Whispers in the sheriff's campaign

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a Republican in Democratic clothing, is facing a primary challenge from Chris Moews (pronounced Mays), a Milwaukee police lieutenant who's actually a Democrat.

And since there's a big GOP primary, which means Democrats might actually decide who gets the nomination, Clarke, although still the favorite, is a little worried.

His campaign's strategy is an interesting one;  Trying to make Moews seem like he's not really a Democrat, or not Democratic enough, at least.   Talk about the pot calling ...

On Avoiding Blame, Part One, Or, Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Drill No Evil.

I am one of those people who will actually watch those boring, boring, hearings on C-SPAN that most of us flip right on past while watching TV, and this past week I’ve been watching one of the longer events the channel broadcasts...but it’s been far from boring.

The Coast Guard and what used to be the MMS were in Houston looking into what caused the Gulf oil spill and they’re taking testimony from representatives of the involved parties...and let me tell you, this is more than just an accident inquiry—it’s also a warm-up for the lawsuits that are surely going to follow.

We’ve had dozens of trial attorneys basically conducting a deposition process, witnesses who can teach a master course in “plausible unawareability”©, BP employees who have taken the Fifth and refused to testify at all, and, overseeing the entire process, a retired Federal District Court Judge and a Coast Guard Captain who might very well be on the way to trading his eagles for stars one day soon.

Do you really believe all those “we’ll make it right” BP commercials?

If you watch this hearing, that impression may well change.

Beating up the consultants

Scott Walker's tasteless and thoughtless new TV commercial, in which he dons boxing gloves and promises to come out swinging and keep on punching at Tom Barrett until he knocks his block off (that's not the language but it's the image) has gotten him a heap of publicity -- the kind you don't want, unless you subscribe to the theory that all publicity is good.

The Associated Press, which first pointed out that Walker was threatening to beat up a guy who'd already been beaten up when playing Good Samaritan last summer, Tom Barrett, asked a political science professor for an opinion (who knew it was a science?):

The fighting metaphor is a common one in politics, but the Walker campaign should have thought twice before using it against Barrett, said University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin.

"The Walker campaign doesn't have any strategic or tactical reason to want to remind voters of Barrett getting into a fight," Franklin said.

Accuracy begins at home

Word is that the Journal Sentinel is about to launch a big new project, with several staffers, to fact check statements being made during this election campaign.


Ho hum.  It will, of course, be a pox on everyone's houses.  It's totally predictable that no political statement will completely pass the newspaper's test.


Here's hoping they start there fact checking with the columns and blog of one Patrick McIlheran, a JS employee who never lets an inconvenient fact get in the way of his  right-wing agenda.


His editors clearly aren't up to it.  Maybe the new team will be.


Wanna bet?


UPDATE: If Paddy's too close to home, they could always check Cousin Charlie's report on the Pelosi fundraiser that never was.


Johnson's "don't cost taxpayers a penny" Loan Actually Cost Tax Payers 45.5 Million Pennies

In yet another ridiculous claim, Ron Johnson said yesterday that a bond loan his company got where the lender got over a million in interest income at a basement-bargain tax rate of zero "didn't cost taxpayers a penny." 

This is simply not true.

Primary Fundraising Deadline

Just wanted to remind all of you that today is the fundraising deadline for the primary.  Support your favorite candidates on the right by slipping them a little love in the way of cash. I've done mine.  You can make a one-time donation or a montly donatioin right on-line with a credit card.  Many of these candidates are facing a rough time in this election cycle, and could use your help.  Vote with your bucks.

Johnson: Who me?!? I Didn't Start Company!

In a hilarious turn of events, Ron "from the ground-up" Johnson is now defending himself against charges that he was once the kind of welfare queen he claims to hate, with the ultimate alibi: he wasn't even in the state when the company (he claims he started) got the welfare!

He tells WKOW's Bob Schaper:

"This grant was secured in March of 1979 by Wisconsin Industrial Shipping Supplies in exchange for a substantial business investment for the City of Oshkosh.  Ron Johnson moved to Wisconsin in June of 1979 and started Pacur, which has become a true Wisconsin success story." 

Ah, the wicked web we weave.

The problem with this alibi is that it is yet another contradiction of Johnson's riduculous claims that he started PACUR from the "ground-up."  

Apparently to Johnson, "ground-up" means arriving in Wisconsin married to the Shrink-Wrap Princess and being dropped into a multi-million dollar facility that is already built, has a multi-million dollar transportation infrastrure in p


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