This blogge is enjoying a nice uptick in traffic.
Time to spend a little capital.
If we had one New Year’s wish/fantasy it would be for Ron Johnson, Kevin McCarthy, and Robin Vos to go on Sean Hannity and the radio talk shows to announce that Joe Biden — delusional geriatric that he is — won the election and that Donald Trump is a psychotic, treasonous liar. A grease stain on the party.
The Werkes awaits a book due out this week. The Steal: “the attempt to overturn the 2020 election and the people who stopped it” will arrive at the Stately Manor on Friday — one day after the first anniversary of the failed January 6 insurrection. One chapter focuses on Rohn [pronounced “Ron”] Bishop, then party chairman in Fond du Lac County, the birthplace of the Republican party. We excerpt:
His whole life was wrapped up in his Republican identity. … He named his two daughters after ‘80s conservative icons— Reagan and Maggie, for Britain’s Maggie Thatcher. Beneath the stars and stripes that fly over his driveway is a red 2006 Pontiac with the license plate GOP 4ME.
When Bishop had driven an hour southeast to do door-to-door work in the reliably Republican suburb of Mequon, just north of Milwaukee, he’d seen “Biden” and “Black Lives Matter” signs on front lawns, which shocked him. This was not his grandfather’s Wisconsin anymore.
As far as Bishop was concerned, Trump had hurt himself badly by discouraging people from voting by mail. When the President had suddenly inveighed against the practice, it came as a surprise to the state’s Republican leaders. Not long before, they had mailed pamphlets to every GOP voter in the state encouraging it, with a picture of Donald Trump on the front giving two thumbs up. Now he was telling Fox News, “I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election, I really do,” later tweeting that it would produce “the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History!”
Bishop countered by urging that the President’s comments be ignored. “It’s such a bad idea to scare our own voters away from a legit way to cast their ballot,” he tweeted. …. He had contradicted the Oracle. It didn’t matter that he made sense. Heresy was heresy…. He told one [radio] interviewer that they had to give the President “a few days” to accept his loss. …
A truck driver called him and screamed at him for helping Democrats steal the election. … The driver was moving through northern Wisconsin and seeing Trump sign after Trump sign. He hadn’t seen any Biden signs. So how could Trump lose Wisconsin?
“Well, do you ever drive your semi in Dane County?” Bishop asked. …
“No,” said the driver.
Bishop suggested that his sample was flawed. …
“You really think Joe Biden got 84 million votes?” [a co-worker] asked.
“No f—ing way. He never left his basement.”
“Yeah, that’s right,” Bishop said. “Trump was unpopular enough to drive Democrats to vote for a doormat.” …
In February, months after the state elections commission struggled over whether to certify the election results over the protests of Republican electors, Bishop was reelected to his party chairmanship. His neighbors came out in a blizzard to support him. After all the abuse he had taken for telling the truth, Bishop was touched.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Bishop was subsequently elected to the Waupun city council. Sometimes the truth hurts; occasionally, it is rewarded.