and other Democrat(ic) party apostasies!
Winston Churchill famously said that nothing concentrates the mind like being shot at. Blaska’s political corollary is that electoral disaster is its own wake-up call. That’s how November’s elections shape up for Democrats. Even CNN sees a cigarette and blindfold in the progressive party’s future: “This was the week Democrats realized how bad 2022 is going to get.”
Democrats’ all-purpose excuse, bad messaging, doesn’t cut it. “We got a story to tell,” Barack Obama suggested on 04-05-22, “Just got to tell it.” Nope, it’s the story itself that grates.
Even David Brooks gets the punch line. (We’re a metaphor metronome today!) Brooks is the kind of establishment conservative who gets invited on PBS and thinks George H.W. Bush could have reined it in a little. Emboldened by public opinion polls, the New York Times columnist counts the ways Democrats got it wrong:
• “It is possible to over-stimulate the economy.” Quit blaming Putin! At 8.5%, our inflation is a lot higher than in Europe.
• “Law and order is not just a racist dog whistle. The first job of government is to establish order so people can feel secure,” Brooks writes.
• “Border security is not just a Republican talking point.”
• “‘People of color’ is not a thing. It contributes to a simplistic oppressor/oppressed narrative in which white Republicans are supposed to be on one side and P.O.C. are supposed to be on the other.” Thanks to identity politics, hispanics are now breaking for Republicans.
• The New Deal is over. “Year after year Democrats imagine that if they can hand people checks and benefits, they will be rewarded with votes,” Brooks writes. Watch a desperate President forgive college loans, anyway.
What have we been saying?
Prophet without honor Blaska has been preaching this since, oh, 1979 — except for a brief interlude in mid-1981 and a bad week in 2001. Now former mayor Dave Cieslewicz is carrying that message into Madison’s mainstream. Like a Stage 4 patient grasping at any cure, Capital Times editor Paul Fanlund exclaims: “Dave Cieslewicz explains how moderate Democrats can save us.”
Fanlund claims to agree with Cieslewicz “pretty much across the board.” Wouldn’t know it from reading his newspaper. Couldn’t endorse David Blaska for school board, as the former mayor did, much less allow the head groundskeeper to participate in its school board debates. Instead, the CT endorsed critical race theorist Ali Muldrow for re-election. Demanded defunding school resource police officers while excusing BLM’s harassment of parents and school board members. Writes hagiographies of social justice warriors like Brandi Grayson. Keeps mum when UW-Madison expelled a 42-ton rock after it was accused of racism. Pilloried Tommy Thompson throughout his 14 years as governor.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: repeats Mayor Dave’s medical prescription for Democrats: “If you hear it on NPR, don’t say it.” To National Public Radio, we would add John Nichols, The Nation, MSNBC, Mark Pocan, Tony Evers, Satya Rhodes Conway, the UW-Madison School of Education, Alders Furman, Conklin, Figueroa-Cole …
Are they even capable of copying the Real Coke?