I’m Paul Soglin, if you know what’s good for you

I like Paul Soglin, not that he would care. He is irascible — and that’s if you are his friend! Brother Mike-boy, at the time chairman of the Dane County Board, recounts the administrator of the county health and social needs department running after the mayor as he stalked away in anger.


A supper club kind of guy

“Wait, Paul, we’ve got money for you,” Helene Nelson pleaded. She was waving a check but Soglin was winning the foot race.

For some reason, your Squire likes curmudgeons. (Just once he wishes that Mike Pence would get huffy with The Donald — turn that beatific smile to a Sid Vicious snarl.)

Which explains why Paul Soglin is at odds with the city council. Not over policy but personality. He does not practice the diplomatic arts. Suffers fools not gladly and you, sir or madame, are a fool. That and about half the alders believe they should be mayor, instead. Which is why Mark Clear is spearheading the Mo Cheeks for Mayor campaign. Paul’s campaign bedside manners: chilly with a chance of meatballs.

But Paul Soglin knows city government (and doesn’t he know it!) Comrade Nichols might even call Hizzonner a policy wonk. Paul is on the right side of More Police. Better yet for the political junkie, Paul Soglin adds some Chalupa sauce to the governor’s race that, to this point, was 17 shades of bland on the Democrats’ side. (And we’re not forgetting Cross Plains Woman.) On the campaign trail, he’ll make the rubble bounce.

As Walter White would say, “Let’s cook!”

But Soglin has an achilles heel the size of a Percheron. It’s not so much Fidel Castro. To some extent, Voters Of a Certain Age will chalk that up to the 1960s: great music, fantastic drugs, weird politics. The millennials will wonder why the fuss. A far-away galaxy. Cold war. Richard Nixon. J. Edgar Hoover.

Madison’s big middle finger

The Act 10 intifada of 2011, however, remains fresh and relevant. Soglin actually camped out in the Capitol during the takeover. Did sleeping bags with Thistle, Segway Boy, and Crying Man.

Disruption of the Special Olympics ceremony. Shutting down the M&I bank on the Capitol Square. Ed Schultz’s head exploding on MSNBC live from Monona Terrace. The world’s biggest hissy fit. Paul may not have participated in any of those act-ups, but neither did he denounce them.


An Act 10 protestor sends a message to Wisconsin

The Act 10 emasculation of public sector unions remains a suppurating sore with bitter enders in the teachers union and AFSCME. But Tony Evers and Mahlon Mitchell have their votes. The Bernie Sanders voters will go with Kathleen Vinehout or Mike McCabe.

In the general election, there’s a reason Tom Barrett and Mary Burke stayed the hell away from the issue. Act 10 is popular with voters outside Madison and with most school board members, who are the opinion leaders in places like Endeavor and Crivitz. Schools and municipalities saved something like $5 Billion (with a B) in the first five years of Act 10 and, guess what? Kids are still learning their alphabets. (Revenue caps, not so popular, but Walker is now offering relief to the smaller districts.)

Yes, Walker will run against Madison — the know-it-all at the party. The Problem Of White People for academic credit. Virtue signaling for fun and profit. Quaffing  chardonnay at trendy boîtes and sending the tab to mill workers in the valley.

What else you got?

Soglin will claim that Foxconn is a black hole that will burn through the earth’s crust but it won’t have imploded by November 2018. Walker will speak the name of the Democrats’ former Assembly leader. Peter Barca voted for Foxconn.

Taxes? The City of Madison increased its bite on the Stately Manor by 8.3%. Property taxes statewide are lower than when Doyle was governor.

Jobs? Yes, Madison is a house afire. Construction cranes pierce the skyline. Soglin is entitled to take some credit. But that is Walker’s ace card: Wisconsin led the Midwest in job growth over the last year. Our unemployment rate of 3.2% is much better than the nation’s 4.1%. The State is advertising to bring workers IN to Wisconsin. University tuition, frozen five straight years.

On the other hand, only Paul Soglin is making Madison more digitally inclusive.


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17 Responses to I’m Paul Soglin, if you know what’s good for you

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Soglin: “We are the ones that are making (Walker) look good, and he’d better say ‘thank you,’ ”

    Are you effin’ kidding me??

    That is breathtakingly out-of-touch, staggeringly hubristic arrogance!

    ‘Course, Madison/Dane County career Lefties will slurp it up. Why, because they’re marinating in a clueless quagmire, redolent with the stench of desperation.

    To paraphrase Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise in “Risky Business”): “Because WI voters can smell arrogance… like dog shit.”

    I anxiously await his Hopey Changeyesque moment:

    “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”

    The Gotch


  2. Educated in all the right ways says:


    “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

    MUH President!


