Tuesday night on MSNBC, will Rachel Maddow (pick one):
1) Cry? 2) Gloat? 3) Take up strong drink?
TONIGHT! Show the flag of common sense at a public safety meeting sponsored by Madison Ald. Paul Skidmore 6 p.m. today, Monday, November 5, at Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way (off Mineral Point Road west of Madison). Plenty of parking. Police Chief Mike Koval, the command staff of MPD’s west district , and Sheriff Dave Mahoney will be there. Awaiting word whether these invitees will attend: District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, juvenile court judges Everett Mitchell and Shelly Gaylord.
It is critical to show city leaders that public safety is the Job #1 of government.
Tuesday’s calendar here at Blaska Policy Werkes says something about an election. We hereby endorse all the characters you see on our masthead. You’re welcome.
A contributor to the New York Times today expresses what we have been feeling for a while now: Big Blue Wave washes away Republicans from D.C. to Madison? Giant repudiation of Democrats, their neo-socialism and Kavanaugh-style identity politics? Or an inconclusive mishmash where both sides declare victory then drown their sorrows in too much alcohol?
The answer is YES! If you think you know what’s going to Happen on Tuesday, you’re wrong, says Timothy Buskirk, a contributor to the failing New York Times.
“Republicans don’t want to go back to the Bush-McCain-Romney era any more than Democrats want to go back to Clintonism. And since the Kavanaugh hearings, Republicans are just as energized and united as Democrats. That means everything is up for grabs.”
What seems most likely is that we will get a split decision. As of now, Republicans are set up to increase their majority in the Senate, while Democrats have some advantages in the House. … If Democrats don’t do as well as they had hoped this year, they can trace much of it back to the Kavanaugh hearings.
Buskirk unearths a nugget we had not seen before: Donald Trump is actually more popular today than Barack Obama was at the 2010 midterm elections.
Blaska’s PIX to CLIX:
Wisconsin comes to its senses but Scott Walker wins by less than a percentage point ahead of Tony Evers and only with a plurality of the overall vote. Democrats go to court.
Leah Vukmir lands job in Walker cabinet. In south-west Wisconsin’s 17th Senate district, Democrat Kriss Marion defeats a good man in Howard Marklein. But Republicans André Jacque in the peninsula and James Bolen up north defeat Democrat incumbents to increase their Wisconsin Senate margin by one to 19-14.
The U.S. House of Reps flips Democrat but by a single vote. (And that vote ain’t the probation hold with an iron mustache.) Republicans and Democrats go to court. Litigation over several seats stretches into the new Congress, preventing some Reps from being seated.
The Senate picks up five Republicans: in Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, and Florida while hanging on to Nevada and Arizona. Florida and Georgia and — surprise! surprise! Oregon — elect Republican governors.
Democrats traumatized by 2016 …
Despite forecasts of a Democratic House takeover, liberals grappling with ‘PTSD’ are braced for another surprise election disaster.
“We’re kind of just in the bed-wetting phase now,” said Democratic pollster John Anzalone, a Hillary Clinton campaign alumnus
About the soft-on-terrorism crowd
Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances trembled with indignant outrage at the election and re-election of Bibi Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel. Netanyahu proved to the Arab world that he would not back down in defense of his country. Guess what? Israel is making friends in the Arab world in places like Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and Oman as they confront a common enemy: Barack Obama’s Iran.