But at the expense of Republican chances in November?
What did we tell you? Oh, now we remember! The circular firing squad purging Republicans who doubt the divinity of Trump now is concentrating its fire on WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
After the previous blogge went to press, Trump (The Old Pretender) tarred Vos with the dreaded “RINO” word and endorsed young Adam Steen, “who has had the courage to stand up strongly against ‘Speaker’ Vos.” Note the snarky quote marks. (More here.) Vos — so hated by Wisconsin progressives for his conservative governance — incurred the disgraced former President’s ire by refusing to do what cannot be done: wind back the clock and decertify Joe Biden’s victory in 2020, frogmarch the old man out of the White House, reinstall il Duce, and drag Nancy Pelosi by the ankles down the stairs, as one of Trump’s foot soldiers intended.
Steen could well prevail in Tuesday’s 08-09-22 primary election, but we say Vos gets 60% of the vote. (Make your own predictions!)
Will compromise save more unborn?
Kansas voters refused to expunge their state constitution’s guarantee of a right to abortion. What did we say? A small compromise, say, allowing abortions up to 15 weeks as Mississippi did, could win Wisconsin. Ultimately, such a compromise may save more lives than a hard-line stand demanding total abolition, which is likely to fail in favor of the liberals’ abortion on demand, or something close to it.
Fact is, Donald Trump’s revenge tour had a good day Tuesday 08-02-22. (Unlike many of our fellow Republicans, the Werkes is able to distinguish fact from desire.)
In Arizona, election unTruther Blake Masters, whose campaign was sponsored by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, won the GOP Senate primary. The nomination for governor is still out: Trump surrogate Kari Lake was leading Karrin Robson by less than 2 percentage points with 80% of the vote counted as of 10 this morning.
In Michigan, voters nominated Tudor Dixon for governor. She was backed by billionaire Betsy DeVos, who quit Trump’s cabinet in disgust after January 6. Trump only jumped aboard in the final days. Also in Michigan, one of the 10 Republican congress members to vote impeachment, Peter Meijer, lost to a Trumpite. Democrats who called January 6 a threat to democracy poured resources to defeat a congressman who stood up for that democracy. And we wonder why voters are cynical!
November 8 is proof of the pudding
Trump’s senate picks look like losers. J.D. Vance is 9 points down in Ohio’s open seat. As is Herschel Walker 9 points behind Raphael Warnock in Georgia. In Pennsylvania, Mehmet Oz is trailing a Democrat who was felled by a stroke. CNN claims Meijer’s loss means the Grand Rapids-based 3rd District seat will be one of the most competitive House contests in November’s midterm elections.
Will Kari Lake help elect a Democrat to replace Republican incumbent Doug Ducey in Arizona, a toss-up state? How does Blake Masters do against an American hero, astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of the nearly martyred Gabby Giffords? Will Trump’s appearance Friday 08-05-22 in Waukesha on behalf of Tim Michels swing Wisconsin his way? (Weigh in on our poll!)
“Will Jessica discover Chester’s affair? Will Benson discover Chester’s affair? Will Benson care? These questions — and many others — will be answered in the next episode of … Soap.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: That’s the real test: does Trump win or repel moderates and independents in November?