WI Republicans got their faces slapped

Is Brookfield in yet?

Let the recriminations begin! Fingers, start pointing! Time to scorch some earth! Let’s all play the blame game after Tuesday’s crushing defeat. Because there’s plenty to go around.

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Our newest activist Justice

Not even close. Rebecca Dallet 56% to 44% for Michael Screnock in the state supreme court race. The unabashed, activist San Francisco-style liberal defeated, dispatched, destroyed the NRA-backed conservative in a state that, just 18 months ago, went for Donald Trump.

The special 10th District Senate race that flipped Democrat earlier this year was no fluke. It was, indeed, the canary in the coal mine. R.I.P. little canary.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. The wind is in their sails. Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances (for they ARE our …) are feeling the Bern. They’ve had a taste of blood and they are after Bigger Game.

Unless I am very mistaken, Scott Walker is confabbing with his tiny circle of advisers this very cold morning. Paul Ryan is updating his LinkedIn résumé. Democrats from San Francisco to Georgetown and Manhattan are writing checks with many zeroes.

Round up the usual suspects

Some Republican friends are blaming turnout. Indeed, bellweather Waukesha County gave Screnock a margin of a tad under 26,000 votes — nowhere near the 72,000-vote head of steam Dane County gave Dallet. Indeed, 43.5% [corrected] of those eligible voted in Dane County compared to a 21% average turnout statewide. The question is, why did the Right sit on its hands, if they did?

Complacency, perhaps? Things have been too good for too long?

Others are blaming the candidate. Mike Screnock was a little short on judicial experience compared to his opponent. I got to say, it does not help to be the NRA candidate in today’s environment, fair or unfair. That our candidate defended Act 10 in private practice tied him irrevocably to Walker.

It’s an old tactic: If you can’t beat your opponent, get a new opponent. Dallet turned Screnock into Scott Walker and Donald Trump. Neither is especially popular. The Squire gives Walker credit for pushing the envelope. But the old adage goes something like “friends come and go while enemies accumulate.”

[UPDATE: EVEN Walker’s pick for Waukesha County judge lost! (Story here.) ]

Walker is tethered to Donald Trump like a monkey to an organ grinder. What can we say about this President that we haven’t said before? Let’s just abbreviate to: Needlessly antagonistic. Gratuitously offensive. Off-putting. Folks, when you have to make excuses for your president, when you  retreat to “Bill Clinton was worse,” you have lost the argument.

Politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. Ronald Reagan and Tommy Thompson understood that. Trump does not.

Dane County put up Putin-like numbers

crazy-ladyDane County went 81% to 19% for Dallet, compared to 64% to 36% for Screnock in Waukesha County. And Dane County’s turnout was half-again larger.

Act 10 has irradiated the ground here in Dane County for what looks like a generation. The last two remaining reliable conservatives on the Dane County Board retired; they being Mike Willett and Ronn Ferrell. Both were first elected before Act 10, so voters were accustomed to them. Their would-be replacements, Jake Luginbuhl and Brent Renteria, lost to no-name Leftists big-time (64% to 36% and 68% to 32%, respectively).

Almost worse, Lukas Diaz is the new mayor of Verona. Diaz is Progressive Dane! An ally of Brenda Konkel!

The one bright spot from Tuesday’s spring election is very bright. Gloria Reyes emphasized school safety to unseat teachers union apologist Anna Moffit. Moffit was a prime motivator of the Cops out of the Schools push. Reyes, by contrast, is a former cop.

Reyes’ 53% to 47% victory makes it a three-fer: the cop bashers now have been defeated at the city council, county board, and Madison school board. And eight-term supv. Al Matano, who voted against a new jail, was defeated by Kelly Danner, who one day will be a state rep.

[UPDATE: Indeed, 2016 is shaping up to be the Year of the Identity-as-Female. Which may help Leah Vukmir defeat Tammy Baldwin this November. ]

As for your Squire? He’s going to run for state treasurer. $74 Grand for a do-nothing job? I’m your man!

Todays’ Bottom Line comes from Scott Walker, who warns there’s a “blue wave coming.” — The Daily Beast

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58 Responses to WI Republicans got their faces slapped

  1. Turd Ferguson says:

    Strange how the left somehow justified keeping the state treasurer who does absolutely nothing and has no check or balance on any portion of the government. Republicans better study Christine Taylor’s manifesto of what the democrats want to implement or some case reverse course completely or else we will be living in the liberal fascist “UTOPIA” where everyone is equal. Equally miserable that is!

    Good Luck we are going to need it. It is going to be wonderful it could be Camelot!

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  2. coolkevs says:

    Trump at 51% Rasmussen approval – might not be the albatross that people think he is – Obama approval in same poll at this point was 46% with the media flowering him with love. What happens if the North Korean problem is solved? Trump almost brought that PA guy over the finish line. Not yet convinced about muh blue wave.
    Screnock was a bad candidate and didn’t have enough chops and should have run ads about Dallet’s SF dalliance.
    I still think this will result in the most far left candidate winning the nomination to run against Walker in the fall. We’ll see what happens then, but I think Walker will look more moderate against that candidate and it’s all about the independents.