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Could be I’m a racist; I commonly, and accurately, refer to Chicago, St. Louis, et al, as democrat shitholes.

      OTOH, SanFranNan is NOT a racist:

      “ ‘The five white guys I call them, you know, Pelosi said, referring to five bipartisan lawmakers, including Hoyer, leading efforts to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. All five of the lawmakers are white.

      “ ‘Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?’ she said, referring to the popular fast food restaurant ‘Five Guys.’ ”

      Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

      The Gotch


  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    I wonder who in Soglin’s nascent campaign dreamed up the whole “supper club” theme. Soglin would be as much at home in a supper club in northern Wisconsin as an upstate Trump voter would be in … well, anywhere in Madison. Here are some questions I hope folks “up there” ask him while he’s choking down his (non-gluten free) fish fry:

    1) Is Fidel Castro as handsome and dashing in person as he is photos?
    2) Why is the cost of living in Madison astronomical compared to anywhere else in the state?
    3) How did it feel to desecrate a cemetery dedicated to POWs?
    4) How did Madison become the Midwest’s mecca for alcoholics, drug addicts, paranoid schizophrenics, and criminals (i.e., the homeless)?
    5) What is it about Madison that makes the Freedom from Religion Foundation feel so at home there?

    Feel free to add to the list.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @ Gary L. Kriewald;

      “Soglin would be as much at home in a supper club in northern Wisconsin”

      It wouldn’t even have to be Up Dere, though I prefer Iron County, “Where Hwy 51 Ends And The Fun Begins.”

      Hizzoner would stack the deck as far as venues would go: LaCrosse, Superior, Stevens Point, Platteville, college towns where Hillarity did well.

      Can you imagine him going to places he couldn’t even find on a map, like Five Points, Four Corners, Three Lakes, Two Rivers, or One-ida?

      I’d spot him Oconomowoc, but do you think he can correctly pronounce Butte Des Morts, Chequamegon, La Courte Oreilles, Ashwaubenon. Shawano, or Gratiot?

      He’s as WISCONSIN as Six Flags.

      The Gotch


  4. madisonexpat says:

    I cruised past the north coast of Cuba last week. Lots of beaches, mountains and verdant forest yet it is forbidden to leave. Many have risked and lost family to get out of what could accurately called a craphole in terms of quality of life.
    How could this happen to a tropical paradise?
    Socialisme o muerte. Thanks Fidel. Too bad small Paul didn’t stay. He could’ve lived his (and Bernie’s) dream.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


      On the subject of your less-than-flattering reference to Castro & Cuba; add a little dash of Colin Kaepernick, and Bi-Polar bare bitchslapping to taste, and we have an intriguing, if tangential, indictment of Lefty Paradise.

      Interesting back-story about why the Miami Dolphins passed him over (and this is where it gets good!) in favor of the inimitable Cryin’ Jay Cutler.


      C’mon; the Fish prefer to haul Cryin’ Jay, noted PRICK extraordinaire and future inductee to the Green Bay Packer HOF, (based on a nearly perfect record against them as a Midget-of-the-Midway) off the scrap heap? That’s gotta sting!

      With personal experience to back it up, Salguero really nails CK’s keester to the floorboards, and Kaepernick wasn’t/isn’t verbally or intellectually dexterous enough to duck-n-parry.

      The Gotch


  5. richard lesiak says:

    8 responses and 4 are from Gotch. I’m starting to think Dave is really the Gotch.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Dave is much more focused and succinct.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


        “Dave is much more focused and succinct.”

        Ben Quick would say “yer a tremendous judge of character.”

        Speaking of which, channel yer inner Charles Barkley: character? you have none.

        You think you do though, am I right?

        The Gotch


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      ”I’m starting to think Dave is really the Gotch.”

      No need to insult the Squire.

      Me? I’m just riffin’ on spec and hoping for an internship.

      The Gotch


      • richard lesiak says:

        Internship? Walker’s got 7 mil on the table trying to get people to move here. You could wander around Madison, shoot some video of our great city and sell them to the state. Combine that with all the other money from tourism groups, chamber groups, etc you could have a good gig going. Who would have thought that a cash strapped state could find a few million laying around for that. Anyway; hope you get your internship and if not; as one HR ofice told me when I asked for a raise, “good luck on your future job search.”


  6. So now the anti-Walker propaganda bull shit starts to surface from mouth of Soglin.

    So how far into the gutter left do you think Soglin will put his platform to distance himself from Walker; I’m guessing the lunatic Pelosi style of California wingnut.


  7. madisonexpat says:

    Mayor Soglin which development model is better, Foxxconn or Solynfra?


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