Posts tagged ‘2010 election’

June 16, 2011

This is the price of apathy?

by thoughtfulconservative

I usually don’t take on Community Columnists at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I was one once. But the one in Thursday’s paper is useful for a point, because it reflects what I see in liberal thought toward conservatives.

The 2010 election saw a full 50% of the electorate sit on their hands and do nothing. Among those who did vote, one has to wonder just how much effort was put into understanding the issues, the proposed solutions and the historical performance of the candidates.

via This is the price of apathy – JSOnline.

I’ve written about apathy before, even as a member of the Community Columnists. However, Mr. Bell is not really writing about apathy.

The Republicans got elected promising jobs and have pulled a fast one on all of us. Behind the foible of “budget,” they used the issue to drive home every bit of longed for right-wing goodies – and now, some who voted for them feel duped.

Yes, this is another screed about those no good Republicans.

What was that whole brown bag lunch that the liberals liked to ridicule so much, all about anyway?

That’s right. The budget.

How soon they forget.

But that seems to be the liberal tactic, that somehow the Republicans pulled a bait and switch on the people of Wisconsin.

“Jobs was what the Republicans promised.”

Well, yeah and the brown bag lunch. Living within your means.

Hmmm, I wonder if Mr. Bell was truly “duped?” Because the article sure didn’t give the feel of one who had been duped.

So who’s doing the duping?

As usual, what it comes down to is that the GOP lied and stupid people voted for them.

Same ol’ same ol’.

August 17, 2010

Scott Walker, college dropouts, and media coverage

by thoughtfulconservative

Two friends (at least online friends) posted recently on remarks Scott Walker made to reporters after the debate in Oconomowoc. They based their posts on this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which “quoted” Scott Walker as saying,

Walker said he didn’t graduate because he got a job and he suggested that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.

Pretty plain and they drew their conclusions.

Might not be as simple.

At least when you look at the report on WITI channel 6  locally, which seems to have the entire quote. Here’s what Walker said,

“Bottom line is, I was offered a job. Like any person going into their senior year, right now particularly in this economy, if they were offered a job their senior year of college, I think most people these days would take it. That’s what I did at the American Red Cross.”

Kinda different to me. And I don’t necessarily blame the Journal Sentinel reporter although I would encourage him to work on that. But the quote in the Journal Sentinel, if read alone, is misleading.

Therefore my conclusions would be different from Chris and Cindy (although I don’t presume to think I’m changing anyone’s mind here).

Here’s my paraphrase of what Walker said:

In this economy, any senior who got a good job offer like I did at the Red Cross, might consider leaving school, since their prospects are dim even if they stay in school.

It goes without saying that it’s up to interpretation.

The Left’s other concern is voiced by Xoff,

Scott Walker, the degree-less candidate for governor, continues to describe his college career in ways that are terribly misleading if not outright fibs.

Xoff, in a magnanimous moment, says something I’ve been thinking about since this issue came up,

I don’t care whether he has a degree or not. Many dropouts, from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga to your truly (who falls somewhere in between those two) have had some success.

I don’t look at a candidate’s educational qualifications that much when deciding on a candidate. Certainly Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett are very well educated. Scott Walker does have experience running a government with a legislative body of the opposite persuasion. He’s won elections in a county that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

I haven’t decided between the two yet, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out Walker because he didn’t finish college.

August 16, 2010

Russ Feingold – 2nd amendment advocate?

by thoughtfulconservative

That’s right. Look at how this Craig Gilbert article in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel starts:

You won’t find too many Democrats these days attacking their conservative opponents for being soft on gun rights.

But that’s exactly what Sen. Russ Feingold did last week in a radio ad, trading fire with GOP challenger Ron Johnson over who’s a better friend of the Second Amendment.

“I have been one of the true leaders in fighting for a greater right to bear arms,” Feingold said in an interview last week.

My conservative friends are guffawing about now, and although Feingold doesn’t get good marks from the NRA, neither does he seem to get good marks from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

It seems mixed enough. he even seems to support concealed carry.

Not good enough for either side.

A maverick?

At least on guns.

Look, I’ll never vote for Feingold.

But he does seem to be a moderate on gun control.

A moderate? A DINO?

Nahhh.

August 5, 2010

Barrett, Neumann, Walker agree!

by thoughtfulconservative

The three major candidates for governor in Wisconsin are united in their opposition to toll roads for all drivers.

via Today’s TMJ4.

Refreshing, isn’t it?

August 5, 2010

At least one debate will happen…

by thoughtfulconservative

Republican gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker will participate in a ground-breaking 60-minute, commercial-free, town hall meeting originating from Eckstein Hall, the new Marquette University Law School building. It will be broadcast statewide on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m.

via WisPolitics.com.

Contrary to what seems like common wisdom among front-running politicians, debates are good.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Please don’t get into a pissing contest to prove which one is the most conservative/outsider/supported/etc. Not interested.

2. Tell me what you hope to accomplish. Make it as specific as you can.

3. Be ready to defend what you did while holding public office. Don’t give me spin.

4. Don’t make stuff up. We will eventually find out and you will be embarrassed by it later.

There’s probably more, but that will do for now.

June 25, 2010

Mark Neumann needs to take a chill pill

by thoughtfulconservative

Last week, I criticized Christian Slater Schneider (I promise I was sober when I wrote this post. Thanks Badger Blogger) for being too harsh on Mark Neumann, now I’ll agree with him.

Most of my readers have heard of the unfortunate accident of a section of the O’Donnell parking garage falling and killing a teen and injuring two others. Playground Politics posted about it and noted,

After giving family and friends time to mourn, it’ll be interesting to see how and when Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett approach this, and more importantly, how the Walker campaign addresses what could become a very thorny issue.

Well, it seems Mark Neumann couldn’t even wait till Monday. Today Christian tweeted, “Boy, I’m totally fooled by Mark Neumann’s attempt to make look like he isn’t blaming @ScottKWalker for killing people. He referenced this press release, which said,

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

“Government’s legitimate functions include providing safe infrastructure for its citizens. This concern must be paramount.

“It is clear that along with this latest tragedy, the county courthouse, the Zoo Interchange, and the Hoan Bridge, a number of structures in Milwaukee County are in various stages of disrepair. A full investigation and safety review is absolutely warranted, particularly for structures and facilities that have already been flagged for critical problems.

“This is heartbreaking. Sue and I are deeply sorry to hear of this terrible loss and the families are in our prayers.”

This press release could have been done just as effectively without paragraphs 2 and 3 and should have been. There is plenty of time for recriminations after the investigation. It’s extremely callous and in poor taste to use this so early for political gain.

Interestingly, Mayor Tom Barrett has not released anything yet, perhaps proving once again that Democrats are more compassionate than Republicans (No, I don’t believe that so no nasty comments please).

I’m pretty much neutral at the moment, but, Mr. Neumann, your desperation is showing. Yes, it has to be frustrating that you lost the endorsement by such a wide margin, but chill. Really. You’re not gaining yourself any friends by such displays of overeagerness.