Becky did not claim election fraud!
We are bereft that Rebecca Kleefish lost. A peppier, scrappier campaigner you will not find. Becky must have hugged a thousand voters personally. Campaigning hard to be the first female governor of Wisconsin, a working mother — what a contrast she would have made against Tony Evers! Perky and indefatigable and, on election night, gracious and upbeat. Rebecca Kleefisch urged her supporters to align behind Tim Michels. So we shall.
The headline in this morning’s Madison fish wrap is, nonetheless, foreboding:
‘Trump-backed Michels cruises past Kleefisch.’
Get accustomed to it. (“Trump-backed …” — CNBC.) (“Trump-backed …”– New York Post.) (“Trump-backed …” — The Today Show.) (“Trump-backed …” — Wall Street Journal.) (“Trump-backed …” — Axios.) Democrats will stick that modifier to Michels like burdock burrs. Voters will think the billionaire’s first name is “Trump-backed.” The hard-of-hearing will pity the poor humpback. (“What hump?” — Igor.) Searching for the positive, we note that three statewide candidates who outright called for decertifying the 2020 presidential election (Michels did not) were soundly defeated. Those being:
- Timothy Ramthun, who picked up only 6.0% of the vote for governor (Blaska predicted 9.0%);
- Jay Schroeder defeated for secretary of state with 13.9%, and
- Karen Mueller, who came in third with 25.6% for attorney general.
We confess surprise at how close Trump-backed Adam Steen came to unseating Robin Vos in that Racine County assembly district. Election night, Speaker Vos called former state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, whom he hired to review the 2020 election, “an embarrassment to this state.” After spending $1 million investigating election fraud, Gableman has finally located the men’s room.
Q. How stupid can you be to endorse the opponent (Steen) of the guy who hired you (Vos)?
A. Mike Gableman stupid.
Trump-backed Republicans are already blaming Vos for Gableman’s failed snipe hunt. That’s what they mean by “the Madison crowd.” When Vos does fire the guy, please televise it! Then watch the horned QAnon shamans descend on Madison with their spears and zip ties. They’re already talking treason over the court-sanctioned search at Mar-a-Lago.
→ Tony Evers is already making Trump the issue, not Michels.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Hoping Trump-backed Tim Michels wins in November. Reminding him he’ll have to make nice with Robin Vos in the legislature — and voters like us who demand evidence and respect the Constitution.