We’re going to blame some of the people in this room

Like Vito Corleone at the Commission!

Got to say it: Becky Kleefisch would have beaten Tony Evers. But she got snowed under in the Republican primary by Tim Michels’ millions and by Trump’s endorsement of Michels. As late as this summer Trump’s benediction moved mountains — but only among GOP hard-liners. That endorsement — it says here — crippled Michels for Tuesday’s general election against a weak incumbent.

Like Trump two years ago, Michels under-performed in prosperous, suburban Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties. The beating heart of Republican Wisconsin! None dare call them RINOs!

At long last, can we tell Donald Trump “you’re fired”? Can our encounters with that sorry sore loser be limited to Court TV? When Republicans cannot beat John Fetterman (seemingly created in a la-BOR-atory by a deranged scientist), you know the chief insurrectionist is a dead weight on the party. Fetterman is a Democrat(ic) pick up, replacing moderate Republican Pat Toomey, who did not run for re-election.

Didn’t help that Pennsylvania’s all-Trumpy nominee for governor, Doug Mastriano — a Stolen Election un-truther — got steam-rollered (verb, intransitive). A drag on the ticket.


“Yes, the Trump bullying is over.”

— WI State Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie

The devil went down to Georgia

Will Trump cost us the Senate again this term? We are assuaged by Ron Johnson’s victory. Democrats need to rethink nominating the Wokest of the Woke. The Marquette Law School poll got it right once again, calling RoJo by 2 points over the lesser Mandela Barnes.

But Trump is responsible for Herschel Walker, who trails Raphael Warnock in Georgia heading into a run-off next month. For that matter, Trump is responsible for electing Warnock in the first place in the 2020 run-of. The unreality show star basically told voters then that elections were rigged so why bother? Georgia is especially grating because — by contrast — its Republican governor won big!, defeating Stacey Abrams 53.4% to 45.9%. Brian Kemp, remember, thumbed his nose at Donald Trump’s attempt to subvert Georgia’s presidential vote in 2020.

We missed an easy get in New Hampshire where Trump-endorsed election denier Don Bolduc lost by 10 points to a vulnerable Senator even as the Republican governor sailed to victory by 15 points. In Michigan, Trump sabotaged incumbent congressman Republican Peter Meijer in favor of a Republican In Trump Only. Result: that Grand Rapids district elected its first Democrat to Congress in 48 years. In Arizona, Trumpbots Kari Lake and Blake Masters were losing for governor and senator, respectively. 

Even Trump apologists are starting to get it.

The national Republican party belongs to Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida. Beat his Democrat opponent — a former popular governor himself — like a rented mule! 19 percentage points in a state George W. Bush won by only 500 votes 22 years ago. His election night crowd, if we heard our b&w Philco correctly, chanted “Two More Years!” That would take DeSantis halfway through his term to 2024.


“Ron DeSantis is a rallying point for those who wish to move on from Donald Trump.”

— Newt Gingrich on Fox News

Handily re-elected, “Little Marco” Rubio (as Trump calls him) has six years to tell Trump to stuff it. WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos will not soon forget that Trump did robocalls for Adam Steen. Vos can now confiscate Rep. Tim Ramthun’s red stapler.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: MAGA maniac Loren Boebert lost her House seat last night in Colorado. Blaska doesn’t purge but voters do.

Can we be done with Trump and his circus clowns Steve Bannon, Alex Jones, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, John Eastman, Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon Shaman, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers?
Can we throw in Sean Trumpitty, for good measure!

About David Blaska

Madison WI
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40 Responses to We’re going to blame some of the people in this room

  1. One Eye says:

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

    Scott Adams had a good take:

    “Does candidate quality matter these days?

    I would have said yes before Biden and Fetterman succeeded. Looks like it’s nothing but team play now.”

    The Democrats are better team players, and boring, brain damaged or senile candidates can be very good team players.

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  2. richard lesiak says:

    Bottom line….tRump screwed you AGAIN.

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  3. As far as I can tell, the Donald Trump boat anchor dragging candidates into the abyss of failure was only effective to drag down some of the candidates he endorsed, but the fact that it did drag down prominent candidates in prominent swing states IS signature significant as in an act that is so remarkable that it has predictive and analytical value, and should not be dismissed as statistically insignificant and the Republican party needs to take notes.

    I would truly like to see Republicans across the board distancing themselves from all things Donald Trump and essentially disarm Trump, don’t talk about Trump at all, stick to the political issues and blow off Trump thus stripping him of his political clout. It’s time to ostracize the political troll Donald Trump and let him flail his loose cannon rhetorical mouth about without giving his narcissism any satisfaction.

    It’s very clear that it’s time for Republicans to move on and pin the badge on a new Sheriff.

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    • patrickmoloughlin says:

      Trump couldn’t do the one thing that was necessary for him to do to help Republican candidates this year: Shut up.

