Wisconsin Democrats deserve her.
Black smoke from burning bicycle tires indicates that the board of directors of Blaska Policy Werkes, cloistered this past week in an upper room, have chosen their candidate. The Werkes endorses Nada Elmikashfi for State Senator to succeed Fred Risser, who was once considered a progressive back when there were La Follettes roaming the earth but is now a fossil preserved in a little-visited museum display case (protected by plywood, of course).
As Nada herself says, “There’s a new Squad in town! Vote Nada. Vote Progressive.” She can BEAT Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) like a rented mule. (How dare he propose legislation protecting statues of abolitionists?) (We’re going to need a few more high school counsellors over here!)
Ilhan Omar, member of The Squad. “Some people did some things” on 9/11 in New York City! That is big!
Nada Elmikashfi is mainstream Madison on the issues:
“We must start by acknowledging that our police and criminal justice system are directly tied to the legacy of slavery and slave patrols in our country. It was state-sanctioned violence against Black people then, and it is certainly state-sanctioned violence against Black people now.”
Defund the Police!
No Cops in Schools!
Let imprisoned felons vote!
Endorsed by a veritable Who’s Who of Madison progs:
Planned Parenthood, Madison Teachers Inc., Democratic Socialists, People for Bernie [Sanders], Voces de la Frontera, UW-Madison Teaching Assistants, Madison alders Max Prestigiacomo and Shiva Bidar (Progressive Dane), Madison school board member Ananda Mirilli, Sabrina (“unmet needs”) Madison, Brandi Grayson, and many more.
Here’s what they’re saying about Nada Elmikashfi:
“Nada comes across as a mean spirited jerk with no real campaign issues except identity politics. She can’t even engage in dialogue or debate with commenters on her social media. Can we please have a different progressive candidate? She is a horrible look for the dems and will only push sane people with progressive leanings in the opposite direction.”
I’m confused as to why Nada Elmikashfi feels the need to run such an ad. Kelda Roys is a well established Democratic lawmaker who’s got to have friends in state government. Angering them by running attack ads shows questionable judgement. Between this and her spat with Senator Carpenter, I worry that were Elmikashfi to be elected she would have few friends and allies in a legislature already controlled by the other party. It doesn’t bode well for her ability to work together with others and actually achieve her progressive goals.”
Nada’s attacks on first a gay democrat from Milwaukee and now one of the most successful progressive women to run for governor from Madison [Helen Kelda Roys] is going to piss off endless Dems in the state government. She’s quickly turning into another Brenda Konkel, who nobody liked and nobody likes to work with in government.” — Sources here.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Which is why Nada will win. Madison long ago gave up on persuasion and resorted to intimidation. In a seven-candidate field in a district (26th Senate) that includes the UW campus, Madison’s Isthmus and liberal west side, with those endorsements, with her kind of identity politics (immigrant Black, Muslim women) and knee-jerk cop hatred, there’s no way Nada can lose!