Trump endorsed the money

Makes it a two-horse race.

If you want Donald Trump’s endorsement, you need to check at least one of three boxes:

🔲 Media personality — as was TV doctor Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania or best-selling author J.D. Vance in Ohio.

🔲 High-profile politician — former U.S. Senator David Perdue in Georgia.

🔲 Millionaire — Which explains why Trump tapped Tim Michels — who could probably buy and sell the entire Trump family — for Wisconsin governor.

But he won’t stand with her

What is Donald Trump’s endorsement worth? Results so far this primary election season are mixed. Trump spurned Timothy Ramthun, the most rabid election denier of the five seekers of the Republican prize. Man has no money and the profile of a backwoods moonshiner. (Admittedly attractive to a subset of Republicans.)

The WI State Journal quotes an “expert” to say that it’s “a devastating blow” to Rebecca Kleefisch, the putative leader. No question, Becky wanted it. She put out a lit piece in time for the state Republican convention last weekend touting her crush on Trump.

Let’s concede: The Trump pick helps Michels but not at the expense of the little spitfire. The former lieutenant governor is the only one who’s won three statewide races (including beating back the Act 10 recall). Becky owns the trifecta of conservative interests: Right to Life, big business (WMC), law enforcement (most of the sheriffs and several police unions, including those in Milwaukee and Kenosha). Add a fourth: bear hunters! (They have their own lobby? Who knew?!) If the Trump endorsement hurts anyone, it is Kevin Nicholson. The guy is still trying to find a lane. The fifth candidate is one Adam Fischer of Oak Creek, who says a lot of the right things but does not check any of our three boxes. Unchecks them, actually.

Two-edged sword?

The Head Groundskeeper just said the Trump pick helps Michels. Some of the grey lab coats at the Policy Werkes argue that it hurts, as well. Lest we forget, Donald Trump lost the 2016 Republican primary to the last man standing at the time —Ted Cruz, who’s even harder to like! In 2020, Trump under-performed all eight congressional candidates in losing (yes he did!) the state. (If there were 2000 mules they harvested actual ballots from real voters.) Countenancing the insurrection of January 6 (2021) and his general unsavoriness continue to sully the Trump brand.

Allow teachers to defend their classrooms

Ohio State Senate passes a bill that would allow teachers to arm themselves in school. Individual school districts would decide if they want armed teachers. (More here.)

A certain kind of liberal logic: “Wisconsin man allegedly threatens to shoot lawmakers who vote to arm teachers” after Speaker Robin Vos signaled he’s open to that common sense idea. (Arming teachers, dammit!) (Read it and grin.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Here in Wisconsin, one endorsement means loads more than Trump’s. It  belongs to Tommy Thompson. Our guess is he keeps it in his pocket.

What’s YOUR guess?

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7 Responses to Trump endorsed the money

  1. Balboa says:

    Much to your chagrin, he is still a factor on 2022, his record of backed candidates is still in 90 percent range. He even broke so many democrats in Georgia that they helped vote in Kemp in the primary. I like Tim Michaels ads but too many unknowns, not sure he has been vetted well. Ole Becky, will not beat Evers. She can read ALEC talking points with the best of them but listening to her voice, i cannot take anything she says seriously. Not unlikeable but does not give me any confidence that she would be a good ceo of the state. The rest are just background noise or complete whack jobs. November is long long way off.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Becky did nothing for eight years in office except ride Scott Walker’s coattails. Speaking of Scott, I’d like to see him take another whack at that miserable old scarecrow currently occupying the governor’s office.

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    • David Blaska says:

      It’s Michels.


      • Balboa says:

        Noted. Microaggressions aside. I just want a candidate that can win and also help down and up ballots not so sure Becky has that ability.


  2. Bill Cleary says:

    Yeah, I’m leaning toward Michaels but think that Rebecca would be a great asset to the government of the state of Wisconsin. I do think that Tim needs to be crystal clear on what his policy decisions are and how he will implement them. I heard him being interviewed by Dan O’Donnell the other day and he did not come right out and answer the questions that Dan asked him. I want a governor that I can trust. I want a governor that knows where they stand on the issues so that I am aware of who I am voting for.

    Evers is a total idiot. He has no idea of what is best for the people of the state of Wisconsin. He is just another political hack working for the demoncratic party.

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  3. Scott F says:

    “Who are we missing?” – Ron DeSantis


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