We lost and we will conduct ourselves with honor because we are Republicans

Funny thing about us Wisconsin Republicans. We respect the democratic process. 

We campaigned hard, we made our arguments and we prayed for the best. The  votes were counted; we lost the key statewide races. That’s how it works in a democratic republic. Sometimes you win; this time we lost. We will abide by the will of the people and try to figure what went wrong as we  prepare for the next election.

state-capitol.jpgMost of us went to work this morning as usual. Fed the kids their dinner,  helped with their homework, and paid the bills. We retirees raked the leaves, did our civic volunteer work, and fixed that leaking faucet. Maybe poured a glass of wine.

We won’t blame ballot security measures, redistricting, campaign finance laws, Tom Steyer, George Soros, Rachel Maddow or Big Bird.

We got a new governor here in Wisconsin named Tony Evers. Tammy Baldwin is still U.S. Senator. A damn good attorney general went down. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco looks to be speaker of the House of Reps to replace Paul Ryan of Janesville.

We will not attend their inaugurations in order to disrupt the proceedings. We’ll just stay home. We won’t occupy the state capitol, heckle their speakers, shout epithets, draw swastikas on their photographs, spit at their supporters, or hassle them at restaurants. No sad songs sung noons in the Capitol rotunda.

We wear baseball caps or farm seed caps instead of those funny pink unmentionable hats. No chanting allowed.

We don’t smash windows, spray graffiti, or cry Racism (reverse or otherwise). We pick up after ourselves. We thank the police officer as we pass. The world is not ending. (It’s more like Pause mode.) 

We don’t call our political opponents deplorable, nor do we mock their religious faith. Because we are Wisconsin Republicans and we have our pride.


About David Blaska

Madison WI
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44 Responses to We lost and we will conduct ourselves with honor because we are Republicans

  1. Al Breunig says:




  2. Tom Paine says:

    Honor? OMG, Walker was a boy scout. —and with the best economy in 5 DECADES. No matter. Statistics and honor are for losers.
    Dim’s own the future.


    • Paula Fitz says:

      Sadly, you can be a complete screwup and moron and still win. It’s not about accomplishments or character anymore; it’s about public perception. And where does the public get its ideas from? The news and social media; and we know how that goes.


  3. Dan B. says:

    This is quite a myopic view of Republicans. Get out much?



    You pretentious snob…………..Blaska………..Wisconsin Republicans have done all the things you imply are part of the Democrat agenda and actions………………………..cheap shot……………..you protest a bit too much…………………your suggested level of honor and integrity of Wisconsin Rep
    is overstated……………………

    Don Schultz


  5. Paula Fitz says:

    Very gracious, David. I do think, however, Republicans could stand to learn something from this. They didn’t fight hard enough. They needed to show people just how radical the Dems have become, but they took the high road instead. Nice to tout achievements, but we have Dems defending Antifa (or staying silent when asked to disavow them) for heaven’s sake – and people needed to see that!


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Amen, sister. Amen. Walker’s campaign should have hammered home the idea that Evers is just a skinny, bespectacled version of Jim Doyle–i.e., a tax-and-spend Madison liberal. Thankfully, as our host points out, his hands will be pretty much tied by the Republicans in the Legislature, where Madison liberals will remain as impotent as they have been for the last 8 years–Praise Jesus!.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Bill Everley says:

    Can you say that with a straight face, because your dear leader of the Repubelickkkan Party is Donald Trump, a man who has exactly ZERO HONOR….buck up, it’s gonna be a long hard ride.


  7. old baldy says:

    “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t treat people that way.” d.j. trump 11-7-18

    I’ll believe there are honorable republicans when one stands up to him.


  8. Batman says:

    Another Antifa fanboy. That’s helpful.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Paula Fitz says:

    The Resistance. Antifa. Politicians refusing to disavow Antifa and defending them. Mobs. Harassing elected officials during their private time. Dressing up like reproductive organs. Politicians inciting violence. Subverting due process. Neverending protests without regard for how it impacts neighbors. Weaponizing race. Protesters getting in your face. Spending with little to show for it. Intolerance for dissenting thought. Voters threatening violence if Dems don’t win the House.

    Trump is brash, but I’ll take him over what the Democratic party has become. If you don’t like it, that’s your problem.


    • Paula Fitz says:

      Forgot to add: Disdain for law enforcement. Tying law enforcement’s hands making it impossible to do their jobs. Blaming law enforcement. Blaming victims. Not holding criminals accountable and making excuses for them.

      The US Senate GAINED seats, by the way. Those senators who stood with Kavanaugh and Trump did well. That’s because people are sick of phony politicians who may be charming as heck and talk a good game, but when it comes down to it, don’t deliver anything tangible except platitudes.

      So those of you coming here to gloat: I wouldn’t read to much into this election. There was NO blue wave. A trickle? I’ll give you that, but not a wave.