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  4. Sprocket says:

    It’s not hard to understand why Republican turnout was low. Nationally, the Republican establishment has been flipping the bird to it’s base for the past 12 months. It seems they haven’t figured out that Trump was a symptom of their voters figuring out they were being played. I think they’re in for a well deserved beating during the mid-terms.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      “…Trump was a symptom of their voters figuring out they were being played.”
      I gotta agree with Sprocket! Finally. The problem now is that they’re starting to figure out Trump is playing and embarrassing them, especially the (few) moderates and the independents that voted for him. Doom City for the mid terms.

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    • Batman says:

      “It’s not hard to understand why Republican turnout was low. Nationally, the Republican establishment has been flipping the bird to it’s base for the past 12 months. It seems they haven’t figured out that Trump was a symptom of their voters figuring out they were being played. I think they’re in for a well deserved beating during the mid-terms.”

      Terrific analysis Sprocket, and so few words.

      Trump sealed his fate by signing the Omnibus Bill. What a spineless p\/ssy.
      One begins to better understand how coups and violent revolutions occur in third world countries…

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  5. AnonyBob says:

    Gotta say, when the Squire gets it right, he gets it right.
    One quibble (of course there’s got to be something): I’m missing your point on the Vukmir/Baldwin race. Tammy does identify as a woman, you know.

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  6. Exit the Matrix says:

    Great analysis. I just heard you on Vicki’s show talking about the county-by-county results, which I cannot find anywhere. Please post a link if you can. Thank you!

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  7. dad29 says:

    What can we say about this President that we haven’t said before? Let’s just abbreviate to: Needlessly antagonistic. Gratuitously offensive. Off-putting.

    And more successful at moving his agenda than ANY Pubbie President in the last 150 years or so. LIncoln was also successful, of course, but he used different methods.

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    • old baldy says:

      Still have the ACA, no wall, no infrastructure, didn’t hire the best and smartest, etc. Not much credibility there, dad.

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      • dad29 says:

        Yah, well, we still have Dept of Education, EPA, and HUD–not to mention Federal support of railroads, farmers, and Planned Abortion. May take another 6 months.

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      • old baldy says:

        Congrats, dad, you just proved your original claim to be false. You flip-flop as much as the POTUS.

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    • David Blaska says:

      I actually agree. But Trump still energized his enemies needlessly.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      I recently watched Speilberg’s Lincoln. I was struck by the fake news, the hatred directed against him and an obstructive congress full of crap weasels. Washington hasn’t changed a bit.

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  8. madisonexpat says:

    The Stupid Party could win it all but would rather lose and blame Trump. Paul Rino used to believe in a balanced budget and after becoming Speaker he no longer even believes in a budget. Paul and the donor class want open borders, deficits as far as the eye can see and more government. How is congressional approval? Why?
    Republicans have worked hard to earn my disdain.

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    • Sprocket says:

      Agreed. If nothing else this presents an impetus for the Republicans to evolve. Though in all likelihood they’ll manage to screw it up. They seem to be focused on running out the clock on Trump so they can return to mouthing platitudes and cashing checks.

      It’s somewhat surprising to me that, even after Bernie got shanked by the DNC, the Democrats still think their party isn’t also run by self serving elites.

      The question is, who can tap into the sentiment that gave rise to Trump in an effective manner? Because it isn’t going away and is likely even stronger now that it’s clear the Republicans are shafting them again. It seems there’s a opportunity for a conservative that embraces the left’s call for an identity driven knife fight. The left doesn’t realize it, but they got lucky with Trump. Next time they may get someone who’s actually dangerous.

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    • Batman says:

      Expat says: “The Stupid Party could win it all but would rather lose and blame Trump. Paul Rino used to believe in a balanced budget and after becoming Speaker he no longer even believes in a budget. Paul and the donor class want open borders, deficits as far as the eye can see and more government. How is congressional approval? Why?
      Republicans have worked hard to earn my disdain.”

      Nicely put-

      Trump is playing his role in the BIG political picture. His drain-the-swamp theme aroused expectations. As those expectations are betrayed; the breadth and depth of Washington corruption is further highlighted.
      Never would have happened with Hilldog. She would have delayed the inevitable.

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  9. AnonyBob says:

    “The stupid party” has no hope of winning much of anything under President Chaos and they sealed their electoral fate by embracing his inept, offensive craziness. He’s single-handily turning WI and other states back to a blue state. Ryan has always been a fraud, but True Believers like Splat refuse to place the blame for the upcoming disaster where it so obviously belongs. “A pox on both your houses!” Splat cries, self-righteously and self-indulgently, taking no responsibility for the damage this country is enduring.

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  10. madisonexpat says:

    Who turned Wisconsin red ABob?

