Thursday, December 16, 2010
Looking at it more closely, Russ took the money, and he did the screwing. I'd say that fits Beil's definition. Owen's beef is that the GOP calls that the Full Legislator Experience.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Michelle Bachmann wants to redefine "deficit" so that the Bush tax cuts don't count. Apparently wishing will make it so.
If you'll recall she also wants, "earmark," redefined to not include transportation projects in MN6.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor winner of the Afghanistan and IraqBryan Fischer, the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association adds:
wars, braved heavy gunfire to pull a fellow soldier to cover and rescued another
who was being dragged away by insurgents.
"...the Medal of Honor has been "feminized" because "we now award it onlyWhy do conservatives hate America so much?
for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them."
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
com·mu·ni·cate (k-myn-kt) VERB:com·mu·ni·cat·ed, com·mu·ni·cat·ing, com·mu·ni·cates VERB:tr.
1-To convey information about; make known; impart: communicated his views to our office.
2-To reveal clearly; manifest: Her disapproval communicated itself in her frown.
3-To spread (a disease, for example) to others; transmit: a carrier who communicated typhus.
1-To have an interchange, as of ideas.
2-To express oneself in such a way that one is readily and clearly understood: "That ability to communicate was strange in a man given to long, awkward silences" (Anthony Lewis).
3-Ecclesiastical To receive Communion.
4-To be connected, one with another: apartments that communicate.
Compare that to Uncommunicative:
"I don’t know what the standard is,” Kleefisch told WHBY.
A "professional communicator" who won't communicate, a lazy reporter who can't be bothered to find out that Barbara Lawton and Jean Hundtermark debated twice, a free-range moralist without an anchor; are those really qualifications for the second highest office in Wisconsin? Could you live with Governor Kleefisch if you had to?
Saturday, October 09, 2010
- Johnson seemed surprised by the way that Milk Marketing Orders work. Given that he has the DBA endorsement, shouldn't he have known about this before?
- I have to believe Feingold shaved at 7:15 or had a heavy layer of foundation on. He never actually looks clean-shaven.
- Johnson in one response talked about how well he worked with the School Board when he was asked about Judicial Advise and Consent as a way of telling us that he was for judicial capabilty and not litmus testing. In the next response he was trying to pin Feingold for the gun views of the judges he'd let GWB have. Either he was confused or lying.
- Johnson definitely looked more comfortable in the middle of the debate. He started off with too many "ums" and "uhs" for a Senator and ended looking tired, as if a full hour was just too much.
- Dear Senator Feingold, It's good to be all mavericky but you might not want to claim the TEA mantle too quickly. Those votes are shiny but you'll never get them and people who vote on facts don't really care for their brand of emotionalism.
- Dear Mr. Johnson, Stand up straight. You're not running for School Board. Respect your audience and the job you seek even if you don't respect your opponent.
- Johnson seems ready to throttle the HCR monster even after it starts to drag him under the waves. Acceptance rises every week now that people understand it. To run on a platform of "woulda, coulda, might," seems more than a little disingenuous.
- I only saw one candidate with a fire in his belly to serve the people last night. Say what you want about Scott Walker, he always looks like he WANTS the office. Johnson didn't look like that last night. He looked like a man who is used to making his own decisions and then having his decisions carried out. His body language was that of a man who'd rather be somewhere else.
- Bring on Monday night!
Friday, October 08, 2010
“This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty - the cause of humanity.” – William Jennings Bryan
“You, Sir, are no Jack Kennedy.” -Lloyd Bentsen
“I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” - Ronald Reagan
"Yeah, I got nothin'" --Rebecca Kleefisch
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
"...I'm not going to get in the game here and, you know, start namingThat's hardly a campaign stance. It's more like something your Prom date would say.
specific things to be attacked about, quite honestly,..."
"I've never been a newsmaker before," said Johnson, smiling. "This is
new to me. I'm a rookie."
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
- Nice turnout, Evansville. I heard we were close to 600 before 7 PM. That's around 43%
- Wow. I almost feel bad for Brett Davis. He took a deep breath and jumped feet-first into the Milwaukee radio crazy pool and still had his career handed to him by a member of the Liberal Media (everyone in TV is Liberal Media, right?) If he'd stuck to his principles he might have been electable in November. Now Scott Walker has a millstone around his neck by the name of...
