‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ — Pogo
That old cowboy philosopher Will Rogers said he belonged to no organized political party. “I’m a Democrat.”
But Democrats are closing ranks — none more spectacularly than last week when millionaires Sarah Godlewski and Alex Lasry quit the U.S. Senate race — as Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson had the week before. All threw their support behind Mandela Barnes ahead of next week’s primary election. That’s how badly they want to beat Ron Johnson!
By contrast, Wisconsin Republicans are re-enacting the Night of the Sicilian Vespers. Some of my fellow dues-payers seem more interested in defeating GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos than Tony Evers. The governor’s likely Republican challengers, Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels, are cutting themselves into ribbons before Democrats mop up what’s left. Kleefisch is part of the hated “Madison establishment,” Michels’ side charges. Michels is a carpetbagger from out of state, her side charges.
Their seconds are squared off against each other: standing behind Michels are Donald Trump and Tommy Thompson. In Kleefisch’s corner are Mike Pence, Scott Walker, and most of the Republican legislature. The latter includes Speaker Vos whom, it seems, many Republicans despise more than Nancy Pelosi. Their indictment: he won’t violate the WI Constitution to decertify Biden’s 2020 presidential victory. Seen on social media:
Lisa Burnside (a vocal RITO): Vos is either incompetent or should be arrested for malfeasance. He should have resigned as requested by more than 50% of the county’s GOP for lack of confidence.
State Rep. Ron Tusler: There is no legislator more hell bent at beating Democrats than Robin Vos. He takes a lot of friendly fire, which is sad and useless. But, he has led us to become CPAC’s #2 most conservative legislature.
Always Trumpers are backing a challenger to Vos, one Adam Steen. His “America First” website quotes Trump. Michels’ surrogates are waving the bloody flag of January insurrection. Take digital media influencer Paris Procopis (a Henny Youngman “Please!”). In the current campaign, the unprecocious Procopis posts: “I have noticed that the never-Trumper’s [s.i.c.] are overwhelmingly supporting Kleefisch for governor… clearly that’s not all her support, but that speaks volumes.” A few years back, Procopis supported Paul Ryan’s racist challenger, Paul Nehlen, but now says he has distanced himself. Speaks volumes about his judgement, though.
Kleefisch is not off the hook, although the “Two peas in a pod” ad is credited to an independent source:
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’re a week out from Wisconsin’s August 9 primary election. Place your bets on the winners.