January 1, 2013
Was it my imagination, or did 2012 suck? Of course, for Democrats it sucked less than it did for Republicans because at least Obama got reelected. That was probably the big story.
Another story was (and continues to be) the shootings at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. These kinds of things have the ability to shake one to the core. In Wisconsin, we also had the shooting at the Sikh temple and the one at the Azana Spa in Brookfield. On Christmas Eve, we were greeted with another shooting of the on-duty police officer, Jennifer Sebina, in Wauwatosa by her husband.
And of course, politics dominated here in Wisconsin and nationally with the recall elections and the presidential contest.
The conflicts in the Middle East continued to dominate the news. From the continuing conflict in Afghanistan to the uprisings in many countries in that area, people continued to die.
And then there’s the #fiscalcliff.
Many are glad to see 2012 in the rear view mirror.
September 25, 2010
The first “debate” for Wisconsin governor between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett was held tonight. The next will be Oct. 8 and one will follow Oct. 15. There’s video here if you want to see it.
Here are my impressions.
First of all, it was not a debate. Opening statements were made by both candidates and then a panel of three took turns asking questions. There was little room or time for rebuttal. The debate ended with closing statements by both candidates.
Both seemed well-prepared. I didn’t notice any slip-ups although I’m sure some one will find some.
Nor did I hear any new ground. Most of the talking points I’d heard before. The themes for Walker were tax cuts and getting government to work for people again. Barrett’s themes were that Wisconsin needs adult leadership and we have serious problems that need serious answers.
Barrett was more often on the attack. Walker was content, for the most part, to present his program, although he attacked as well.
The winner? Each side will claim victory, although the format precludes determining a clear winner.