Democrats should blame Mark Pocan, not the Koch Brothers

In Wisconsin’s fall they’ve sinned all.

If our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances ever overcome their obsession with convuluted conspiracy theories they might actually get somewhere at the ballot box.

Which is unlikely, now that the Madison Common Council has banned conversion therapy.

Fall of WIOur acquaintances are all a-twitter over a new book titled “The Fall of Wisconsin: “The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”

Written by the son of a UW professor named Dan Kaufman, its pages are haunted by various Koch Brothers, Beloit beneficiary Diane Hendricks, the Bradley Foundation, American Legislative Exchange Council, the Federalist Society, Citizens United, and other horsemen of the Democrat(ic) apocalypse. 

These Daddy Warbucks types are pulling the strings of “opportunistic politicians who have done their bidding,” as Progressive magazine editor Bill Lueders calls them in his book review, published in Isthmus. Without such benefactors, Lueders apparently believes, Governor Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan otherwise would be singing Woody Guthrie with the Solidarity Singers.

Scads and scads of the dark stuff

How else to explain Donald Trump in a state that once voted Fighting Bob La Follette for president? The game is rigged!

“With scads of untraceable dark money, outrageous gerrymandering, draconian voter identification laws to suppress voter turnout [aka: free I.D. cards], and so on,” cries Paul Fanlund, editor of Your Progressive Voice (the corporation that speaks as if it were a person).

Two fallacies in this theory. The first is that the voters of Wisconsin are easily bamboozled, which speaks to the Left’s insufferable arrogance.

The second is gerrymandering. The U.S. Supreme Court seems not to agree. In any event, gerrymandering does not explain statewide victories: Scott Walker over Tom Barrett (twice!) and Mary Burke, Ron Johnson over Russ Feingold (twice!), and Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Wisconsin’s boundaries are the same today as in 1924.

Wisconsin is very nice in the fall

Author Kaufman’s final conceit is that resurgent Republicans have turned once elysian Wisconsin into a smoking garbage pit, albeit with beer and bratwursts. It is a case that a gaggle of Democrats challenging Walker are attempting to make in the current campaign.

This is where former Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes proves that he retains some conservative chops. Charlie takes on Kaufman’s book on the pages of National Review.

How awful — except that … it’s quite nice here … Despite [Kaufman’s] depiction of Wisconsin as a reactionary hellhole, the unemployment rate here is 2.%, well below the national average; both the labor force and wages are growing; everyone in poverty is covered under Medicaid; the state has the ninth-best high-school-graduation rate in the country, and school spending is on the rise; and the state’s GDP has grown faster than that of neighboring Minnesota.

The big hissy fit of 2011

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Act 10 protesters outside the State Capitol 2011

The bleeding heart of Fall of Wisconsin is the Left’s meltdown over Act 10 — that draconian legislation that required government employees to contribute to their own generous pensions and pay a little something for top-drawer health insurance and to quit negotiating policy. As if Simon Legree was president of the local school board.

For a few heady months during the takeover of the state capitol, it appeared that the citoyens had stormed the Bastille (it is July 14) and would cart Scott and Becky to the guillotine. 

Sykes writes that Kaufman’s account of the mass protests “is nothing if not romantic, . … Reading Kaufman’s book, one would have no idea that in fact the protests backfired by alienating voters across the state” thanks to the death threats, disruption of the Special Olympics ceremony, Segway Jeremy and other unbalanced characters. 

And that, friends and acquaintances, is what ails the Democrat(ic) party. It has gone from Gaylord Nelson and Patrick Lucey to Hippie Bongstocking and Segway Boy. From open primaries to the war on cops. From pure food and drugs to identity politics.

Some of the Democrats challenging Walker want to release fully half the felons from Wisconsin prisons, a proposal A.G. Brad Schimel called “irresponsible.”

You want crazy?

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Donald Trump cannot hand the immigration issue to Democrats — they won’t let him. They’re for completely open borders! How else to parse Mark Pocan’s bill? The Dane County liberal wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement! (Politico is reporting that congressional Republicans are eager to put it to a vote to squeeze Pocan’s colleagues.)

“It’s the craziest position I’ve ever seen,” Speaker Ryan said. “They’re tripping over themselves to move too far to the left. They’re out of the mainstream of America. And that’s one of the reasons why I feel very good about this fall.”

Perhaps the worst thing to happen to the party of my youth was last month’s primary election upset in New York by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Venezuelan-styled socialist.

“Some members of our party, I fear, are instead taking the easy road, and proposing ideas that might sound great in a tweet, like free college, and free health care,” Sen. Chris Coons, Democrat from Delaware warned, as quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal.

“If the next two years is just a race to offer increasingly unrealistic proposals, to rally just those who are already with us, our strongest supporters, it’ll be difficult for us to make a credible case we should be allowed to govern again,” he warned.

Blaska’s Bottom LineGo ahead, blame the Koch Brothers. Works for me.

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60 Responses to Democrats should blame Mark Pocan, not the Koch Brothers

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ”last month’s primary election upset in New York by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Venezuelan-styled socialist.”

