RoJo, going the Feingold way

Ron Johnson's running an insipid, content-free new TV ad critical of the "Feingold way," but a conservative talk show host in the Fox Valley says RoJo is letting Feingold show the way in the Senate race. Says Jerry Bader:

Maybe playing the "I made a rookie mistake" mea culpa will play with voters as honest. Maybe it'll make him look not ready for primetime. I'm not sure. I do know this; he's playing follow the leader and that's a terrible place to be. Trust me, there will be another Feingold ad which will prompt a response, and another, and another and another. Johnson has to break that cycle right now.

... if he doesn't go on the offensive Feingold will lead him by the nose from here to November. He has to start calling out Feingold and let Feingold respond. Yeah, it'll get ugly. It'll be uglier still for Johnson if he doesn't.

So far, it's the Feingold way or the highway.

Sykes gets dunked in the toilet

Figuratively, unfortunately. Bruce Murphy of Milwaukee Magazine takes Charlie Sykes (and, by extension, Scott Walker) to task for demagoging on the Milwaukee sewage issue after a recent downpour of Biblical proportions.

I've always found it rather amusing to hear Sykes use the word 'poop' repeatedly on his program.  He's such a potty mouth.

Read Murphy here.

Heh, heh! He said wiener!

Apparently, this report from RockNetroots is true and not lifted from The Onion.

JANESVILLE — The former dean of a Janesville charter school has been reassigned jobs as the result of an investigation into whether he made a sexual comment at a picnic for students.

A district employee accused Al Lindau, former TAGOS Academy dean, of calling a hot dog a "wiener," according to a report written by Angel Tullar, the district's manager of employee relations.

What do they call that thing in the photo, anyway?

A case for change in Plale's district

The Shepherd Express unloads on State Sen. Jeff Plale (pictured, collecting campaign contributions) in a front page story this week:

Let’s face it: State Sen. Jeff Plale has been wrong on just about every issue that moderate and progressive voters in his district care about. The pro-corporate Democrat consistently votes against the best interests of the residents of his district, which runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline from UW-Milwaukee through the East Side, the Third Ward, Walker’s Point, Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek.

Since being elected to the state Assembly in 1996 and the state Senate in 2003, Plale has voted against or undermined bills that would improve the environment and help Wisconsin’s businesses become more competitive in the global economy. He’s authored bills that weaken consumer protections and environmental standards while raising funds from the corporations that benefit from his bills.

And that's just the introduction to a long list of Plale's sins. Read it all here.

Ron Johnson makes it up as he goes

Senate candidate Ron Johnson has developed a new campaign technique, and the news media seem happy to let him use it.

Caught in a contradiction, or taking a position he can't defend, Johnson simply restates the question he was answering -- although it wasn't the one he was asked.

He's done it twice -- and both times when Russ Feingold began running a commercial telling the voters about what Johnson had said.

First it was drillling for oil under the Great Lakes, something Johnson was not opposed to until it became a political issue.  Then he threw up so many smokescreens about what he thought he was saying, and what he was being asked, and claiming he didn't hear the whole question, just the parts he liked, that the media gave him a pass.  Johnson has always been against Great Lakes drilling, don'cha know?

Now it's guns.  Here's his latest statement;

“In my first days as a candidate, I used the wrong terms when discussing my strong support for gun rights and concealed carry here in Wisconsin.  I’m a first time candidate and I made a mistake. I used the term ‘licensing’ when I meant permits for the right to carry a concealed weapon.  Wisconsin is one of only two states whose citizens do not have that basic Constitutional right.  I do not, nor will I ever, support licensing or registration of firearms.

What's wrong with that? 

Sing along; You have no choice

Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott Walker and Mark Neumann sing the same tune when it comes to women's reproductive rights.  They're all for freedom from government interference, except when they're not.

Planned Parenthood Advocates captured the duet singing from the same hymnal, as it were. More info here.

Extremist Singers

Birth control could be hazardous to your job

Good grief!

From the Wis. State Journal:

A state law is forcing the Madison Catholic Diocese this month to begin offering its employees insurance coverage for birth control.

However, a diocesan spokesman said employees will be warned against using the benefit and that open defiance of Catholic teaching on the issue could ultimately lead to termination.

And he wasn't just talking about the priests and nuns, either.

Too late, Clarke denies reality

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke tries to explain away the report of a two-hour meeting where he repeatedly cursed and verbally abused a deputy for his union activity:

"Keep in mind that the person making the accusation is a political opponent who wants me out," Clarke said. "He is working against me while fighting the positive changes I have made along the way, and he has endorsed my opponent in the upcoming election."

Clarke would be much more believable if he and a toadie who was in the room during the meeting had not refused to comment when Dan Bice asked them before he wrote the column.

Here's Clarke's lame damage control.

Do you think one reason the deputies union opposes Clarke is that he treats them like dirt, as in this case? Or are they just "politically motivated?"

Clarke still refused to discuss any specifics about what he said in the meeting, by the way.

Meet the Acklands

We've been hearing a lot of nonsense from the right-wing ankle biters lately about how a Russ Feingold commercial uses the name of someone who's not a real person.

A lot of the noise has come from Charlie Sykes, so consider the source. Does the name Liz Woodhouse ring a bell?

It should. Liz was Charlie's paramour when he invited her to be a guest on his show, using a phony name. She's now his wife, and happily employed under the name of Janet Riordan at the right-wing Bradley Foundation. But that's another story.

There were plenty of reasons for Feingold not to use a real person's name in his ad, including the harassment some people have experienced from the likes of Michelle Malkin. It's the same reason you use phony phone numbers that usually start with the nonexistent 555 prefix.

The real David Clarke shows his face

If you believe that truth will out, sooner or later, Dan Bice's column on Sunday should reaffirm your faith.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is exposed as the egomaniacal, profanity-spewing tyrant he has been been behind closed doors all along, while posing for holy pictures in public.

The revelation, of Clarke's abusive, two-hour tirade against a deputy who happens to be a union officer, gives the public a rare glimpse of the real David Clarke. It is not a pretty picture.

Let's diclose that I have a personal interest, having run Clarke's first campaign for sheriff in 2002. Of all the campaigns I worked on in 20 years as a consultant, that is the one I regret the most. Clarke completely misrepresented himself to me -- lied about who he was and what he was all about, in other words -- and I swallowed it.

I recall introducing Clarke to a number of union leaders, and the presentations he'd make to them, displaying the management books he'd been reading and talking about how he wanted to "change the culture" in the sheriff's department, from a quasi-military operation with a strict chain of command to one that empowered the front-line workers to make decisions.

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