- Rebecca Kleefisch who has promised to consult her Bible before making any decisions as Governor Lite. The Good News is she'll never be able to make many decisions from that chair. The bad news is she's one heartbeat from taking over. If you like Scott McCallum you'll love Becs. Or something like that.
- Coattails weren't worth much. Brett Davis tried to ride in on the Tommy! train without much success and Pompadour Paul Ryan's hand-picked candidate in the 44th, Ken Brotheridge, moved back into Wisconsin only to run fourth in the primary.
- In a race in which I had no favorites it was a shame to see Bill Truman run second. He deserved a shot against Sherman.
- Jeff Plale finds out that the environment matters and that Wisconsin isn't West Virginia. Both good lessons.
- Memo to Cousin Bill in Sauk County; It's only 44 votes out of 8800. Demand a recount. Soon.
- There's no substitute for money. RoJo makes the case for Original Intent by trying to return office-holding to only rich white guys and drops four and a half million dollars of family money doing it.
- Implied in the Governors race, the Republicans made it clear that they are strongly anti-competence by rejecting Scott Feldt for Treasurer.
- No matter how strong Kurt Sclicht ran in winning the 27th he still was nearly 2-1 behind Tony Wickersham in the 4 precincts in Rock County. There's a huge lesson there for an organization smart enough to hear it.
- Congrats to Jennifer Keach. She'll do well in a second term.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
That's right. The Candidate Without a Clue didn't think that maybe, just maybe, using a hijacking metaphor might be seen as being in poor taste on September 11.
There was more honest emotion this afternoon under the festival tent when the crowd rallied round the flag and sang God Bless America than Walker could ever hope to incite with his clumsy use of the media. We don't need this nimrod in office anymore.
Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at
me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with...
geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and
I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled the County out of action. I,
I, I know now they were only trying to protect some seasoned politicians...
There has been no response from the Barrett campaign about Walker's delusions of adequacy. Stay tuned.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Yeah. Those days are gone. Walker, never a strong long-range planner, lost sight of his primary opponent and suddenly finds himself locked in a real competitive race instead of the coronation he thinks he deserves.
In the past week Walker has sent out, not one, but two high-zoot glossy direct mailers trying to link Mark Neumann's record on a single vote with (Ladies, sit down, lest ye feel faint) Nancy Pelosi. Oh, nevermind that the bill passed with something like a 3-1 margin. Nevermind that support was bipartisan for the bill. Walker thinks that simple name-calling will sway the voters of Wisconsin.
I think he's accomplished that mission. Voters are coming out of the woodwork to announce their support for Neumann while Walker supporters find themselves reeling under the weight of the sheer ineptitude of a campaign that planned for a cakewalk and found themselves in a street fight.
Walker's newest mailer calls Neumann a "seasoned" politician, apparently in hopes that people will forget Walker's 16 years of suckling on the public teat. Look past the fact that politics been berry, berry good to Scott Walker and that he's seasoned enough to have managed himself an in-ground pool. Not too bad for a college drop-out. But what does Walker's expensive direct mailer tell us? Let's go to the dictionary.
So, Merriam-Webster tells us, to be seasoned is to be made fit by experience. Isn't that pretty much the opposite of what Walker intended? Isn't that pretty much the way he and his campaign have operated?
Definition of SEASON
a : to give (food) more
flavor or zest by adding seasoning or savory ingredients b : to give a
distinctive quality to as if by seasoning; especially : to make more agreeable
c archaic : to qualify by admixture :temper
a : to treat (as wood or a skillet) so as to prepare for use b : to
make fit by experience
To add to the stink of desperation in the air the Walker campaign is running the much-hated robocalls, this time featuring the voice talents of seasoned politician, Flyin' Jim Sensenbrenner. Sensenbrenner, sounding like he'd rather be eating raw squid than doing political ads, makes the pitch of the party insiders for Walker. There's something especially heart-breaking about getting a man who's been in one office or another for more than forty years being called on to slander a fellow party member for being a "seasoned" politician.
In a little over 100 hours this squalid little story will have been written and we can all move on to the next chapter. But, there is one thing Scott Walker has shown us. Where he's making the decisions it's all about the short-term gains. He doesn't care about the future of his party. He doesn't give a rat's rip about crushing anyone in his mad scramble to higher office. Think twice before giving your vote and your future to this ruthless, conniving man.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
How many things are wrong with this sentence?
