For Democrats, it’s always 1968

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Got to admit, Paul Soglin v. Scott Walker would be a hoot and a half!

For the rabble swarm at the Stately Manor, politics is a blood sport akin to boxing, NFL football, and roller derby. Like we tell our paying clients at the Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon), it’s never too early to go negative. Soglin versus Walker: Release the Hounds!

Other analogies suggest themselves:

  • Bernie Sanders v. Donald Trump, the election the Democrats deserved but did not get.
  • George Soros and Tom Steyer v. the Brothers Koch.
  • The Big Teachers Unions v. The Bradley Foundation.
  • 1968 v. 2018.
  • Beta vs VHS.

Paul Soglin would bring some major wattage to a party that has faded into the wallpaper. Tom Barrett, nice guy. Mary Burke, the same. But not only did those two lack fire, there was no smoke. Not even ditch weed.

The feeling here is that Madison’s Mayor for Life was jones-ing for an attention fix. If Hizzoner does comes to his senses before next year’s filing deadline, the party reverts to the political equivalent of your father’s Oldsmobile, AM radio only.

Even with Soglin, the party seems a little long in the tooth. (Only Keith Moon died before he got old.) The state Democrat(ic) party convention in Dane County (where else?) this past weekend drove that point home. Routed at the polls last November, they double down on its author, party chairman Martha Laning. Peter Barca still leads the dwindling tribe of Assembly Democrats just as Nancy Pelosi stays on in the House of Reps. Same as it ever was.

Hillary Clinton remains the most-quoted Democrat, although we hear the asking price for her speeches has been discounted.

Instead having their fingers on the pulse of America, Democrats are lancing the capillary.

A transgender girl who identifies as a boy wants to use the boy’s bathroom at a Kenosha high school. Three Democrat(ic) legislators rush forward with legislation. By God, they’ll win back those rural counties yet. Steeped in identity politics, as Dave Cieslewicz has wisely written, they’ve lost the construction worker, farmers and factory workers.

State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and most of the Madison Common Council want to handcuff the police. Take it to the man! Bust the cops! Same as it ever was.


The party of my youth has become reactionary, fending off reform and clinging to the canon of ideas that were already enshrined by 1968. The one thing today’s party has going for it is anger and recrimination, class resentment and entitlement. Destructive though it may be, at least it is energy. If they could only tap in to it! But they had that well before Donald Trump and it’s gotten them, where? On the outside looking in.

So yes, nominate for governor someone else from Madison. Not just a garden variety liberal-progressive-socialist but Havana Paul, who made his bones in tear gassed campus protests when Scott Walker was dating cheerleaders. Shut down the university! Fascist speakers off campus! Free-speech disrupters, state Rep. Therese Berceau, D-Madison, and her party have your back. Same as it ever was.

It was five years ago Tuesday that Walker became the first governor to survive a recall. He can thank Thistle and Hippy Bongstocking, Pink Dress Guy and Segway Boy and their fellow occupiers in the Great Capitol hissy fit. And Paul Soglin; he slept over at the Capitol, the political version of Woodstock. For our Democrat(ic) acquaintances, it is always 1968, tie-dyed T shirts and black Panthers. Today it’s pink pussy hats and window smashers in black. Deja vu, all over again.


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25 Responses to For Democrats, it’s always 1968

  1. old baldy says:

    1968 looks pretty good compared to this. Kremer thinks it is 4.5 billion (minus 6000) years ago. And he in under the dome make laws that affect all of our lives. Pretty scary, eh?

    “Rep. Jesse Kremer said in a May 11 legislative hearing that it was a fact that the earth was 6,000 years old. He made the comment during testimony on a bill he’s sponsoring that would punish anyone who tries to disrupt free speech on college campuses.

    Kremer said Wednesday the earth’s age is “my biblical belief. Other people believe the same thing. That’s all I’m going to say.”

    Scientists say evidence shows the earth is about 4.5 billion years old”.


  2. madisonexpat says:

    He’s anti science then right? I bet he knows what gender he is.


    • old baldy says:

      Right away you bring up sex. What is it with you conservatives, always the sex thing?? Some unfulfilled fantasy ?

      And yes, it looks like he is anti-science, anti-education, anti-common sense. And pro religious zealot.


  3. madisonexpat says:


    Gender is not sex. I did not bring up sex, you did.
    And what is it with old Progressives who revert to name calling?
    Reread “How To Talk To Deplorables”.
    Pay attention this time. Sheesh.


    • old baldy says:

      Looks like dictionaries and professionals disagree.

      “Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, these characteristics may include biological sex (i.e. the state of being male, female or an intersex variation which may complicate sex assignment), sex-based social structures (including gender roles and other social roles), or gender identity”. Richard Udry in “The Nature of Gender”.


      • madisonexpat says:

        No and no one “assigns gender” and it is not complicated or complicatable. It is Nature, it is immutable.


      • old baldy says:


        “It is Nature, it is immutable”.

        You better tell that to Mendel, Monsanto, and all the plant and animal breeders out there as they will surely disagree with you. You may have never eaten an agricultural crop that hasn’t been “mutated” to some degree.