      But he could not stand that HE was literally, not on the ballot. Look at these rallies where he would come in to help a candidate. He talks about himself and barely mentions the candidate. He humiliated Vance saying he “wanted to kiss my ass” to get his precious endorsement. Ron Johnson smartly kept him at arm’s length, didn’t ask for an endorsement and didn’t talk about him or the 2020 election. He wins. Michels waved that endorsement around for months, before making it conspicuous by its absence. Oz tried the same maneuver in PA, but it seems that Trump endorsement started looking like an albatross as soon as the primaries were over. And neither Oz nor Michels could ever get rid of the stench by election day. Trump was not the difference in every race, but he was a negative factor overall for most Republicans.

      Unfortunately, he couldn’t stop “hinting” (with a sledgehammer) about his big announcement next week. Now he can’t delay it (or better yet, decide to not run) or he’ll look weak. And Donald doesn’t do weak. So he’s forced to plunge ahead with negative momentum. Here’s hoping DeSantis catches fire,

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  4. DeSANTIS 2024 says:

    KLEEFISCH IS TO BLAME FOR MICHELS DEFEAT! AFTER HER DEFEAT SHE TOOK HER BALL N WENT HOME. NO MICHELS ENDORSEMENT OR SUPPORT! ENJOY ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF PENCIL NECK GEEK MISERY BECKY!!

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    • DeSANTIS 2024 wrote, “KLEEFISCH IS TO BLAME FOR MICHELS DEFEAT! AFTER HER DEFEAT SHE TOOK HER BALL N WENT HOME. NO MICHELS ENDORSEMENT OR SUPPORT!”

      There is some truth to that opinion, but there’s also truth in the opinion that the Donald Trump endorsement was a political boat anchor to Tim Michels.

      I think it’s very clear that Becky Kleefisch didn’t want a political tether connecting her in any way to Donald Trump, thus the lack of an endorsement, that was her choice to make and I’ll not fault her for it. There is some truth to the opinion that Michels supporters would have supported Kleefisch in the final election where many of the Kleefisch supporters stuck up their noses up at Michels because of the Trump endorsement.

      The tunnel-visioned never-Trump absolutist Republicans are the real reason for Michels loss and that signature significant bell better be ringing loud and clear in the ears of the entire Republican Party or they’re heading for a huge failure in 2024.

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      • DESANTIS 2024 says:

        People need to STOP connecting Trump to everything n everyone! Need to FOCUS on the REAL PROBLEM AKA LUNATIC LIBS LIKE BIDEN- EVERS- BARNES DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY! All you Michels No Vote Bcs of Trump ENJOY 4 MORE YEARS OF WISCONSIN MISERY UNDER TAX N SPEND GOV. GOOBER errr EVERS!
        Bcs You Can NOT See The Big Lib Nightmare Picture Through Your Trump Blinders Wis Will Be A 4 Year DONKEY DUMP!
        THANKS EINSTEINS!

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      • David Blaska says:

        You’re blaming the voters?

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        • David Blaska wrote, “You’re blaming the voters?”

          Seriously David, that is what you got out of my comment and what you’d like to address? Well okay then.

          Let me say this plainly, when tunnel-visioned never-Trump absolutist Republicans chose not to vote for the chosen Republican gubernatorial candidate simply because that candidate got an endorsement from Donald Trump then yes David, they are part of the problem and part of the reason that Michels lost the election.

          Here are some statistical facts.
          • There were 1,409,467 votes cast for the Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

          • There was 1,610,184 votes cast for the Republican presidential candidate in 2020.

          • There were 1,266,126 votes cast for the Republican gubernatorial candidate and 1,355,409 votes cast for the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in 2022. By the way, the voter numbers for this gubernatorial election are almost identical to the 2018 gubernatorial election, voters should have learned about their lack of voter turnout from losing to Evers in 2018.

          Back to your question; do I blame the voters? Well yes to a point, but it would be much more accurate to say that I blame the typical Republican voters that we know from statistics are out there that didn’t bother to get off their a$$ and vote for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in this election. I point my finger directly at them.

          Bias is a huge problem these days and extreme bias against anything that’s can be tangentially connected to Donald Trump is just stupid. I know for a fact that there are tunnel-visioned never-Trump absolutist life-long Republicans that chose not to vote for Michels simply because of the Trump endorsement and that is pushing extreme bias to a level of utter stupidity.

          Democrats and the narcissist Trump tried to make this election all about Trump, Republicans fed the beast and extreme anti-Trump bias made some people really stupid. The Democrats were right to paint all Republicans as MAGA Republicans in their immoral anti-Republican propaganda because they knew it would irrationally triggered extreme bias and keep Republican voters away from the polls; nice job to all you immoral Democrats out there reading this.

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        • David Blaska says:

          Donald Trump alienates. He does not proselytize. Republicans voted Republican; that wasn’t the problem. Not everyone identifies as Republican or Democrat, Steve.

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        • David Blaska wrote, “Donald Trump alienates. He does not proselytize. Republicans voted Republican; that wasn’t the problem. Not everyone identifies as Republican or Democrat, Steve.”

          Yup I know all those things and I think I’ve stated may times that I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, I’m an Independent and have been all by life.