Republican Party spokesman Andrew Welhouse says he thought the fundraiser
happened because he heard about it on Milwaukee talk radio.
Welhouse thought it happened. He did not Know. But he heard it on a Milwaukee Talk Radio Show. What could go wrong there? In his fevered brain he was sure that talk radio wouldn't lie to him. Does anybody else remember when the parties made news and the radio stations reported it instead of the other way around?
What's the difference between a pack of Cub Scouts and WisGOP? A Cub Scout pack has adult supervision.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Now, it's his lack of awareness that the boxing glove thingie might backfire.
A complication in the imagery of this ad: Back in August 2009, Barrett was
severely beaten by a man with a tire iron at the Wisconsin State Fair. Barrett
intervened to protect a woman who was trying to protect her 1-year-old
granddaughter from the girl's drunk father, who in turn then attacked Barrett.
Barrett was hospitalized and has undergone multiple operations on his hand,
which doctors say might never fully recover. The assailant was later sentenced
to 12 years in prison.
Oh yeah, you can add your voice to the call to force Walker to retract his slurs.
The DA and IRS should be treating this as a crime at the very least.
Our lead investor calmed us with the news that, "We have paid the Army. If there is no settlement in ten days they will reopen the factory for us."
That must be the level of control Ron Johnson got all wistful for yesterday,
"And his point is, the level of uncertainty, the climate for business
investment is far more certain in Communist China then it is in the U.S. here,"
Too much "uncertainty" in Free Markets for RoJo. Tell me again why this man is a serious candidate for office.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Put in those swoopy "gleam" lights on their teeth and have them turn to a forty-five degree angle a lot. Maybe that will fool the public.
Here's another video trying to sell Cantor and Ryan's failed proposals.
But, let's all take a moment to savor the delicious irony that the egg recall itself is centered on GALT, IA.
In any hiring situation, an applicant who submits a resume but refuses
outright to show up to a job interview is immediately disqualified,” says
Westlake. “Yet that’s the kind of disdain for voters we’re seeing here,” the
West Point graduate and Army Veteran adds.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Pointing to the place about 150 feet up the Egyptian-style obelisk, where
the color of the stone suddenly changes, Beck gravely exhorted the crowd to note
the "scar" on the founding president's memorial. It happened, he said, when
construction was halted for the national trauma of the Civil War -- the apparent
implication being that Saturday's rally would perform some necessary plastic
surgery on race-related social divisions splitting the country.
When building ceased, a private group of political activists grabbed
the project's reins -- but they promptly made a huge mess of things.
Among other problems, they were rabid anti-Catholic nativists,
religious fanatics who believed only native-born Americans should hold any
public office. They stoked popular fears that waves of Irish and German
immigrants were overwhelming the United States.When Pope Pius IX donated a
building stone from the Temple of Concord in Rome for the restarted Washington
Monument project, the activists had it destroyed. Through in-fighting,
ideological division and bursts of election-related violence, the group fell
apart after two years. The shoddy work they had done on the monument had
to be removed. Hence the "scar" we see today.
h/t The Chief
Barbara Ruick, Bobby Van, Debbie Rynolds and Bob Fosse. Watch the difference between Van and Fosse's edge. Van was a servicable dancer, Fosse a genius.
Also of note...sweaters, skirts and an improbable waistline. Enjoy.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Still my favorite Wisconsin Mehlman Moment was when he put his arm around the weaker candidate. We happen to have a dramatic recreation of the conversation that night. Rod Steiger plays the part of Ken Mehlman and Marlon Brando fills in for the man who thought he was a contender but was a... Well, watch for yourself.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Lieutenant Governor candidate and State Representative Brett
Davis has learned that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections
is now using state dollars to pay for driver’s licenses and state-issued
identification cards for prison inmates. Davis learned
the policy change went into effect on July 1 of this year.
“These absurd spending programs continue to show Governor Doyle to be hopelessly tone deaf to the will of the people of
All really inflammatory rhetoric that looks good on a campaign website. It overlooks the fact that the measure was part of the 2007-08 budget that Scott Suder and Mark Pocan put together. I guess though, as one of Brett's constituents all these years, I kind of assumed he was reading the bills he was voting for.
