “The Republican Party was generally more supportive of suffrage … The [19th] amendment only passed once Republicans took control of both houses of Congress.”
- This has been a Blaska Bring-It! agenda item: put education in the governor’s cabinet. Good for State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, who is rapidly becoming a difference maker. Education is too important to be orphaned at a nearly anonymous educrat’s shop. Especially one held hostage to the teachers union. As a principle of good government, diffusing accountability frustrates democracy.
- Make plans to attend this year’s Farm d’Art Tour, a 50-mile, self-guided, back-roads tour of outdoor art installations and roadside “culture stands” through the hills and valleys of Sauk County. It’s part of Fermentation Fest, Oct. 2–11. I wrote about last year’s here.
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