Might Blaska provoke the progressives?
(He might … he just might!)
My old employer is co-sponsoring an on-line debate among candidates for the Madison Board of Education. We reproduce the ad from today’s print edition. Class, what’s missing? You there, furiously waving your hand? (Oh. The bathroom is to your left.) You there!
That’s right, it’s missing Blaska! They have not invited David Blaska, your write-in candidate for Seat #4 for Madison school board. Why is that? asked a noted Madison journalist unaffiliated with Capital Newspapers Inc.
David: In 2019, The Capital Times sponsored a mayoral forum at The Barrymore Theater in which a write-in candidate, Toriana Pettaway, shared the stage with candidates on the primary ballot. How come she could participate in a Cap Times forum and you can’t?
Blaska, write-in candidate for Seat #4 on the Madison school board, refers that question to our platinum-level subscribers. We suggested that inquiring minds might want to ask Paul Fanlund, editor of the Cap Times, as it calls itself these days. His e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hardly an oversight
It’s not that there are too many candidates. Four for three seats? Pretty paltry. Because Blaska is a write-in (for seat #4)? Upsets Madison’s apple cart? Might enliven the debate? Too “diverse”?
We note that the Wisconsin State Journal plans to run a news interview with Blaska either Monday, March 14 or 21. The Fitchburg Star submitted a written questionnaire, as did Madison City Hues. Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools co-sponsored an on-line debate with the East Madison Progressives on February 20. One of the organizers, former school board member Nan Brien, e-mailed the five participants afterward, closing with:
David, you enlivened the forum; thanks for hopping into the race and providing something besides a “me, too” refrain. If you have time, I’d really like to have the behavioral stats from 2016 and 2019 that you cited. They were astounding.
Thanks again for your participation!
Why a write-in?
Because he and a liberal friend wore out our Rolodexes trying to recruit a candidate of color (we would play the progessives’ own game) among the many moderates in Madison. Eventually, Blaska said he’d settle for a Norwegian. (Your write-in candidate related that to Eric Hovde before realizing his faux pas.) Has Madison given up on its public schools?
Blaska did make the ballot three years ago — also against Ali Muldrow for Seat #4. Raising (and spending) $20,000 was laborious but still not enough, judging by the results. We are not raising money this time. Instead, volunteers, unbidden, are painting signs and spreading the word. Another worked up this poster: Blaska for school board. Download, print, and tack up on your favorite coffee shop or supermarket bulletin board. Send the link to your e-mail friends list. (Send two to your enemies list!) Post on social media. Share this blog with the world! Spread the Blaska agenda! (No face mask can stop it!)
But The Capital Times cannot spare one more Zoom window?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We are raising questions that aren’t being asked such as: Are disadvantaged kids doomed to Woke experimentation with identity politics? Can kids learn if they don’t feel safe? If they’re not taught self-discipline? Madison schools have been doing restorative justice for 7 years now …