Maybe he should have talked to Scott Suder about the problems that being careless with ID can cause.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Asked if he was surprised by the timing of the probe, Walker said: "I can't
be surprised by something I don't know about."
Monday, August 23, 2010
Johnson said. "I just hope the zoning officials and the city, the state
revisit that, rezone that piece of property."
The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate continued: "If they don't
do it I hope the construction workers in New York show their outrage and say we
are not going to do that."
-Racine Journal Times
Ron Johnson, your pro-thuggery candidate.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Main Entry: en·tre·pre·neur
Pronunciation: \ˌäⁿn-trə-p(r)ə-ˈnər, -ˈn(y)u̇r\
Etymology: French, from Old French, from entreprendre to undertake — more at enterprise
: one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Would you choose a surgeon who prided himself on not being a career surgeon while deriding his opponent as someone who'd done nothing but surgery for two decades?
Would you hire a bus driver who had never driven, a plumber who had never soldered a joint or an electrician who knew nothing about amps and volts and wattage?
Of course you wouldn't. So why swallow the ads of a knucklehead like Ron Johnson, who admits he doesn't "know" a lot about the Constitution, who plays stumble, fumble and fall with something so basic as a blind trust for his BP stock who sees the parade of jobs out of Wisconsin as creative destruction that's good for the businesses in the state?
Why vote for a candidate whose self-proclaimed strong suit is that he's never done the job and doesn't know much about how it works.
RoJo would hire a line worker with those qualifications. Why does he think Wisconsin is gullible enough to hire him?
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
"Dear Lord Baby Jesus....I just wanted to take time to say, thank you
for my family: two beautiful, beautiful, handsome, striking sons Walker and
Texas Ranger - or TR, as we call him. And, of course, my red-hot smokin' wife,
Carly, who's a stone cold fox." - Will Farrell playing Ricky
Bobby in Talladega Nights.
“I'm very thankful for my red-hot smoking wife, the first lady of
Minnesota,” - Tim
Pawlenty, the sitting Governor of Minnesota, testing out the 2012
waters in Iowa this weekend.
Monday, August 02, 2010
"There are tens of thousands of people with master's degrees who don't haveAt least one name comes readily to mind. I think you make your point admirably, Senator.
the common sense God gave a rabbit," said state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West
Bend), who has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nobody really expected Walker to have a record of A's and B's as Neumann has, just based on his critical thinking and decision-making skills, but if it took him four years to amass 84 credits that means that either Walker was a less-than-full-time student or he has more than just one or two F's in that transcript.
Maybe there were circumstances that kept Walker from finishing a class or two. Maybe he just wasn't putting his best effort into school. But the citizens of Wisconsin have to know a few things about a man who wants to run DPI, appoint the Board of Regents, and oversee the hiring of top-level administrators at the UW System Schools.
Join the call for transparency by Scott Walker. Ask to have his transcript made public. Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett have both done so and have shown they not only have nothing to hide but would be well qualified to weigh in on questions in education. What is Walker hiding by refusing to meet this simple request?
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
"Jim Doyle not personally responsible for all the troubles in the country."
Two-thirds of the states already forecast another round of double-digit budget
gaps in FY 2012. The deficit tally so far is $72.1 billion. Eighteen states
expect the gap to be at least 10% of their general fund.
"Feingold refuses to divest stock holding"
"However, I want to make it clear that I will not be divesting my one
share in the Packers," Feingold said. "Not because it's the only stock I own, or
because market conditions predict a Super Bowl, but because I am a committed
Packer fan whether they are up or down."
Johnson had suggested
he would sell the stock and use the money for his Senate run. But this week he
balked. "I think that will eventually happen, but I'm going to do it based on
market conditions," Johnson told
reporters. "I'm going to have to finance this campaign. ...
