Who ya’ calling a weasel?
Virtually every Republican on the ballot is running against Washington or, if they’re a candidate for state office here in Wisconsin, they’re running against Madison. Which is shorthand for running against the Establishment.
Superseding MAGA, the new Republican battle cry is “Drain the Swamp!”
Drain the Madison swamp not just of Tony Evers and its infamous Woke Wobblies, but “establishment” Republicans! They’re snakes and weasels! Which should make next weekend’s state party convention interesting (The Head Groundskeeper is a delegate), because it’s in Middleton — which is almost Madison, right?
One such anti-Madison swamp drainer is Wauwautosa blogger and party activist Paris Procopis. He levels the toxic epithet “establishment” against Rebecca Kleefisch, the acknowledged front-runner for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. Procopis asks, “How can she be against the very Madison ‘snakes and weasels’ who are trying to change the rules and working to clear the field for her … when they endorse her campaign?”
Is Kleefisch insufficiently pro-cop? Most of the county sheriffs endorse Kleefisch. Those “snakes and weasels”? U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany? Not business friendly? Then why does the WMC endorse? Not pro-life? Go tell WI Right to Life.)
There IS the sense that Republican party leadership favors Kleefisch, who has labored in the vineyards (or is it “swamps”) in the last four years since her eight years as lieutenant governor to Scott Walker, who also endorses Becky. (His boy Matt is Becky’s campaign political director.) The Werkes does not leave Becky off the hook. She’s out with her own “Drain the Swamp” meme:
With the power of the grassroots, we can truly drain the Madison swamp.
The Lost Cause myth?
The Werkes suspects insufficient Trumpiness is the source of all this snake and weasel talk. Republicans running for Congress seem to loathe Mitch McConnell almost as much as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The Republican Senate leader is a “back stabber” for not parroting Donald Trump’s stolen election myth. Many state Republicans are after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for “handcuffing” Mike Gableman’s snipe hunt for fraudulent votes, as this social media meme suggests. That’s the Procopis line:
Where has she been since November 2020? … she should have been screaming it from the mountain tops … about how the 2020 election was rigged.
If it was. The latest “proof” of a stolen election is that thoroughly debunked 2000 Mules propaganda video. The My Pillow guy now accuses Ukraine and Alito of conspiring to draw attention away from the stolen election myth.
To which, we can only add: given all the conspiracy theories: the bamboo ballots, voting machines jiggered by Hugo Chavez, and now the geo-tracking of supposed ballot harvesters — don’t you think some conspirator, somewhere, would be caught boasting — to co-workers, on social media, somewhere?! — how they helped steal the election for Sleepy Joe?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Yes, everyone is an outsider who, when you think about it, wants very much to become an insider. If a stolen election is your theme, you’ll be crying about your own stolen election after November.