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Sep 27, 201612:39 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Hillary scores but doesn’t put Trump away

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The Squire is snorting through his thoughts — sorry, I meant “sorting” — on Monday nights' rumble in the jungle at Hofstra University, which posted a trigger warning — an actual sign with the heading “Trigger Warning” at the entrance to the debate hall. The sign warned that the subject of sexual assault might be mentioned. But Trump never mentioned Juanita Broaddrick by name. Or Paula Jones. Or Gennifer Flowers. Or …

One lesson of debating: if you are explaining, you are losing. Donald Trump found himself on the defensive over the housing discrimination suit, so very long ago. And what was all that hoo-ha over Iraq and what Trump may have said in private to Hannity?

Hillary neatly diverted attention from her secret emails to Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns. Did this successful billionaire pay no income taxes? If Trump were any kind of debater, he would have launched into the shadowy Clinton Foundation.

Hillary appeared hale and hearty. Trump went there anyway, attacking her stamina. Hillary retorted that Trump should try shuttle diplomacy sometime, jetting from one world hot spot to the next. Her example of the 11-hour grilling before Jason Chaffetz’ House Committee — a rope-a-dope if ever — was recent enough to illustrate her point.

Hillary then played the gender card, pivoting to Trump’s indefensible comments on women. (Think Heidi Cruz and Carly Fiorina.) Hillary understands the second rule of debate: if you stay on the attack you don’t have to play defense. (The Packers forgot that in the second half against the Lions.)

Even so, Hillary painted a giant kick-me target on her caboose. Trump just whiffed.

“I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can't do it.”

WHAT? Who is this man masquerading as Donald Trump? All he had to do was say, “Your husband Bill …” and then trail off, so very portentously.

The homicide epidemic and black victims

Trump was on the money by supporting stop and frisk. Hillary parried that the practice had been ruled unconstitutional. By a liberal judge, Trump retorted. A very liberal judge. Former Mayor Bloomberg appealed and got that very liberal judge thrown off the case and the ruling suspended. He won a new trial before a less biased judge but his uber-liberal successor, Bill de Blasio, dropped the appeal. (Ballotpedia)

This is a winner for Trump if he would pursue it. Homicide last year was up 10.8% in the nation, according to FBI numbers released Monday — the largest one-year increase by far in the last 20 years. And this year’s numbers will be even worse.

(The most homicides per capita, ranked in order: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, and Milwaukee. Chicago, with the most homicides on a gross basis, ranks only 12th.)

Crime and the urban dystopia, the man said in his usual inelegant way (is part of his appeal that he talks like an iron worker?), hurts black people the most. Of the homicide victims last year, 7,039 were black compared to 5,854 white, even though African-Americans constitute only 13% of the population.

Trump trumpeted (sorry) his police union endorsement and that is big. Bigger than the national news media understands. He would do well to quote Obama’s former chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said last week: ”We need to strengthen policing, prevention, penalties, and parenting.”

More police, Hillary. More prevention (stop and frisk). More penalties (not emptying prisons). And more fathers.


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Sep 27, 2016 01:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Clinton obviously knows how to push Trump's buttons, with little effort. Had him off within minutes (loan from daddy), something the deep bench couldn't do in an entire primary. She will keep shooting that huuuuge fish in a barrel, with predictable results. He is who he is. The sexism attacks are purposeful. She is shoring up the suburban white woman, not the in-the-Trump-bag, blue-collar white male. Your sensitive ears will only hear more. A little shift means game over, and they know it. Quote of the week, post-debate: "I see Hillary has come dressed in the blood of men who underestimated her."
--Sady Doyle

Sep 27, 2016 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm not sure if I watched the same debate you did; Trump vs H. Clinton, right?

My observations were that Trump was in a constant fit of eye-rolling and interruptions.

If Trump would have said as you suggest, "Your husband Bill …”, then all HC would have to say was, "If you haven't noticed, Bill isn't running for President". Trump (and Blaska by association) would have looked like dopes. Perhaps they already do.....