"LaHood tells GOP Gov candidates they've missed the train"
"High-speed rail is coming to Wisconsin," LaHood said. "There's no stopping
Just another obstructionist day on the campaign trail for Neumann, RoJo and Walker; wandering around in a land where ethics depend on market conditions, where public transportation is bad and where you can cherry-pick the blame.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Walker explained that currently the federal government’s free phone programIt all sounds good until you realize that the extra $4 million isn't being spent at all and there is no reason to expect it to ever be spent. He's just throwing around numbers and hoping that someone believes in them.
allows low-income individuals to apply for discounted phones and $15 a month
phone use, but the State of Wisconsin goes further than other states by
supplementing the additional costs of the phones. With this additional
money, taxpayers foot the bill for approximately $10 a month per person in
additional charges. Eliminating this program saves an immediate $1.4
million per year for the taxpayers and averts spending as much as $5.4
million. Under Walker’s proposal, low-income Wisconsin residents can still
apply for the discounted phones, but the state will no longer provide the
additional funding to make them completely free.
“For the over 547,000 households that qualify for Lifeline services inSo Walker--he of the jobifying pronouncements--wants to take away the ability for employers to reach the very people who need the phones to communicate with them.
Wisconsin, SafeLink provides a modern necessity that could help them secure
employment, communicate with their child-care provider, reach hospitals, fire
departments, or police in the event of an emergency and they would receive that
help at absolutely no cost"
The SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a
free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services and free 60 minutes of
airtime, monthly, for one year
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
RoJo said Feingold voted against drilling in the Great Lakes but PolitiFact finds that message to be "Barely True," in that Johnson was correct that there are in fact lakes known collectively as The Great Lakes.
When asked about drilling for oil specifically in the Great Lakes, Johnson said, "the U.S. should get the oil where it is," even if that includes the Great Lakes.
The truthiness seems to elude Johnson. Perhaps he should refudiate his words.
Meanwhile, Dave Westlake is plugging away.
Friday, July 09, 2010
There's a note on the Direct TV channel guide now that gives me hope. In a spot that once broadcast repeats of unscripted dreck we now see the message:
Fox Reality is no longer available.Would that it may ever be so.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
“Earlier today former U.S. Senate candidate Terrence Wall alleged that
ballot tampering occurred at the state GOP convention. While these allegations
are troubling, we are focused on meeting people to talk about jobs, the economy
and cleaning up the oil spill. However, if these charges have merit we will stop
at nothing to eliminate fraud and abuse in the Wisconsin State Republican
It seems to me that the situation stands there already. Reince and his cohorts started at Nothing and stopped. Priebus has had a tough couple of years; first doing damage control for Michael Steele and now acting as ringmaster at the Rojo Circus.
Wall accused Johnson of buying votes at the Republican convention in May. He
also accused the Republican Party of stealing votes from him and delaying the
vote for senator by a day, to give Johnson an advantage.
"A handful of people came in and spread money around, from the guy who called me after the convention and said his hotel room was paid for by Johnson's people ... to the guy who ... admitted to taking votes from me and putting them in his pocket," Wall said, during the interview. "I've got over a hundred stories like that."
I think the headline writer meant, "Unconfirmed." After all the internal GOP investigation into Johnson's actions hasn't even commenced yet. I'm sure the CRG goofballs will be filing an ORR for the payment book at the convention hotel soon.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Remember When All Those Conservative Bloggers Were Saying Fred Thompson Was The Future Of The Republican Party?
"I had an insurmountable object to overcome in that presidential bid
and that was the wisdom and the inherent good judgment of the American people," Thompson told John Stewart Thursday on
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Pollster Larry Rasmussen to be a featured speaker on National Review cruise
along with Karl Rove and Phyllis Schlafly. Prices start at $2500
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was celebrated to remember the sacrifices of the Union soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil war. After WWI it was expanded to honor all of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It has expanded further over the years into a day of remembrance of lost family as well.
Many politicians use Memorial Day as a day to issue a press release. Rep Roger Roth adopted a somber yet thankful tone.
“As Americans, we benefit from a distinctive brand of freedom which
makes us the envy of the world, fully absent the authoritarianism and oppression
that has so often plagued the rest of the globe.
Like anything worthwhile, the freedom we enjoy had to be earned; and it
has only been made possible by the brave men and women who have given their
lives on the battlefields of Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan so
that we can all continue to live free and prosper.
House candidate Sean Duffy stressed the shared values of all Americans.
But what unites all Americans, however they choose to spend Memorial Day, is
a solemn reverence for the sacrifices our country's brave men and women, and
their families have endured. Let's take a moment to give thought to the families
and the friends of the fallen. We cannot measure the depth of their loss, nor
comprehend the true measure of their sorrow.