    Looks like Crowley will still be on the ballot against AO-C, whose humble Socialist cred is wilting like August lettuce on Rachel Dolezal’s plate.

    NY Times Whines About Election Laws Hindering Their Favorite Young Socialist

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/33049/ny-times-whines-about-election-laws-hindering-hank-berrien

    You’d think if the NYT were to be concerned with anything RED, it would be the color ink it’s hemorrhaging ($58 million net loss for Q-4/2017)

    The Future Of The democrat Party fomenting Lefty-on-Lefty porn? I’m diggin’ it!

    The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Ruh roh! Looks like Lefty’s new BFF is an effin’ idiot, in addition to being a liar.

      Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 @RealSaavedra
      Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks Israel, calls them the occupiers of Palestine.
      When pressed on what she meant she struggled to give an answer and then admitted she does not know what she is talking about.

      An idiot AND a liar; small wonder she’s the Future Of The democrat Party, am I right?

      The Gotch

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  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Congressman Pokemon was just doing what the Left does best: performance art (for a more recent example, see the anti-Trump demonstrations in London, which looked more like a street fair in Berkeley than any kind of serious political protest. Some of those people must have spend days making their Trump-in-a-diaper mannequins, all in hopes of getting featured on TV). As for proposing the abolition of ICE, that noxious little toad knew all to well it would never see the light of day in Congress but would deliver his 15 minutes of fame–and in this case, it lasted exactly that long–while titillating his base: upper-middle class white liberals in Madison.

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    • Batman says:

      GLK, regarding Congressman Pokemon:
      Your animus towards that “noxious little toad” oozes frequently.
      Not a fan; don’t know much about him. Is a sincere question of curiosity.
      Thanks

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  3. Paula Fitz says:

    Ryan nailed it. The Dems have most definitely alienated this moderate; thing is, I’m not sure they really care. The crazier they become, the more apt I’m willing to listen to what the Republicans have to say.

    “It’s the craziest position I’ve ever seen,” Speaker Ryan said. “They’re tripping over themselves to move too far to the left. They’re out of the mainstream of America. And that’s one of the reasons why I feel very good about this fall.”

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  4. dad29 says:

    From pure food and drugs to identity politics.

    ….and illegal drugs. At least “drugs” is a constant.

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  5. richard lesiak says:

    I would rather have a blue wave than a red tide.

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  6. John Marx says:

    Happy birthday and have a good year.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

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  7. Sprocket says:

    Whenever Democrats emit high pitched squealing noises about conspiracy and election rigging, it’s helpful to remember that these are the same assholes that are trying to import tens of millions of foreigners and buy their votes with citizenship.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Kind of like trump’s sales pitch; buy a condo get a green card free.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Sprocks: another white guy raging at the conspiracy of his changing world. “It’s those damn Dems and all their browns!”

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @AnonyBob;

        “ ‘It’s those damn Dems and all their browns!’ ”

        Do tell!

        Does this account for wannabe Browns like Rachel Dolezal & Shaun King, et al, wannabe Reds like Elizabeth “Lieawatha/Fauxchahontas” Warren & disgraced ex-Professor/intellectual property thief Ward Churchill, et al, and White Hispanics like George Zimmerman?

        Seems all the wannabes are Lefties, am I right?

        What will youse be identifying as today, youse going to follow yer muse or spin the VictimHoodie wheel and take the luck of the draw?

        Ah Lefty; so MUCH imbecility, so little time!

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          WANNABES? Like drumf wanting to be a pinko, commie, turncoat. “I love you Vlad”!!!!! kissy kissy. “Un, your my favorite commie. Love your labor camps. To all my conservative-regressive-commieloving-reactionary acquaintances…..TRUMP IS A TRAITOR.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          “imbecility”? making up words now or did you read that trumps people came out against breast feeding.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          When yer right, yer RIGHT! The Donald needs to go on Bowing Tour.

          Think he can blowup the ME any more than Hopey Changey/Hillarity/Lurch Kerry?

          Me either.

          “ ‘imbecility’? making up words now”

          https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/imbecility

          ”Imbecility is from the Latin imbecillitatem, meaning ‘weakness, feebleness.’ If you are feeble of mind or weak on intellect and act accordingly, that is imbecility.”

          @richard lesiak is a synonym.

          The Gotch

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Its all race all the time for some progressives.

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      • Batman says:

        annoyingbob: “Sprocks: another white guy raging at the conspiracy of his changing world. ‘It’s those damn Dems and all their browns!'”

        bobo hard at work to surpass baby richie as biggest troll on this board.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Oddly enough, no one has ever said those words outside ABob’s fevered imagination. He needs a better dog whistle interpreter.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Let the guilty pleas and indictments roll on. MUELLER FOR PRESIDENT

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  8. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    I’ve little doubt Kaufman’s fiction offering will soon be as…um…affordable as James Carville’s hilarious screed 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.

