Rural voters don’t want more free stuff
It was the moment the lifeless body of a 1,500-pound steer was hoisted in the air, blood pouring from its neck, that Mandela Barnes knew he was a long way from his comfort zone. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Barnes’ political upbringing is intertwined with Wisconsin’s urban heart, a place that could not have been more different to the scene at Hoesly’s Meats here in rural New Glarus.
A great lede, as we say in the journalism business, this news report from CNN on Democrats’ hopes to win back rural voters. Give Barnes, a black man venturing into the transplanted Swiss canton south of Madison, credit for trying. CNN quotes all four Democrats seeking to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson as promising to “listen” to rural voters.
Listening flatters the listened. At some point, unfortunately for the would-be’s, they must speak. Question is whether they will sound like Elizabeth Warren — more unlikable than even the Hildabeast, more shrill than an overheated tea pot — or Joe Manchin?
Separated at birth?
How does candidate Sarah Godlewski justify paying off the critical race student’s college debt to the retirees coffee klatsching in Sparta? What headway on shutting down the XL pipeline will Alex Lasry make with the corn grower in Lafayette County who is paying more for his diesel fuel and anyhdrous ammonia? Will the farm equipment dealer in Monticello say “Right On!” to candidate Tom Nelson for picketing the tractor factory in Racine? Blanchardville will be reminded of Lt. Gov. Barnes sympathy for an attempted kidnapper in Kenosha. (Defund the Police advocates Ananda Mirilli, Savion Castro, and Ali Muldrow endorse Barnes. Elizabeth Warren, too!)
The Catholic congregation in Baraboo will take note of the atheists supporting abortion pictured in the Wisconsin State Journal. Whereupon we again quote that former Madison mayor, now reduced to blogging. “No longer “safe, legal, and rare,”
… the new chant seems to be “free abortion on demand without apologies.” If your goal was to come up with a phrase that produced maximum damage to your movement, well, I suppose “defund the police” might have been worse, but not by much.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: What abortion restrictions DO the gang of 4 support? In response to the 21 injured in Milwaukee shootings after the Bucks game Friday (and we’re not talking about 3-pointers) will the four Democrats demand more police or more gun laws? How will more gun restrictions sit with Grant County turkey hunters?