Rep Kagen's presser was a little heavy on "I" strain for my taste but he still showed a basic empathy for the nature of the day.
This Memorial Day, we will come together again to join in celebrating the
lives of those who have given their full measure in the defense of our nation
and our way of life. As one nation under God, we believe in keeping the memories
of our fallen soldiers alive, especially during annual Memorial Day
Tom Barrett's statement emphasized that the sacrifices continue, that Memorial Day should not be a once in the year event.
We can honor them by never forgetting their sacrifice, and by paying tribute
to the 430,000 veterans in Wisconsin – including 30,000 courageous Wisconsinites who have served in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But one candidate for Governor chose to make his press release on the day after Memorial Day to show us where his head was on the day of remembrance. Rather than keep quiet and honor the dead or speak up and offer a tribute to them Scott Walker chose to celebrate something else entirely.
Over 75 volunteers visited 40 parades across Wisconsin on Monday. The
volunteers delivered over 40,000 Scott Walker brown bags with the phrase “I have to brown bag it to pay Wisconsin’s taxes",
So it was more important to Walker that his followers had handed out 40,000 recycled paper bags with his recycled message than it was for him to take one day away from campaigning and just be a grateful American. No message of gratitude or remembrance, no honor or grace; just the same-old, same-old tin-ear, graceless Walker puffing out a quick, "Look at me!" on a day set aside to celebrate others.
But, lest you think he is only capable of a lack of grace, Walker also manages to offer up one of his patented twists of fact in the same release.
On the previous weekend, Scott Walker received the endorsement of thousandsThe high estimate of attendance at the WisGOP was 13-1500 and the bulk of those attendees were, as is usual at every political convention, party insiders and hangers-on. How Walker manages to make that out to be "thousands of grassroots supporters" is a mystery.
of grassroots supporters at the GOP state convention with 91.3% of the vote.
Scott Walker just can't see how others see him.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Just five weeks after learning it had posted a surplus for 2009, MilwaukeeRunning a government is hard work and Walker is just not up to the task. He is good at slash and burn as well as the politics of divisiveness but not much else.
County faces a projected $6.6 million deficit this year, according to a report
Dreyfus' victory led Republican Party leaders to stop - at least
temporarily - the practice of endorsing gubernatorial candidates in contested
primaries. Embarrassment over the issue led the Wisconsin State Journal that
year to state in a story that the Republican practice was "comatose."
"No party wants to have its leadership look ridiculous in an
election," Franklin said.
Reince never got the word. My advice to Mark Neumann is to start wearing a red vest.
The Journal adds (but the emphasis is mine): Jensen and other topSo we come back to the Party elite picking the chosen few for the voters to swallow. It should be the theme for the weekend in Milwaukee.
lawmakers - Democrats and Republicans - used public money and resources to pay for their campaigns and those of favored candidates. The devious goal was to
unfairly tip elections - including party primaries - in favor of hand-picked loyalists who would keep Jensen and the other leaders in power. Other top state leaders from Jensen's era have already pleaded guilty and served time behind bars.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Ryan has prepared charts to show that he has a plan for Butler to win the game and has had that plan ready to roll out for the last 6 years. He will call for the game to be restarted with 15 minutes on the clock and Butler to have the first 7 possessions. After that his plan will call for all out-of-bounds situations to be decided by having the teams compare alumni donations.
In a separate speech in Bonduel today candidate Mark Neumann will circulate a petition calling for a ban on NCAA basketball in Wisconsin. "Wisconsin has a great basketball tradition, all on its own," Neumann said yesterday. "We don't need some national association coming in here and and ramming socialized brackets down the throats of the good people of our state."
Friday, April 02, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
He is the poster boy for incumbents; a perennial under-achiever who has never done anything but cash government checks.
Dear Mark Neumann, That balanced budget you're so fond of bragging about during your last term in Congress came during a Democratic administration while you were a minor player in the party that tried to kill the golden goose with an impeachment. You may want to stop bragging about that quite so loudly. People will think you have delusions of adequacy.
Oh, and Mark? Your predecessor's name was Les A-s-p-I-n. With an "I." You should have your out-of-state direct mail bunch run those things past someone from the state you want to lead. You look silly when you make those simple mistakes.