    The Gotch

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Surely one of Carville’s parents must have been a gila monster. Two normal human beings couldn’t have produced an offspring that reptilian. Still,, he was only off by 36 years–a respectable effort compared to all those smug leftie pundits and pollsters who confidently predicted a landslide for Hillary. Aren’t they the same ones forecasting a “blue wave” for Dems in the mid-terms? Methinks they’ve been spending too much time watching their toilets flush.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Gary L. Kriewald;

        “Surely one of Carville’s parents must have been a gila monster. Two normal human beings couldn’t have produced an offspring that reptilian.”

        You don’t say?

        The Gotch

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  9. Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

    And now California Democrats have decided that Di Fi is not sufficiently radical to be their Senator. This is how Democrats “move to the center.”

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  10. madisonexpat says:

    Now Pocan will vote against his own law. Blue Wave Baldwin is still gobbling some kind of message, Mo Money Cheeks on deck. Attaboy Mad Town.
    Nationally the Dems are having some sort of breakdown. Dinosaur Joe Crowley who must’ve hired Robbie Mook becuse his numbers showed him up 30 points over the Commie. The wheels have fallen off the Burton Machine in SF/Sacramento as 85 year old DiFi D Pacific Heights and DC, does NOT get her party’s endorsement versus the La Raza guy.
    Mad Maxine fires up the Far Left to abolish ICE.
    Trump! You Magnificent Iconoclast!

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Amen, brother. Amen! The far-left Dems have become a parody of themselves What do you call the realm beyond parody? Meta-parody, maybe? Whatever it is, the vast majority of voters won’t be following them there come November (except, of course, for the coastal elites and their brethren in affluent little college towns who have never once set foot outside their alternate reality).

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  11. AnonyBob says:

    “…Charlie Sykes proves that he retains some conservative chops…” by the usual misleading use of statistics:
    9th highest graduation rate in the country? Well, that’s down from where it was just a couple years ago when we were 3rd.
    School spending on the rise? Well of course, where could it go after years of draconian cuts (especially now with a governor’s race to win)?
    Jobs and wages are growing? Again, well of course, what else could they do after years of Walker stagnation?
    Everyone in poverty is covered by Medicaid? Thanks to the work of the previous Dem administration.
    State’s GDP has grown faster than MInnesota’s? When you start from so far behind, any forward motion gives you a better RATE of increase.
    Charlie demonstrates once again how adept he is at pleasing benefactors. From conservative talk radio, to MSNBC never-Trumper, back to the National Review, Charlie reminds me of a skilled practitioner of the oldest profession.

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    • dad29 says:

      Yah, Yah, Yah. Whine, bitch, moan,m and groan.

      Got anything useful to add?

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Oh, so you dispute nothing I said.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          They try to dispute the truth, but end up flipping themselves inside out. So far this year 54 farms went out of business. Cranberry growers and cheese makers are hurting because of drumjp’s trade war. The new Goobers On Parade slogan better off now” is a joke.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        I DO I DO!!! where are the babies?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “where are the babies?”

          Ask former Cager-in-Chief Hopey Changey, he should know.

          But take off yer knee-pads first, they compromise yer already feverishly impacted cognition.

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Typical goootchie; to painful for him to live in the present. Just like his golden idol it’s always someone else’s fault. Obama did it, Hillary did it, Ike did it Look what Grant did. Maybe you should tell trump to take off his knee-pads when talking to Putin.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      I wonder if walker is going to throw a farewell party for HD.

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  12. madisonexpat says:

    ABob, I never introduce race….. you do every damn time you lose a straight up dispute.
    Which is all too frequent.
    Hence, “Hi ABob, RAY-cism.”

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  13. Batman says:

    bobo wrote: “I believe commenting on another’s comment doesn’t qualify as trolling.”
    Yes it can.

    Where exactly did you get the quote below; not finding on this thread.
    And what is your purpose for reposting?

    Sprocks: “another white guy raging at the conspiracy of his changing world. ‘It’s those damn Dems and all their browns!’”

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Browns are only part of the gop problem. Don’t exclude the yellows, reds, blacks and those pesky rainbows.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Thems all different shades of brown…well, except for the rainbows. They could be, and are, anything.

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        • Batman says:

          “Browns are only part of the gop problem. Don’t exclude the yellows, reds, blacks and those pesky rainbows.”
          “Thems all different shades of brown…well, except for the rainbows. They could be, and are, anything.”

          Never about skin color until our two resident trolls insert here, indicating what they dwell upon all day. That and their seething hatred for all the deplorables.

          What you have against rainbows.
          Rainbows are cool.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Keep up, Batty! That’s MY commenting on another’s commenting.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      I just figured out Batty’s confusion on my “It’s those damn Dems and all their browns!” He thought I was reposting a quote of Sprock’s, and couldn’t find it. Hilarious! I’ll type this slowly, so you can follow along, Bats. Those quotation marks signified I was satirizing his comments by summarizing them while “speaking” in his voice. It’s a not too uncommon convention. Try to keep up!

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  14. Batman says:

    “It’s racist-baiting, not race-baiting.”

    Good example of why you are known in these parts as weaselbob.

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