Why the cheap shot at iron workers? Trump doesn't talk like an iron worker (I have my neighbor as proof), but as the spoiled, ineffective, and overly dramatic bully that he is. He is all show, no go.

So when are you going to announce your all-in support for Trump? I've got Oct 21st in the pool.

Sep 27, 2016 01:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

1. Would you ever remark about a man's clothing choice?

2. Where do you stand on NAFTA and TPP?

3. Your assessment of Clinton winning by a small margin should be read like one would view a Packers fan after their loss at Minnesota. "Well, it was on the road and they only lost by 3. These debates don't have scores, it's win or you're a loser. Trump was the clear loser and margin didn't matter. To most Americans (not those delighted by the idea of politics as blood sport), his constant interruptions and credit grabbing were inexcusable. This man is not presidential. He is not gracious in the least nor is he dignified. Does he talk like an iron worker? I doubt it. Iron workers are probably much more humble.

Watch the beginning and the end, when the candidates interact with each other, the crowd and moderator: Hilary leads and Trump follows. He has no idea how to act in that room and that room is a lot more like the Oval Office than his usual gold-encrusted chambers.

You hate Hillary so badly it's impossible for you to accurately assess these things or the election in general.

Sep 27, 2016 02:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Better do some research on the Stop and Frisk policy. NYPD disagrees (and provide the numbers) with you and the Great Pumpkin on the effectiveness of that endeavor.

Sep 27, 2016 03:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Blaska - How does it feel to be in a position that even if the 'Republican' wins, you still lose? Man, must feel terrible to be you have and have another 4 years to wait for another candidate you can get behind (or perhaps 8)? In the mean time I look forward to more spewage about how much white liberals hate black and are responsible for their demise.

Or perhaps more ramblings about a politically irrelevant governor in an increasingly irrelevant state.

Oh and regarding the pool when you will official support Trump I give it October 18.

See you in 4 years!


Sep 27, 2016 03:39 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The Atlantic magazine, April 2014: "Has stop-and-frisk brought any benefits? ... the answer to the question—which civil-rights advocates don’t much like to hear—is probably yes.

"Ever since the 1990s, as crime rates have tumbled in New York and diminished nationally, liberal camps have been loath to allow that the improvements have much to do with policing. This stems partly from an aversion to Mayor Giuliani, who would have to get some of the credit if credit were to be given. It stems, too, from long-held liberal uneasiness, even antipathy, toward law enforcement.

" ... What does correlate strongly is proactive policing. ... As long as departments zero in on high-crime areas, as they should and do, cops are going to be patting down a preponderance of young minority men, some guilty and some innocent. And minorities—who are the preponderant victims of index crimes, the people most often killed and mugged and burglarized—are going to be the most immediate beneficiaries."

Sep 27, 2016 06:08 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave: pleasepleasePLEASE keep encouraging Trump to bring up Bill's philandering to Hillary's face. All she has to do is look at him and say, "Only one of us on this stage is an expert when it comes to infidelity."
This is not going to help Trump with the women vote, any more than his bullying, interruptions or man-splaining did. And he doesn't speak like an iron worker, he speaks (and acts) like a 4th grader.

Sep 28, 2016 08:27 am
 Posted by  Normwegian

Well,, Michael, it appears that the Sheeple are alive and well.

Sep 28, 2016 09:54 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Trump has to be careful with his attacks on Bill Clinton's personal life. If he goes down that path, then he opens himself up to similar attacks. And let's face it, there's a whole lot a material to work with there.

Sep 28, 2016 10:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska: Please look beyond surface issues on crime and see the effects of having generations of black men stopped and frisked. If they're innocent, they have nothing to hide is probably your response. But getting shaken down by Officer Friendly on a regular basis does not build confidence, optimism or pride in one's community. Quite the opposite. At your stage of life and with your background as a white kid from Mayberry, I'm sure it's hard to view life from another perspective and consider the bad with the good. But there it is.

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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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