And one for the national scene. Kay Bailey Hutchinson For Governor sent me this missive sometime last night.
"Dean Young is running for Lt. Governor of Alabama. He is a stanch and experienced Conservative leader. "
Now, given that one definition for stanch is,"to stop or check in its course," it seems very likely that Young may be the best choice for the obstructionists.
When do you suppose that the GOP will swing back to wanting some actual thinkers on their side?
Monday, March 15, 2010
...campaign finance records show Walker’s campaign has piled up big tabs at some restaurants for meetings, including more than $2,000 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Middleton...The State Journal adds clarification, lest some say, "Well, they all do it."
By contrast, the campaigns of his GOP primary rival Mark Neumann and Democratic opponent Tom Barrett spent some money on food and drinks for fundraisers but virtually nothing on meals for themselves and their campaign meetings.
It's clear that they don't all do it. This is about Walker's hubris; his feeling of being the anointed candidate.
Saint Ronnie said, "Trust. But verify."
He was talking about someone who said one thing and did another. You know? Like Scott Walker
(cross posted at Whallah!)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Let's just take a look and see what kind of hollabacks and throwbacks the GOPers came up with.
JB van Goodhair showed that he knows the code.
“We need to preserve America for Americans,” Van Hollen said.Tim Nerenz showed he knows the code, too.
“And what does a good master do when a cabana boy doesn’t know his place?” Nerenz, a Llibertarian running against Dem U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison, asked the crowd. “That’s right. He fires him."
And count on Not-Really-Joe, the Make-Believe Plumber to rail against socialized garbage collection and police-for-all.
"I demand less taxes. I demand less involvement in my personal life," Wurzelbacher said, drawing applause.The AFP shindig was a collection of speechifying against clean air regulations, healthcare reform and tolerance.
Nerenz declared, “We are not the party of no. We are the party of hell no.”
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Scott Walker says he doesn't believe in Wisconsin. Why should we believe in him?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tim Tebow gets a say? Then so does Rosie O'Donnell.
Ted Nugent is a deep political thinker? Then so is Avril Lavigne.
Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton are trenchant political commentators? Then take your lumps from Alec Baldwin.
Kirk Cameron and Scott Baio are now your poster boys? Golly, I don't know. Carrot Top and Gallagher? What's their POV? It's hard to riff on Baio and Cameron. They weren't really relevant when they were working steady.
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Embarasses family whilst pandering them to America? Check.
A visible embarrassed Ayla told her father that Arianna was not single, toShown off his "bit of a patriot" for the publicity of it? Check
which Brown replied, "Arianna is definitely not available, but Ayla is."
It's no wonder Drudge thinks he's just as Presidential as Palin.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Some people beat their swords into plowshares. Some just stockpile pitchforks. At least now we won't hear anything about all that pesky reform.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Those same people are lighting their punks to go after the authors of the new book, Game Change, for the things they reported about Sarah Palin. It appears that the authors are nothing but shills and hacks and nothing they say in print should be taken seriously.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Wisconsin Homeowners Insurance Amongst Nation Lowest – Insuring your home is less expensive in Wisconsin than nearly any other state, according to a recent
study from a group of state insurance regulators. The National Association of
Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) report shows that residents in Wisconsin spend an average of $491 on homeowners insurance, 49th in the nation. The NAIC report, which is based on 2007 data, says that the average homeowners insurance premium in Wisconsin is 40 percent lower than the national average of $822. The state with the lowest average expenditure for homeowners insurance in the country is Idaho at $477. View the press release online at: http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=181281
Sunday, January 10, 2010
There was a "tremendous rebound" from the depths to which most stock prices
had sunk in late 2008 and early 2009, in Wisconsin as well as nationwide, said
Todd Parrish, analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co., Milwaukee. "When you look
at the final numbers, they are just outstanding."
The gains were wide, contrary to WMC's hand-wringing message.
Heavy industry made up four of the state's five highest percentage
gainers in 2009: Oshkosh Corp., Bucyrus International, Modine Manufacturing and Joy Global...
Madison has seven publicly traded companies, and all but two saw
increases in their share price last year.
It looks as if the stimulus is taking hold. Unemployment always lags but should follow suit if America is strong enough to stay the course and doesn't fall victim to the snake oil salesmen who got us into this mess.