Don’t want to re-litigate his 2020 defeat
Your irascible bloggeur is an “out” Republican. (We’ve told the family. They’re very understanding.) Freed from the strictures of objectivity during our years as an ink-stained wretch at The Capital Times, Blaska paid his dues 30 years ago and recited the secret blood oath amid sputtering candles and hooded wraiths in an underground cavern deep below the city.
We like to say there are more Republican voters here in Dane County than any county outside Waukesha and Milwaukee. We’re even hosting this year’s state convention!
Our annual caucus Saturday 02-26-22 at the Marriott Hotel in Middleton was crawling with Republicans. Old Republicans and young. Black, white and Asian. Big and tall, fat and small. For richer and for poorer. They looked very much like America but better mannered.
The hotel was crawling with candidates! At one point, your intrepid bloggeur asked for a show of hands: Who is NOT running for lieutenant governor? The crush of candidates — for governor, treasurer, secretary of state, attorney general, Congress, and the legislature — is a robust sign of health. Contrast that to the Madison school board, where only four candidates will appear on the ballot for three open seats. (Which is why Blaska entered as a write-in for Seat #4. Blaska is DIVERSITY!)
The Republican candidates Saturday spoke energetically about personal responsibility, opportunity, growth, liberty, and rule of law. They were focused on November 2022 and the future.
Not Trump’s bitter enders. They made their stand with two resolutions more absurd than a Monty Python sketch. One demanded that Robin Vos resign as Speaker of the Assembly because — (Get this!) he “hog-tied” Mike Gableman’s investigation into the 2020 presidential election! Vos is learning there’s no placating the RITOs (Republicans in Trump Only). They’re not satisfied with a little bit of crazy, they want full-on Jerry Lewis in the Fun House.
The RITOs (also spells R.I.O.T.) were doing what they do best: re-litigating the past. Resolution #7 sought to overturn the 2020 election! “Decertify” it two years in! Back up the moving van to the White House! Accomplish what 61 adverse state and federal court decisions could not. Vindicate the January 6 (2021) Capitol insurrection! The resolution also sought “to amend the constitution to develop a way to prevent constitutional crisis’ [crises] like this.”
Further resolved, … request the U.S. Congress and President amend the U.S. Constitution with a way to prevent persons elected to the presidency and vice presidency through fraud or illegitimate means from serving out their term and damaging our great nation.
Amend the Constitution of the United States to ban fraudulent elections! Why didn’t James Madison think of “a way”? Maybe he was sick that day. We’re not done piling on to this RITO numskullery: READ the damn Constitution you purport to defend! Find the President’s role in amending the Constitution. You can’t because he doesn’t.
→ “Can we stop with the idiots?” — Erick-Woods Erickson
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Seeing his agitation, the caucus chairman walked the microphone over to Blaska, who waved him off. In a loud voice this proud Republican exclaimed, “Nah, this is too stupid to even debate!” Heartened that a majority of my fellow Dane County Deplorables agreed; saddened that other counties are putting up this nonsense.