  10. Paula Fitz says:

    To those of you coming here to gloat: I would never dream of approaching someone when they’re down and kicking them even further.

    What kind of a person does that?


  11. Well said Dave and well said Paula Fitz!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Jeff says:

    Couldn’t have said it better. Thank you, David!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. madisonexpat says:

    OB, your admiration for a porn star/prostitute and Jim Acosta illustrates your judgement in who you admire. No thanks.
    Nationally I’m pleased with the election. The pick ups in the senate ensure conservative judges. The incumbent lost the minimal number of congress critters. RINO’s are gone. Let the DEms try to satisfy their loony base. Now if we could just get a budget.


  14. Is it just me, or has every snippet of Evers included a close-in-tow-glued-to-the-hip Shelia Stubbs?

    The Gotch


    • Batman says:

      “Is it just me, or has every snippet of Evers included a close-in-tow-glued-to-the-hip Shelia Stubbs?”

      It’s not just you Cornelius. About six weeks ago while out bicycling, I noticed Ms. Stubbs carrying Evers in a baby papoose while strolling through the Arboretum. Peculiar.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. FoodForThought says:

    From a news article this morning:
    “Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s open to the Legislature scaling back the governor’s power during that session.”

    They may not riot, but they’ll do some worse with longer ranging consequences: knee-cap the governor’s power for almost certainly political reasons.
    Do you think they would have done this had Walker won re-election because they suddenly felt like they needed to reign in gubernatorial power?

    North Carolina’s GOP state legislative super-majorities did the same thing two years ago when they couldn’t come to terms with the fact that a Democrat was elected governor.


  16. FoodForThought says:

    In what way did Obama do that in any significant way?
    He reached out to Trump and they actually made a brief peace during the lame duck session.
    If he did that would be wrong too – it’s wrong no matter who does it. You defending it is just admitting you have double standards.


    • @FoodForThought;

      “In what way did Obama do that in any significant way?”

      Were you paying attention…SERIOUSLY?

      “He reached out to Trump and they actually made a brief peace during the lame duck session.”

      HORSE HOCKEY, like a true friend, Hopey Changey will stab you’s in the front!

      “If he did that would be wrong too – it’s WRONG wrong no matter who does it.”


      “You defending it is just admitting you have double standards.”

      Curious; where youse THINK I defended it?

      The Gotch


      • AnonyBob says:

        Well, Mr. Revisionist History, the Obama administration had a series of briefings prepared for the incoming Trump people about the mechanics of governing and current status of affairs. The Trump people never took them. But they were in a state of clueless ineptitude after Trump summarily dismissed Chris Christie and all his transition team preparations, without having a Plan B. Any problems with the transition didn’t come from Obama, but were the results of Trump’s ignorance and belligerence.

        Liked by 1 person

        • old baldy says:


          Facts are troublesome for those folks. They are just trying to emulate their fearless leader who, by the way, is at 6000+ lies and counting so far.

          Liked by 1 person

      • FoodForThought says:

        Wow Gotch, you’re equating Vos literally trying to strip powers from the executive branch with Obama leading protests of Trump’s after Trump was already in office?

        That’s not even in the same ballpark.

        As for your so-called Horse-hockey?
        Here you go: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/306310-obama-defends-post-election-embrace-of-trump

        And as Anonybob said, the efforts for an effective transition were much more pronounced than that article Ilinked above. The Trump in-comers ignored all the extremely detailed briefings put together by the Obama teams: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/sep/27/this-guy-doesnt-know-anything-the-inside-story-of-trumps-shambolic-transition-team

        Only after Trump rejected these overtures did Obama begin encouraging open dissent against Trump’s policies (and via totally valid means, not changing the rules like here in WI).


  17. Mark Porter says:

    I am curious, Dave, where Vos and Fitzgerald’s recent announcements play in the Republican narrative you outlined. Seems a bit less than gracious to me.


  18. madisonexpat says:

    Gee ABob, amazing how much great stuff President Trump accomplished in his first two years despite what you claimed as a botched transition.
    Obama also had a weaponized FBI/CIA etc. with a plan to overthrow the election. You know, what you, 17 intelligence agencies and Barack Obama set in motion with the Whizzing Hooker Dossier. Wasn’t it Agent McCabe in the FBI IG emails who said “POTUS wants to know everything we do” .
    Wasn’t Russians ABob it was Obama/Comey/Clapper and Brennan.
    Thankfully, Obama’s minions are as competent as he is.


    • AnonyBob says:

      More Amazing Trumpster Revisionism. Except for an unpopular tax bill slanted toward the rich and two creepy Supreme Court appointments (which is more of a Mitch McConnell) accomplishment), what has Trump accomplished? A swampier swamp? Spurned allies? 6,000 lies and counting? More confident white nationalists? You’re the only ones who don’t see the Russians. A lot of that whizzing dossier has been confirmed. How many more guilty pleas do you need?
      But, it’s like talking to a wall, here.


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