Madison is making Wisconsin turn red
Progressive Dane’s proposed ban on the Pledge of Allegiance and opening prayer at Dane County Board meetings is a bigger story than the sum of its parts. Here’s why. Voters from Wausau to Walworth will cluck cluck over their morning coffee at the Leftist nut cases in the Peoples’ Republic of Madison.
It’s the law of diminishing returns: Whatever the small gain, all liberals will pay an exorbitant price. Is this the mole hill upon which they want to die?
We piggy back on Thomas B. Edsall’s column in today’s New York Times. He quotes Ruy Teixeira of The Liberal Patriot: “The current Democratic brand suffers from multiple deficiencies that make it somewhere between uncompelling and toxic to wide swathes of American voters.” From the Edsall column:
Democrats have fallen victim to what [Teixeira] calls the “Fox News Fallacy.”
“This is the idea,” Teixeira explained, “that if Fox News criticizes the Democrats for X, then there must be absolutely nothing to X and the job of Democrats is to assert that loudly and often.” For example, he wrote, “Take the issue of crime. Initially dismissed as simply an artifact of the Covid shutdown that was being vastly exaggerated by Fox News and the like for their nefarious purposes, it is now apparent that the spike in violent crime is quite real.”
Translated, Fox News gets it right, often as not. Madison is sprinkled with yard signs reading “This Time, Fair Maps.” Except the most Democrat-friendly map Tony Evers can draw still gives Republicans a 55 to 45 advantage in the State Assembly. (Now 61-38.)
Left-wing bubble boys
Progressives have self-selected themselves onto Madison’s isthmus. They compete at the WilMar neighborhood center to out-do each other in virtue. No pronoun is safe at a Tenney Lapham neighborhood picnic. Jails must be derailed, cops defunded, borders opened wide, reparations paid to Oprah Winfrey in the coffeehouses on Monroe and State streets.
“Politics have become nationalized, making all Democrats pay a price for what a small but prominent group pushes for,” Edsall writes.
Inflation rages. Madison and Milwaukee schools are a hot mess. Parents from Eau Claire to Lodi and Mequon are fighting educrats who teach that their children are implicit racists. The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin expels a 42-ton rock from the Madison campus because a gaggle of social justice warriors accused it of racism.
Cops cause crime?
Progressive district attorneys like Milwaukee’s John Chisholm and Dane County’s Ismael Ozanne — all Democrats like Chicago’s Kim Foxx — spin the revolving door. The Waukesha Christmas parade murderer was only the most extreme example. Free college is a Democrat priority so that cadres of activists can shout down speakers, debt-free. Tony Evers let Kenosha burn rather than stop BLM arsonists. Madison can’t even protect its own cop shop.
The Left cheers the man who competes in women’s swim meets. Barack Obama tells successful HVAC contractors, “You didn’t build that.”
Their news media pushed the fake Russian collusion hoax, covers up Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop, calls burning cities “mostly peaceful protests,” and cancels editors who print the other side of the story.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Democrats still can’t figure how they lost the white working class to Donald Trump. They’re losing hispanics, too. Now, if we could just get Republicans to back away from Crazy, if we could acknowledge we lost the 2020 election we might just win the next one.