When you can’t win elections you do a One Scot Ross

Once again, the white lab coats here at Blaska Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon) derive inspiration from one of the great political movies of all time, Animal House.

Expelled from school, their fraternity charter revoked, Otter — himself battered and bruised — proposes one last desperate recourse: “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”

Bluto BlutarskyAs Bluto Blutarsky might have rejoined, “Scot Ross is just the one to do it.”

For that is the rallying cry of the execrable One Scot Ross, the ill-tempered major domo at One Wisconsin Now, the Democrat(ic) party’s designated, dark-money attack dog.

His bilious jeremiad in (where else?) The Capital Times is titled: “Let’s say and do something.” (Even if it is really futile and stupid.)

Give a listen to his spittle-flecked invective, wherein he excoriates …

the madness and recklessness of Donald Trump. … the lapdog Congress led by Trump allies Paul Ryan in the House and Ron Johnson in the Senate … the pathological failure and incompetence of Scott Walker.

Um, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole ball game, One Scot. What you’re really saying is “we can’t win elections.”

Now, a rational human being, a dedicated citizen, might suggest broadening the base, revising the message — maybe quit insulting the Deplorables. But One Scot Ross is none of the above.

No, his prescription is simple (and similarly minded):  “We must rebel.”

“On a weekly basis” One Scot wants “to build upon the protests, marches and dedicated progressive across Wisconsin and across the country who are standing up against this tyranny we face.”

Sign up for the training session. Yes, trained protestors will fan the fires.

Hey, it worked during the Act 10 intifada. NOT!

‘Addicted to love elections’

Did we say the Left can’t win elections any more? Then a pox on elections! In this, One Scot has national cover, thoughtfully provided by Comrade John Nichols’ other publication, The Nation.

The headline gives away the game. “Our addiction to elections is killing American Democracy.”

Now, if that isn’t Orwellian, his name wasn’t George.

“It’s time to embrace other avenues of political engagement,” the subhead advocates.

For nearly 200 years, we have defined the democratic character of our system through elections. We are an election-crazed nation …

There is no clearer evidence of the shrinking utility of elections than the success of Donald Trump.

One Daniel M. Shea takes an awful lot of time and ransacks history before getting to what the subhead on his screed promises. Buried deep into the story is the money quote:

Wise activists understand the power of the courts to thwart recalcitrant, poll-driven elected officials. Demonstrations, sit-ins, protests, boycotts, lobbying, and an endless variety of civic actions have helped paved the way toward a more perfect union.

Just ask the Act 10 protestors.

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15 Responses to When you can’t win elections you do a One Scot Ross

  1. madisonexpat says:

    Other avenues of political engagement beloved by the Left:
    Block captains
    Kids denouncing parents
    Re-education camps
    Politically correct worldview
    Psychiatric treatment of dissidents
    Abolition of free speech


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Don’t forget after-school bicycle repair clinics, a proven method for the prevention of gang violence (at least in the parallel universe of Madison liberals.).

      Add to “kids denouncing their parents” college students denouncing their peers. BTW, isn’t “re-education camp” simply another term for liberal arts college?

      And let’s not ignore “restorative justice” (i.e., free passes for criminals of the minority persuasion).


  2. Dan B. says:

    Seems like his prescription is the same as yours was in 2008, right? We hope this president fails. Don’t move left, instead move right and do so with a tea party message (even though it didn’t really have that much to do with the actual Boston original). Hey it worked for the GOP? The guy dropping bombs from the White House proves it did.


  3. madisonexpat says:

    Dan B.
    I think your last line puts you in bed with Putin and Assad. Certainly moreso than President Trump.


  4. Tom Paine says:

    Dave, your penchant for long-winded comments may lose a few readers. Be more direct. Don’t mask your ideas. I mean, really, does Wisconsin One deserve a column? Better to address the one-dimensional ideological schlock of WPR that masquerades as Sifting and Winnowing. Doubt me? Tune it to Joy’s “balanced” discussion tomorrow morning when, in the name of ethical balance, she’ll have 3 guests who will demonstrate intellectual “diversity” about mining. Be prepared to vote her journalistic initiative as deserving of a Pulitzer.


    • old baldy says:

      I hope you listened, and I hope you heard Joy say that the mining company was “unavailable” for comment. That being said, this is a poor spot for a mine, literally perched right on the banks of the Menominee River. Unless extraordinary precautions are taken this could be a disaster. And WI really doesn’t have much say in the process, as the deposit is in MI and does not appear to go under the Menominee into WI.

      I’ll take the intellectual diversity of Cardin over the likes of Limbaugh, O’Reilly or Miss Vicki any day.


      • field slave of Tom Paine says:

        [EDITED FOR BREVITY. Folks, get your own blog if you want to run long]

        Old Baldy……..of course the mining company representative was unavailable for comment. It is a common rationale for WPR when it wants to stage a one-sided propaganda show. …

        It is obvious why only one point of view was allowed for WPR programs about the Dakota Access Pipeline, “Climate Change” advocates [etc.] … we all know that Michael Kraft was right -those who question Al Gore’s orthodoxy should be imprisoned

        If you oppose mining, in-toto, say so. If you do not believe the state can regulate mining in a safe manner, however you define “safe,” declare your position and explain who should have the authority to regulate and permit economic behavior.

        … PUBLIC RADIO takes public funds and has no MEANINGFUL public accountability. Who controls programming of WPR? Certainly, not the people. Who controls personnel?


      • old baldy says:


        Obviously you aren’t up on the funding source of WPR. It is the UW system, and since 2010 has been under the thumb of the walker administration. So if you want to place blame now you have the target.

        I don’t oppose mining in general, but feel a need to point out flaws in the pro-mining argument at times. The G-Tac iron mine was a great example of how politics was used to get money flowing. Anyone with any knowledge and experience knew right from the start that G-Tac would never be built as proposed. I’ve been on the Back Forty site, walked the original discovery and seen the core samples. This deposit is literally just across the road from the Menominee River. Like I said, unless extraordinary precautions are taken this could be a disaster. If you have factual information to the contrary, please share.

        Get informed, think while it is still legal, there is hope for you yet !!


      • T. P. says:

        Old Bald one…. salient sentences in my reply were deleted. Fair enough; Dave’s blog. However, pointless to reply to any other comments, now or in the future. Limited to plastic picnic knife, I’ll always lose in any intellectual fight. You win it all…Adios. My last reply/post.


  5. AnonyBob says:

    I used to work with Scot Ross. Great guy. Excreble? But of projection there, Dave? He’s a little more grounded than Expat, at least.


  6. AnonyBob says:

    “Bit of…”


  7. madisonexpat says:



  8. madisonexpat says:


    Thank you for solving a mystery. Being compared to the man (or he to me, actually) made me read some of his stuff. NOW I know why Wisconsin went from the blue fist of solidarity to the red middle finger to the Democratic Party.


  9. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The Dems are still smarting (as well they should) from the unfortunate events of Nov. 8, 2016. They thought they’d hit on the perfect electoral formula: the coastal elites + every aggrieved minority under the sun = VICTORY! How their little hearts thrilled to reports of the steadily diminishing whiteness of America! So now it’s time to put on their pink beanies, dust the cobwebs off their placards, and try their best to impose their will on the rest of us who still believe in elections. But what other choice do they have? They can’t suddenly cozy up to the white working class after sneering at them for decades–even liberal hypocrisy has its limits.


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