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Which is it, Splat? Are you a Republican supporter or not? There’s really only a binary choice in this country, GOP or Dem. Libertarian, Green, whatever, are useless. “Being above it all” is a cop out.

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  11. madisonexpat says:

    Answer my question and I’ll answer yours.
    This is getting interesting.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      I’m not clear on what you’re asking me here, Splat. It’s been kind of a long, sorry slide to GOP sub-mediocrity for the state. Does it go back to legislative majorities flipping, starting in 1994? Was it Doyle not supporting other Dems before bowing out to Walker? Was it the outrageous, blatant gerrymandering by the GOP? What’s the answer you’re trying to get from me? I don’t really need an answer from you because I don’t really care what you consider yourself to be. I just don’t respect extreme partisans who pretend they’re above partisanship. It’s dishonest.

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  12. madisonexpat says:

    Of course I’m partisan. I am pro conservative, for individual liberty, anti incumbency for its own sake. I look for competence and accountability. I don’t vote for either evil… greater or lesser. I don’t vote for party. I really like the Tea Party as it is not a party yet. I’m not only not above it all, I like my trench and my general. He’s having a helluva rookie year.

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    • old baldy says:

      splat:

      As has been pointed out numerous times, how is your rookie having a great year?
      ACA still here
      no wall
      no infra structure improvements
      Mueller still around and getting guilty pleas
      Best an brightest staff fleeing or fired at an alarming rate
      Can’t/won’t work with his own party
      Stormy Daniels

      or are we talking about a different rookie?

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      • dad29 says:

        Best an brightest staff fleeing or fired at an alarming rate
        Alarming to you and the Shirleys in the Press, Shirley.
        Funny. You’re the first troll named Shirley that I’ve run across.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        OB cites a porn star on her “Make America Horny” tour as evidence of his insight, analysis and perspicacity.
        No one is surprised.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        She has more credibility than Trump.

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    • old baldy says:

      splat:
      So Stormy Daniels is evidence of the great rookie year your guy is having? Or are you just jealous? What I find hilarious is all the alleged “christians” with their “family values” that can still support the current occupant.

      dad:
      Try again, use cogent thought.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        OB, whose tax rate are you gonna pay? OBama’s or Trump’s?
        Thought so.

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      • old baldy says:

        If that tax “reform” is so good, why does mine expire, and the Koch boys is permanent? Offer us all a reasonable explanation.

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      • Batman is generous says:

        Ease up I on the condemning judgement baldo.
        Ms. Daniels is just trying to make her way in the world.
        Batman has provided refuge in the Batcave, and finds her to be pleasant company…

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      • Batman says:

        baldo writes: “What I find hilarious is all the alleged “christians” with their “family values” that can still support the current occupant.”

        If you think a Saint will ever run for President you are mistaken.
        Christians forgive Trump’ character defects, and you for mocking them.
        Forgiveness is a central concept and practice of Christ’ teaching.
        Remember; Hilldog was the alternative.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Oh. My. God. A saint will never run for President, so Trump is OK?
        This is so sad, even, dare I say, deplorable. The “Christians” forgiving ”two Corinthians walk in a bar” Trump are the worst hypocrites ever. They demonstrate why they themselves need forgiveness. You think Trump sees the need to ask god for forgiveness? He’s already openly said he doesn’t. “But we are all sinners,” they’ll say. Well yeah, some of you more so than than the rest of us. Ain’t nothin’ Christian about Trump. The things you’ll overlook to get a Supreme Court justice…such hypocrites.

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  13. madisonexpat says:

    Only to the consumers of fake news.
    Meep meep.

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  14. richard lesiak says:

    The gop, wmc, etc just didn’t spend enough money. 2.8 million? Cheapskates!!! Get your check-books out boys and girls. MORE MONEY!!!! Get those donors on the phone, more fund raising dinners. Spend all your money. Two special elections coming up and I expect the gop to spend at least 10 million. If not; they are pinching pennies.

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    • Batman says:

      Hey Ritchie; that was really deep…

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      • richard lesiak says:

        As deep as the “blue wave” that’s going to wash over the Goobers On Parade. Walker got handed a defeat and the first thing out of his mouth is more “fund raising.” Just maybe the people are sick and tired of these gerrymandering, election denying, lying dirtballs that are sucking the life out of our state. The message; no amount of money, dark or otherwise, is going to save the gop this fall. Sit back and watch the show Batgirl; it’s going to be fun.

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  15. madisonexpat says:

    This has been a fun discussion. ABob is apparently running for Dem Super Delegate but cannot come up with a positive reason to vote Dem. O’ Ballsy is citing a porn star, ‘I only admire her for her um, opinions.’
    Washington Party is in for many surprises and the Left is stuck on the day after Trump was elected president.
    Give ’em hell, Donald!

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  16. madisonexpat says:

    This got even better with a Sunday morning sermon on Christian forgiveness by Deacon ABob.

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