Time for a little Mandela Barnes-storming!
Blaska breakfasted with a committed Democrat Tuesday. Another cause to suspect your irascible host! He is already under fire among Republican party purgers for once citing CNN as a source. Even so, we noticed our breakfast companion was wearing a Mandela Barnes campaign button. Blaska thanked the committed Democrat for nominating the Democrat easiest for Ron Johnson to beat.
Even the WI State Journal acknowledges Barnes is backing off on his well documented police bashing, now that he braves the more intense scrutiny attendant upon seeking higher office. As the Church Lady would say, HOW CONVENIENT!
No flip flopping for Madison’s Police Civilian Oversight Board! After searching a year and a half, they’ve finally found someone to take $125,000 of our tax dollars every year to be its full-time police second-guesser! John Tate 2 needed the work, having been cashiered as Tony Evers’ lead parole commissioner. Yeah, even Gov. Evers did some of his own flip flopping. The Democrat was taking incoming from Republican challenger Tim Michels for the (shall we say) generous paroles when Evers forced Tate out.
The generous paroles include that of Douglas Balsewicz, sentenced in 1997 to 80 years in prison after stabbing his estranged wife 42 times in front of their two children, just 2 and 4 years old at the time. The sentencing judge, Diane Sykes (later a state supreme court justice) told the parole board that the case was not appropriate for early release. “Evers and Tate, this is your fault,” the victim’s sister told WISN Milwaukee.
In National Review today, Rich Lowry labels Barnes “The foremost victim of the Left’s post-George Floyd politics.”
That Barnes … is trying to transform himself from a voice and symbol of post-George Floyd radicalism to a middle-of-the-road, pro-cop Democrat tells you all you need to know about the profound misreading of the moment a few years ago. … He won praise for saying the kinds of things he’d prefer everyone now to forget.
Left-wing writer John Nichols wrote a column headlined, “Mandela Barnes is speaking blunt, necessary truths.” Nichols noted that Barnes was“echoing President John Kennedy’s 1962 observation that ‘those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.’ …
By the time Democrats got around to nominating a Senate candidate in August of last year, they should have known that crime was a major political vulnerability for them, and particularly Barnes, yet they cleared the field for him.
Can you say ‘Crime’?
Desperate to allay his Defund the Police/Abolish ICE past, Barnes managed to scare up a pitiable seven law enforcement types to endorse him — one of whom is former Madison cop Gloria Reyes, who defunded school resource police officers when she headed the Madison school board. (Ron Johnson is endorsed by 51 sheriffs. But not Kalvin Barrett of Dane County. He’s on board with Barnes.)
The Capital Times (where Nichols is associate editor) supports defunding school police, so it figures they’re all in for the lesser Mandela in today’s edition.
In a cloying endorsement of 926 words, the words “crime” and “safety” were AWOL. Not even The Capital Times can rewrite that history!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If Madison’s Police Civilian Oversight Board had waited another month, they could have bagged a real cop basher. Mandela Barnes will be out of work this January when his term as lieutenant governor expires. Madison would be a great fit because he ain’t going to Washington.