          I guess I’m not real clear the purpose of your comment, can you give me some more details so I can fully understand what you’re trying to tell me?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Why would she support a guy who wants to take away women’s rights, tells gays to not walk the streets and was endorsed by a crazy person? She kept her mouth shut and will come back next election. Smart lady.

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      • Desantis 2024 says:

        Why would you support a Goober that ADVOCATES POLICY FOR RECORD Gas – Inflation- Recession- Crime- Border Destruction – Business/ School Lockdown- Bear Markets- Blm Antifa Riots- Oil Resv Depletion- Afghan Disaster- Baby Murder- Child Groomers- Trillion $ Spending- Brain Dead “President” – Supply Shortage – Energy Fail TELL ME WHEN TO STOP!!

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  5. One Eye says:

    “I would truly like to see Republicans across the board distancing themselves from all things Donald Trump and essentially disarm Trump, don’t talk about Trump at all, stick to the political issues and blow off Trump thus stripping him of his political clout. ”

    Good advice …. don’t mention Trump, leastwise not 4 times in one sentence.

    Trump that!

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  6. fritzderkat says:

    I think we be plenty phuqued.

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  7. wipam says:

    Trump didn’t endorse Michels until the GOPe gang in WI led by Preibus, et al told him who he was. This was old money, old GOP guys who supported Tommy for a run against Tammy and then gave him no money once he won the primary. We normal schmos wanted a change back then but we were told nope, Tommy’s our best chance. We were told again Michels is our best chance. Just another rich guy connected to the old gang. Kleefisch would have brought new energy to our state.

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  8. Jon Burack says:

    I agree thoroughly with Blaska here, no need to add a thing. It’s up to DeSantis.

    I did want to report on the yard signs issue that Blaska mentioned a few days back. I said then thata here in East Lansing, MI (which is like Madison, without the tear gas – mostly), only two yard signs were out for the one school board candidate (out of ten) who had a mild, reasonably anti-woke agenda. Well, he did not win a seat, but he did get several thousand votes. Even though I saw only two yard signs for him anywhere. In general, I never see yard signs for conservatives. Some 99% are for woke liberals, with a much larger share of homes showing no yard signs at all. I take this little experiment as proof there are LOTS of gun-shy citizens among us who keep their views to themselves. I wish that would change.

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  9. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Michels couldn’t outrun the center/center-right-unpopular stands (anti SS marriage, etc.) that he took early on, and his Lead With The Nukes-Let’s Stick It To Lefty approach had too narrow an appeal.

    Glass half full?

    The Gotch is surprised he did as well as he did.

    Glass half empty?

    That alone hammers home how beatable Ichabod Evers was.

    Lest we forget amidst all this second-guess finger-pointing, WESconsin Cheerleader Numero Uno Tommy Thompson made a (IMO) head scratching, unforced error by bypassing the eminently electable Kleefisch in favor of Michels.

    Glass half full 2.0?

    It’s a guilty, if cringeworthy, pleasure watching Lefty hilariously puffing out their concave chests while cluelessly crowing that they didn’t get pasted by as much as they thought they would.

    If THAT ain’t a LLLEEEWWWSSSEEERRRSSS LIMP Tell, The Gotch don’t know what is.

    The Gotch

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  10. Normwegian says:

    you can’t blame me, or my wife, daughters, or SILs for Rebecca’s loss, We all voted for her.

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  11. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    SPECIAL MENTION goes to KnoBeto FAKE MEXICAN 0’Dorke for p!$$ing away THE_MOST of Nazi Collaborator Uncle Georgie’s money with yet another embarrassing Lefty CRASH-N-BURN!

    Thanks for playin’, Knob!

    The Gotch

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      The Figures Are In: KNOBeto FAKE MEXICAN 0’Dorke, D(lusional)-Texas, HAS P!$$ED AWAY ~ $175 million FOR THE PRIVILEDGE OF GETTING HIS @$$ SUMMARILY WHIPPED RUNNING UNSUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS IN JUST FOUR YEARS.

      Seems the only place these laughably embarrassing campaigns were running was into the ground!

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        If the gop stopped paying that fat cheeto’s legal bills they could have helped their candidates.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Hey, Blogge Idiot TROLT, your (sic) avoiding an explanation of why you linked to The Gotch’s Gravatar Page.

          Fess Up creepy, pathetic cyber-stalking Perv!

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          I would not and did not link to anything you have. I already told you that, but you seem to have the attention span of Eric Trump. Idiot.I believe your making it up just like the name you’re trying to give to AB.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          The Blogge Idiot TROLT is an inveterate LIAR.

          Proof Positive HERE ’cause the internet AND The Gotch never forget!

          The Gotch

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  12. brynstane says:

    Let us take a moment to be grateful to the woke radical Dems who forced Alex Lasry and Sarah Godlewski (after they expended considerable personal fortune) from the Dem gubernatorial primary, assuring the worst possible candidate would face Senator Johnson. Considering how close the election was, I’ve no doubt the Dems would have won had they not forced the two least onerous prospects from the race on the eve of the primary. A more competent, less partisan press would have explored what suasion was used to assure that state Dems would have no choice of candidate.

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