Progressive editor blames stupid voters!
Paul Fanlund should get out more — like out of the Madison bubble. Put on your anthropologist’s pith helmet, travel up to Bonduel, say, buy a round at the local tavern, then shut up and listen.
The editor of The Capital Times kvetches that he referenced Trump at “at a recent dinner party” and was greeted with frozen stares. “Apparently, no one wanted to talk politics.” In Madison WI?
That’s a little yellow canary going feet up, Paul. Get out of the coal mine, ASAP!
“You might think that President Joe Biden and WI Gov. Tony Evers … would be faring better with the public than they apparently are,” Fanlund laments in his weekly column.
You might think that, Paul. The Werkes does not. You can believe the public opinion polls: here in Wisconsin, Evers’ job approval is only 45%. Biden’s in-state approval (the most recent Marquette poll has him at 46% approval, 53% disapproval) matches his national numbers.
→ “Biden’s approval has fallen substantially among independents and Democrats.” — Marquette Law School poll 01-27-22.
Denial is not just a river in …
Presented with data and personal experience, Fanlund does what all good Lefties do: he blames the voters for their ignorance. They have been fooled! Tricked by Republicans “evilly brilliant in executing its foremost goal,” which Fanlund asserts is “never cooperating with Democrats.”
And you thought Trump was delusional! Nineteen GOP Senators voted FOR Biden’s infrastructure bill! Republicans met with the President to outline achievable goals. They were rebuffed.
Like any university-city progressive, Fanlund believes Americans’ big want is free early kindergarten and forgiving college loans. Buried within his sob story, Fanlund betrays a germ of understanding: “Biden and Evers must mollify the Far Left.” As Lt. Frank Drebin said in Naked Gun, “Bingo!” Except the editor then goes on to refute his own insight.
Joe Manchin, according to The Capital Times editor, “is a Democrat in name only.” But CT favorite Bernie Sanders is not even name-only — he’s a Socialist, as is his CT fan boy, associate editor John Nichols.
Critical race theory? Nothing more than “a decades-old, common-sense academic concept,” Fanlund fantasizes. White guilt? Implicit bias? Institutional racism? Reparations? THOSE are common sense? Madison does more than teach CRT — we practice it! How many repeat criminals stalk our streets free on signature bond, thanks to our Woke court system? Empty the jails!
Why else would the University of Wisconsin move a 42-ton boulder — a raw, uninscribed rock — from its Madison campus, if not CRT? More Fanlund:
Another example is how the GOP paints all those who want increased scrutiny around police behavior as being part of the defund the police movement, which is a major problem at a time when violent crime in Wisconsin and nationally has increased.”
Paul is correct that defund the police IS a major problem. The editor would rather forget that The Capital Times itself is defund the police (they prefer the code word “reimagine”). Your own editorial of 06-11-20 demanded Madison public schools defund its school resource police officers. This school years’ riots and shootings are the foreseeable result. You endorsed the current progressive school board, progressive district attorney, progressive mayor, et cetera.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If Republicans are “evilly brilliant,” as the editor contends, the corollary must be that voters are evilly stupid.