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.
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!