The 'brilliant' Johnson campaign

The managing editor of Ron Johnson's hometown paper, the Oshkosh Northwestern, thinks RoJo's bumbling Senate campaign has been "brillliant" so far.

Some of RoJo's homies disagree, like this commenter:

To this point, I think his campaign advisors have done a good job at keeping Ron Johnson away from the media after seeing how he either comes across as a liar or someone acting as an expert in areas he has no knowledge. As in the govenrment loan and global warming being caused by sunspots comments.

This is the only race I am voting for a Democrat.

Or this one:

One might spend a ton of money on a parrot and teach it to say, "tax cuts and career politician" but one would still be the proud owner of a parrot. Brilliant... not so much. Ronnie, want a plastic cracker?

Many more here.

 

Bye, bye Leader Decker?

The fallout from Tuesday's defeat of State Sen. Jeff Plale by County Sup. Chris Larson may stretch well beyond the 7th Senate District.

Steve Walters in a Journal Sentinel column:

Here's why the outcome of the Plale-vs.-Larson primary fight is worth watching: Plale has worked closely with Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, who was elected leader by one vote three years ago. Without Plale's support, would Decker win re-election as leader - if Democrats keep control of the Senate in Nov. 2 general elections and if Decker is re-elected?

We can only hope that Larson's election will also change the direction of the Senate Dem caucus.  Plale could not and would not have killed the clean energy bill in the last session, for example, without Decker's blessing, cooperation, and perhaps even his direction.  Decker plays ball with the Tavern League, the gun lobby and road builders, and plays old school politics like his mentor, Chuck Chvala.  A change of leadership to a progressive, like State Sen. Mark Miller, perhaps, would let the Democrats act more like Democrats again.

About that record turnout

I said Tuesday that I would eat the hat (pictured) of the Government Accountability Board's Kevin Kennedy if Wisconsin had a record primary turnout.

Who knows what prompted him to predict that 1.2-million people, 28% of those eligible, would vote?

In reality, it was about two-thirds of that bold and silly prediction.

But all day long, right up until the polls closed, the news media continued to report that a record turnout was expected.  Not one media outlet that I found bothered to actually check any polling places to see how many people were actually showing up.

I predict that even more people will vote in  November, and the media won't know any more about turnout that day than they did on Tuesday.

By the way, did you hear about all of the attempted voter fraud?  Me neither.

Bass-ackwards analysis in Plale loss

Our friends at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are doggedly in denial about what happened in the 7th State Senate district on Tuesday, when challenger Chris Larson whomped incumbent Jeff Plale in the Democratic primary.  It is a heavily Democratic district, and winning the nomination is, as the pundits say, tantamount to victory in November.

In what poses as analysis, both columnist Patrick McIlheran and reporter Jason Stein have claimed that Larson, the more liberal Dem, beat Plale because Democratic voters crossed party lines to vote in the Republican primary for governor, presumably for Scott Walker.

That's exactly upside down.

The district, which includes Milwaukee's east side, Bay View, Cudahy, Oak Creek, and South Milwaukee, is solidly Democratic.  It consistently gives Democrats huge margins of victory in November.   Some of the Dems in  the southern suburbs,  admittedly, are more conservative than those on the liberal East Side.  But they're Democrats.

Plale won his seat in a special election in April of 2003.  He was opposed in the Democratic primary by a more liberal candidate, Joel Brennan, and a third candidate, Edwin Thaves, whom I don't even remember.

Walker will have women singing the blues

He's gotten ridden of that pesky duet partner of his, Mark Neumann, but Scott Walker will still have women singing the blues about health and reproductive rights.

While in the state Legislature:
  • Scott Walker voted to allow pharmacists to deny birth control prescriptions
  • Scott Walker voted to eliminate prevention-based family planning health care
  • Scott Walker voted to deny insurance coverage of birth control

But let him tell you himself in this video.

Walker channels Doyle's 'Help is on the way'

Scott Walker, the Republican nominee for governor who's never had an original thought, has recycled a "brown bag" theme from a campaign in another state and made it the centerpiece of his campaign.

Now, on primary night, he declares that, "Help is on the way."

That's far from an original line, of course.  But it's not even original for a candidate running for governor of Wisconsin.

It is Jim Doyle's theme from the closing days of the 2002 campaign, when he won his first term.

Doyle used "Help is on the way" in at least two television commercials.  And he began a speech to WEAC, the state teachers union, on Oct. 24, 2002 by declaring:

I am pleased to be with you today . . .  to have this opportunity to discuss my vision for Wisconsin . . . and let you all know . . . and let the people of Wisconsin know . . .

Help is on the way!

Who would have guesed it was Scott Walker who's running to serve Doyle's third term? 

 

Pro-Business Cato Institute Calls Johnson's IRB's "Corporate Welfare"

Wisconsin Republicans, bow before your new welfare queen!

The free-market, pro-business, Republican-leaning, Cato Institute, in a report entitled, "The Poltical Economy of Corporate Welfare:  Industrial Revenue Bonds," not only calles IRBs "corporate welfare," but says they are bad for the economy:

 Industrial revenue bonds tend to distort, rather than fàcilitate, the market process. Both consumer sovereignty and production efficiency are compromised when IRBs are used to support failing or inefficient business enterprises. Further, the increasing use of IRB finance alters relative prices, which makes it more costly for consumers and producers to make accurate decisions regarding resource uses. The entrepreneurial process whereby resources are put to their most highly valued uses is disrupted.

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