Sad news from Charles Krauthammer

Love the man’s clear-eyed, unsentimental prose and his unblinking commentary on Bret Baier’s Special Report news program on Fox. Charles Krauthammer had a wicked sense of humor. He was a true conservative, critical of Trump (in stark contrast to orange-nosed Sean Trumpitty), and the smartest man in any room he entered. A renowned psychiatrist and Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator for the Washington Post. An intellectual heavyweight.

Whenever his name was announced on the “All-Star Panel,” the Lovely Lisa and Your Humble Squire would rise to our feet, raise hands heavenward and proclaim “CHARLES!” Absent for nearly a year, Brett Baier a week ago announced that Charles was on the mend. Now we learn that he has only weeks to live. “This is the final verdict; my fight is over.”

I espied the man in Cleveland at the National Republican Convention two summers ago and took this selfie.

[ NEW CONTENT: a golden oldie, Charles says “if you wanted Trump not to be president perhaps you should have persuaded  Hillary to go to Wisconsin, just once, if only for the cheese.” ]

Charles Krauthammer
As long as we are writing about great men, here is another reason people love Tommy Thompson. He does not forget his friends. We visited the memorial service last Saturday 06-02-18 for our old Dane County Board colleague Dave Wiganowsky. Here the governor poses with Dave’s wife Angie at their bar on Madison’s northeast side, Wiggy’s. Tommy T. was always a supporter of conservatives at the county board level; his own father had served in that capacity in Juneau County.


Tommy and Angie W

Tommy Thompson with Angie Wiganowski

Saw brother Mike-boy and Peg. Mike had always wanted a reunion of our conservative majority; Wiggy’s memorial was it, I guess. Saw Vern Wendt, Eric Gordon, Joan Weckmueller, Gail Rutkowski, Jim Campbell, Bob Salov (still serving), and Jerry Derr (the 38th member). Came late from a motorcycle ride up north, sure we missed others but those were the ones we saw. Many many others who were unfamiliar; the place was packed for a great guy, Dave Wignanowski. He was all heart.

Looking back, we’ve lost a lot of friends from those county board days: Lyman Anderson, Bill Hitzemann, Don Heiliger, Judy Wilcox, Dave Hanneman, Gene Kraft, Jack Moore, Kevin Kesterson among them. Time marches on.

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3 Responses to Sad news from Charles Krauthammer

  1. richard lesiak says:

    Even though I’m a card carrying Dem who still has a Bernie sticker on his car I really liked listening to CK. Always presented his conservative viewpoints without sounding like a raving nut-job. Hope he passes as painlessly as possible.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      Well put and decent of youse to say!

      One of the reasons we’re pals…

      The Gotch


  2. Paula Fitz says:

    I’m so sorry about your friend, David. I never met Mr. Krauthammer, but I loved hearing him express his views. And based on all the things I’ve heard and read about him, he seems like a decent human being. Which makes this news even sadder. Life is indeed short.


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