The (mixed] blessing!
Is Mar-a-Lago the Santiago de Compostela of Republicans? Make the journey, fondle the bones, get the blessing?
Returning from a pilgrimage to that principality, Tommy Thompson tells the Werkes that the former President anointed him as the only Republican who can beat Tony Evers this November. Duh! That’s like betting the Harlem Globetrotters over the Washington Generals.
Helzz bellzz, we should have responded, Blaska could beat Tony Evers (although probably not as a write-in). Tommy Thompson IS Wisconsin — what could this four-term governor, legislator, and university system president learn about the Badger State from the insurrectionist in Florida? Our guess, the visit to Trump-a-Lago was intended to immunize Tommy from Tim Ranthum RITOs (Republicans In Trump Only) in prep for another run. Even the WI State Journal (once a Republican paper but no more) wants Tommy to go for it! Filing deadline isn’t until June; primary election in August.
The mid-terms: Trump’s Waterloo?
From his Floridian Elba, the deposed caudillo endorsed a 26 year old freshling who lives hours away from the North Carolina congressional district he seeks to represent. A local Republican party chairman groused:
“We don’t need Mr. Trump or anybody else bringing candidates in who don’t know nothing about farming, don’t know anything about agriculture and the roads here and the needs we have.”
Once a welcome disrupter of the status quo, Trump has degenerated into a psycopathic score-settler. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp refused to jigger Georgia’s presidential election results, so the defeated President endorsed a defeated former senator to challenge Kemp. Seemed like a good bet at the time, but David Perdue’s campaign is cratering. Their primary is May 24. Georgian Erick-Woods Erickson predicts:
Being the first high profile loss for Donald Trump will undoubtedly earn Perdue no grace at Mar-a-Lago. … Republicans want to beat Stacey Abrams [for governor of Georgia] and they were never going to do so by replacing the only man to beat her with the man who couldn’t even beat Jon Ossoff.
Blaska has a call in to Madison’s city clerk: “Maribeth, can you find me 11,780 more votes?” (Actually would need 22,716. It wasn’t close.)
Padding your batting average
Just as he annointed Tommy, Trump is picking front-runners. “Note the causality,” never-Trumper Jonah Goldberg counsels. “He doesn’t endorse people so they can win, he endorses people who will win so he can take credit. If Trump and Trumpism were the powerful force he and its shills claim, it’d be the other way around.”
As a f’r instance, Trump just endorsed Dr. Oz for U.S. Senate In Pennsylvania — one of the many states the former President lost. Trump’s first choice for the nomination dropped out of the race late last year. Some coat tails! That primary election is May 17.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The real question is should Tommy go for it or is it time for a new generation? Our bench is deep. Elder statesmen, too few. You’ve earned an Amazon warehouse-worth of moral capital, boss. Time to spend it. Since you asked.