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Mar 10, 201407:15 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Our Ms. Burke is made to wear the scarlet D (for Doyle)

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Temps in the 50s today? What are you doing reading this? Oh, I see. No, I won’t tell.

The philosopher of the modern zeitgeist, George Costanza, is speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it BE!

“If you really believe it, it’s not a lie.”

That’s the party line for Our Ms. Burke in her first foray onto the public airwaves with her very first paid campaign ad. But one must ask: Why kick off the air wars with an easily provable lie?

Mary Burke’s ad, “Record,” incorrectly states that “under Walker, unemployment’s up.” However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates have decreased since Scott Walker took office, from 7.8% to 6.3%. Additionally, PolitiFact called Burke’s argument in the ad a lie, noting that, “For a claim that is false and ridiculous, we give Burke a Pants on Fire.”

This is what is known in tennis as an unforced error. Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign smashes Burke’s feeble lob over the net. His very first TV spot of the 2014 campaign cycle notes that since he took office, unemployment is down to 6.3% from 7.8%.

Walker’s campaign asked several TV stations to take Burke’s ad down. Those outlets correctly answered that they cannot sit in judgment of what speech is factual and what is not. (As this paywall story relates.) Let voters decide. But Walker made his point, getting some second-day free news play.

Burke’s ploy does make some sense. She was attempting to pre-empt the inevitable attacks that she was a player in the poorly regarded Doyle regime. Walker’s campaign is endeavoring to make the Democratic challenger into Doyle’s secret love child. Make her wear the scarlet letter, D for Doyle Democrat.

But how easy it could have been to say, “Look, the job picture got worse after I left Doyle.” But then, that would be throwing Doyle under the bus. She has enough trouble on her left without alienating the Doyle apparatus, which very definitely includes party boss Mike Tate.

How much better would Our Ms. Burke have fared had she said, “We’re not making enough jobs here in Wisconsin. Here’s what I am going to do.” Great message, but no content. The lady has no plan.


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Mar 10, 2014 09:34 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

See? That's the problem right there! You are one of the very few people still reading the New York Times.

Mar 10, 2014 04:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If Comrade Dear Leader Obama wanted glorious Trek factory Tsarina Mary Burke to have a forward looking plan for 2014, he would have given her one in her Party Line marching orders! Always remember what Uncle Joe Stalin said about elections. To paraphrase... It's not how many votes you get, it's who counts the ballots in Dane, Milwaukee and Kenosha counties.

All hail Dear Leader's vision for November, as Obamacare and the continuing jobless economic recovery carries our candidates and People's Party to victory over the evil Capitalists.

Mar 11, 2014 05:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The media have been printing or broadcasting Democrat lies for years. Why should we expect them to change now?

Mar 11, 2014 07:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Occupy Madison mindset thinks that if government is subsidizing the housing of medical professionals doing business with Epic, then it also ought to do something about homelessness. As for parking in your neighborhood, well, they're always in somebody's neighborhood, aren't they? Why is mine (I live downtown and they sleep behind my building) more preferable than yours?

Are you truly interested in smaller government and fewer subsidies (call them bailouts, if you wanna), then let's have that discussion. Let's start with the homeless. But then let's make #2 on the agenda the unaccounted for loans streaming out of WEDC.

Mar 11, 2014 11:08 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

07:12 am asks: "Why is mine (I live downtown and they sleep behind my building) more preferable than yours?"

Blaska answers: "Because it is your neighborhood, not mine." Any unaccounted loans streaming out of WHEDA should have been accounted for and are now being accounted for, unless you have other information.

Mar 11, 2014 10:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Today's special Congressional election in Florida's 13th District went for the Republican. No one is surprised, considering President Mom Jeans has a 38% approval rating (likely inflated at that) thanks in large part to his signature legislation and our collective (pun intended) national disaster known as Obamacare.

Rumor has it that someone in the press asked Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu if the President is hurting Democrat's election chances, to which she replied "Obama who?"

Mar 12, 2014 06:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If under the current Marxist regime we can have a "jobless recovery," does that mean the Democrats had a "winless victory" last night in Florida's special election?

Mar 12, 2014 11:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Rasmussen has it 45-45. Maybe some people read those emails, huh?

Mar 13, 2014 08:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yeah, Florida has always been a real barometer of how the country feels.

Mar 17, 2014 04:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

More war on women by BLASKA - just keep it up buddy.

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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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