Sī vīs pācem, parā bellum, the Roman philosopher advised. “If you want peace, prepare for war.” The philosopher of Stately Blaska Manor amends that advice: “If you want peace, put plenty of law enforcement boots on the ground.”
We’ve said before, Tony Evers is as responsible for burned-out Kenosha and Kyle Rittenhouse as the rioters who attacked the 17 year old that hot August night in 2020. It is good politics and commendable policy to lay that on Wisconsin’s governor now, a good 2½ months before the general election. Because the other precept practiced at the Werkes is this: It’s never too early to go negative. Of that, we are positive.
Democrats will howl, which means our Republican nominee for governor is over the target. The Marquette Law School poll confirms our gut feelings: crime will drive the election at all levels this November. Of voters responding to the poll released 08-17-22, crime concerns 88% — second only to inflation at a combined 94%. (How is “gun violence” a separate category?)
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As we’ve been saying
Right off the bat, Gov. Evers blamed police. The day of the shooting, before getting the facts, Ever’s progressive knee jerked and out of his mouth came this:
“Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Evers said in the statement. … “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.” (More here.)
• Attorney General Bill Barr: Evers dithered during the Kenosha insurrection.
• Tony Evers still bad-mouths cops one year after Jacob Blake riots. (Read & Weep)
• Why does Tony Evers hate cops? (If you can stand it.)
Cops have no love for AG Josh Kaul
If any law enforcement agent has endorsed Wisconsin’s Democrat(ic) attorney general, Josh Kaul isn’t advertising it. That’s what Wisconsin RightNow reports. By contrast, Eric Toney, the district attorney of Fond du Lac County who is running against Kaul, is endorsed by over 100 sheriffs, district attorneys, and police chiefs. What’s more, the Republican and has been unanimously endorsed by the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, Milwaukee Police Association,” Toney’s website says.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Public safety is the first responsibility of government. Which is why we’re working for Anthony Hamilton for sheriff of Dane County. He’s running against a sheriff Tony Evers appointed, one who calls jail inmates “residents.”