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  4. Dave, not B says:

    The dems love the past. 1917, the year it all began for them. 1954 was their best year when they got Joe McCarthy censured in the Senate. And their blessed Mother Russia almost wiped us out in 1962. And then came 1989, when their beloved Berlin Wall came down and their ideology began its long slide into obscurity. How sad for them! Now only the idiots are trying to keep that failed experiment alive. I don’t understand why John Nichols didn’t move to Russia or Cuba or Venezuela. Maybe it is the lack of toilet paper.

    McCarthy was right. The State Department has been infiltrated by commies. Along with a whole host of other branches of government.


  5. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    If Soglin and Walker should face one another in the governor’s race, Walker, a vigorous 49, will come off like Captain America compared to the 72-year-old fossil from the Museum of Liberal Antiquities. I relish the prospect of Soglin explaining to the rest of the state, especially those deep-red counties that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, why they should elect a man who presides over a city that confers protected-class status on every bum, vagrant and misfit who decides to camp out on the sidewalks, that provides sanctuary to criminal illegal aliens, that witnesses daily incidents of violent crime,that routinely undercuts the efforts of law enforcement to deal with said crime, that has the highest cost of living in the state (despite its sanctimonious bleating about the evils of income inequality), that harbors the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and that looks down its collective nose at the ignorant yahoos whose votes he’s now courting.

    If the Democrats do nominate Soglin, they should complete the picture by nominating Fred Risser for Lieutenant Governor. After all, Paulie can only take us back to his heyday in the late 1960s, when clouds of teargas scented the streets of Madison. Fred can take us all the way back to when he and his fellow liberals were fulminating against the policies of Dwight Eisenhower. Madison’s forward-looking “progressives,” stuck in a time warp from several decades ago, make Walker and the Republicans look like the wave of the future.


  6. madisonexpat says:

    The Marxist (scientific Socialists) were thrown off when the masses rose against them. German Marxists then became the Green Party described as watermelons; green on the outside, red on the inside. The Greens “protect the planet” because the planet can’t tell them to take a hike. They are still totalitarian by nature and were recently rebuffed by our president telling them to bugger off and take their Paris Accord to Venezuela where they really need the paper.


  7. Dan B. says:

    Not a Soglin fan, but your description of him and Madison alongside references to Havana are not just old, they’re tired. Stale. Weak. Played. Madison remains the most exciting city in the state, most likely to birth the next Epic or American Family. This is a great city that does great things in terms of research, entrepreneurship, the arts and culture. There is no better locale to spend a week eating, drinking and learning in this state than Madison. And you benefit from it while constantly complaining about it (though one wonders if you’d actually be happier if the crime rate were higher as you’d have more fodder for the blog). The UW and those who left it to start businesses, nonprofits and rock bands deserve much more credit than Soglin would ever give them, but the city remains a great example of what this state can and should be more like. Walker, your guy, represents SUV-driving WOW counties where the primary pastime is complaining about liberals and eating fish fry.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Speaking of old, tired, stale and weak, how about the snipe at Wisconsinites too benighted to live in Madison in the last line of your post?


  8. old baldy says:

    Dan B:

    I have always puzzled as to why the squire hasn’t packed up his intolerance and moved to more suitable climes, like Sandpoint or Waco. Or even one of the WOW counties. Like you say, there probably wouldn’t be enough for him to complain about.


  9. coolkevs says:

    Madison will be the most exciting city in the state when its property bubble collapses because people can’t pay their $8000/year property taxes while also paying off their $100 K in student loans. Smart people really aren’t when it comes to the almighty dollar.


  10. madisonexpat says:

    What? They’re not going to cash in on the demand for Gender Studies?


  11. Madison Expat says:

    No kids, your loans will not be forgiven. Did you think a $25M slush fund at the UW and $150M at UC happen by themselves? If you like the government’s help with your credit rating – wait til it gives you free health care.
    Here endeth the lesson.


  12. may says:

    To Paul’s credit, he’s been pretty defiant towards the Commie Council’s worst ideas, and Madison is the fastest growing city in the entire Great Lakes region without getting “handouts”, so he actually does have something to run on. I’d want to see his platform, but I’d give him a chance.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Madison’s “growth” is and always has been the result of it’s being the state capital and home to the flagship campus of the UW System. Which is why for decades it’s billed itself as “recession-proof”–a term that no doubt endears it to the rest of the state. Of course to listen to Soglin and the other local boosters, being the epicenter of privilege and entitlement for the last 150 years has had no effect whatsoever on its growth–that’s purely the result of all those enlightened “progressive” policies. If Sheboygan or Oshkosh had been chosen as the state capital and home to the UW (with all those overpaid, cushy jobs protected by tenure and civil service) they’d be boasting about their economic clout. And being a voice of reason compared to the lefty loons on the City Council is no great accomplishment in my book.


  13. Balboa says:

    I am not a Soglin Fan; but he runs the city better than Swizzlestick and Sue Bauman. Too bad the council has been hijacked and remains hijacked by the elitist lefty loon balls. Remember the madison choo choo or the dairyland chicks.
    Support the police, build the damn jail, not waste 8 months for Doyle square BS. Build the Jail do not waste time on Police studies.
    Build a modern jail and rehab facility today. i do not care make it the most green building on the planet running on natural gas collected from the inmates butts.
    Soglin, has to look at the council and shake his head at their ineptitude.


  14. Madison Expat says:

    Madison is form over function.


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