It’s called ‘pandering,’ we think,
therefore, we are!
Is Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway trying to lose next April’s election (assuming she is running for a second term)? If so, thank you very much. She now proposes to buy the votes of city employees with $1,000 checks.
That might win her the votes of all 2,900 city workers — many of whom would vote her way, regardless. But we think the price will be at the expense of the other over-taxed 77,000 voters who went to the polls in the last mayoral election. (Where have you gone, Paul Soglin?) Didn’t County Exec Joe Parisi try a similar gambit? It was shot down by the uber-Left county board of supervisors.
Mayor Satya’s ploy is not playing well. On NextDoor social media, Michael S. Goodman writes, “City employees already earn more and have better benefits than their colleagues who work for the state, to say nothing of defined benefit pensions.” Retired Common Council coordinator Lisa Veldran writes, “Not sure why this money can’t go to our local food pantries to help those even in more need.”
How much like Joe Biden’s college loan forgiveness, this give-away! Odd how the politics of resentment breeds more resentment.
Democrats shouldn’t count on abortion moving the electoral needle, moderate Democrat theorist Ruy Teixeira writes. “The current Democratic brand suffers from multiple deficiencies that make it somewhere between uncompelling and toxic to wide swathes of American voters.”
The cultural left in and around the Democratic party has managed to associate the party with a series of views on crime, immigration, policing, free speech, and … race and gender that are quite far from those of the median voter. These unpopular views are further amplified by Democratic-leaning media and nonprofits.
Speaking of the abortion, the Dane County Board of Supervisors is considering cutting off funding on programs or services involved in the investigation or prosecution of any person for violating the state’s ban on abortion. (They’re voting tonight on this proposed ordinance.) Would they defund their own sheriff or district attorney if it came to that? Still and all, pro-abortion is probably a vote-getter in Dane County.
Speaking of crime … Three separate fights broke out at or around Madison East high school during the lunch hour Wednesday 09-21-22. The school brought in Madison Police (banned from campus the last couple of years “to support our students’ safe return to school,” Principal Mikki D. Smith told parents. “As an extra layer of safety, we asked students returning from lunch to show their school ID cards in order to re-enter the building.”
In one of the fights, Madison police say four suspects beat a student and that “charges are forthcoming.” No word on medical condition.
The not-so Great Carnak
We quote from The Dispatch: In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Trump asserted the right to declassify documents telepathically. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying ‘it’s declassified’— even by thinking about it.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Democrats have their insufferable Woke virtue signalers. But we Republicans have our crazies. We think.