Stop the presses!
A bumbling attempt to clear the way for Evers.
Blaska’s Rule #23 of political discourse suggests that if you’re going to accuse your political opponents of cynicism don’t practice the trait yourself.
Rebecca Kleefisch and Mike Pence are “a pair of GOP cynics,” John Nichols writes in the Sunday paper. O.K., that’s an opinion, but one curdled in its own cynicism. It suggests that the candidate for governor and the former vice president are not real conservatives, they’re just in it for the votes — an implicit recognition that conservatism is a vote-getter.
Cynical? Rebecca Kleefisch campaigning with her two children.
“Kleefisch is a cynical political careerist who will never hesitate to sacrifice the public interest on the altar of her political ambition,” Nichols sputters. He criticizes former governor Scott Walker and his lieutenant governor’s signature Act 10 as “an assault on working people and their [labor] unions.” At least WEAC is no longer soaking school property taxpayers with their no-bid contracts to profit their wholly owned and obscenely profitable insurance subsidiary. Saved working people tax dollars in the billions.
“Political careerist” is a verbal tic John uses to describe his political enemies, never mind that Becky was a working journalist in her first career. In any event, he never levels that opprobrium against Tammy Baldwin or his socialist idol, Bernie Sanders. (“Bernie Sanders lost; but he won!“)
Nichols strains credulity. Kleefisch and Pence are “without a conscience.” The two Republicans are “bumbling,” and “incompetent” — terms increasingly applied to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but never before heard applied to Kleefisch and Pence. Kleefisch is “downright crooked” —not Hunter Biden or Hillary Clinton, according to The Capital Times associate editor. At this point, Blaska invokes Rule #24: the more absurd the hyperbole, the weaker your case.
John veers into Alex Jones territory when he says Trump and “his bumbling sidekick” Pence were “overwhelmingly rejected [by] a majority of Wisconsinites” in 2020. A stupid, easily disproved lie. Actually, the Pence ticket lost by a fraction of one percent — 48.82% to Biden/Harris at 49.45%. Nichols keeps the spittle flying: Pence is “a willing accomplice to the high crimes and misdemeanors of Trump’s presidency.” Why Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin never thought to impeach the vice president, Nichols does not disclose.
Pence “has refused to testify before the bipartisan congressional committee,” Nichols charges. Bill Barr said it best: “B*** S***.” The committee is still considering whether to invite Pence. Notably, Pence’s former chief of staff and legal counsel HAVE testified, and very publicly so.
Nichols discounts Pence’s heroic role in upholding the Constitution and braving the Hang Mike Pence insurrectionists on January 6, 2021 as “a one-day deviation from pattern.” Easy to type those words into your laptop from the progressive bosom of your favorite coffee shop in downtown Madison, John. Try it when the howling mob is chasing you with a hangman’s rope.
Nichols turned his blunderbuss away from Tim Michels, a homophobe, and the seditious Donald Trump — easier targets — these two days before the Tuesday 08-09-22 primary election. For the same reason Democrats backed a Trump stolen election un-truther to beat Peter Meijer in New York, a Republican who voted to impeach. Comrade Nichols recognizes that Rebecca Kleefisch is the front-runner who is better poised to defeat incumbent governor Tony Evers. Time to take her down with invective rather than fact.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Now THAT is cynical!