Is it possible to sink any lower than The Capital Times did this weekend?
Is it possible to be any more desperate, more hyper-partisan, more cynical, more ridiculous?
Is it possible to have any more contempt for its readers?
Is it possible that this self-described progressive outlet is so out of intellectual ammunition that it must resort to guilt by association, an association held by a thread so flimsy that old Tailgunner Joe McCarthy would blush with shame?
The answers are yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Over the weekend this propaganda outlet -- so shrill it makes Dem party apparatchik Mike Tate look like wise old Judge Hardy -- prostituted whatever credibility it may have had.
"Will Ron Johnson distance himself from scandal-plagued David King?" The Capital Times asked in its on-line edition of 10/30/2010.
Who the hell is David King? He's a black Milwaukee minister running as a Republican for Secretary of State. An office that will be abolished within the next five years. Doug LaFollette has been there since dirt was invented, if that helps. Nobody knows what it does.
It transpires that a woman has accused the Rev. King of date rape, well after the alleged occurrence. We did say "alleged" because they have not had their day in court.
Why is David King suddenly Ron Johnson's ward? Because the Milwaukee minister and the Oshkosh job creator once shared a platform at a tea party rally (which gives the lie to the tea party is racist story line) and because they're both on the ballot Tuesday. That's it! That's the thin filament that connects the two!
This kind of drive-by smear is all-too typical of my old alma mater. It has gotten to the point that The Capital Times disgraces any cause it supports. Since the bar has been set below ground level, it is fair to ask, "at long last, have you no shame?"
The Capital Times endorsed the criminal mastermind Chuck Chvala in all of his races. Isn't it time The Capital Times apologized?
The Capital Times endorsed that blow-dried philanderer John Edwards for the presidency and vice-presidency of the United States. Isn't it time it apologized?
For President The Capital Times endorsed little Jimmy Carter - twice.
Where was the CT editorial that called for Obama to distance himself from Bill Ayers (who dedicated his book to Bobby Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan) and to the Rev. Jeremiah "Goddamn America" Wright?
Blaska's Blog calls upon Russ Feingold, an honorable man, to disavow the eleventh-hour smear tactics of The Capital Times, the legatee of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.
Blaska's picks to click
Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
I made these picks a good five days ago (The Sconz made his just this morning) knowing that the last week before a general election can be fluid. Yet, I wouldn't change any of my predictions except for one. These are not my voting preferences but a fairly cool-headed prognostication. You can carp about mine but where are yours?
Blaska's biggest WI upsets
LaFollette, Sass, Decker lose
Biggest upset nationally
Barney Frank loses
Last Wednesday, I predicted Brett Hulsey over Ben Manski by 56-36, accounting for a Republican and an independent also in the contest. But Hulsey's problems with honesty have reached critical mass. Writing a quote for a prominent endorser is nothing new. You submit the quotation, the endorser tweaks it and then says to run with it. That did not happen with Hulsey. He wrote a quote for Spencer Black, the incumbent, Black said no go. Hulsey ran it anyway. There was always an air of desperation about Brett Hulsey on the County Board.
The notion, however, that Ben Manski will compromise with anyone is ludicrous. He is an absolutist, a totalitarian at heart. Very fightening.
Still, I don't see residents of the 77th District uprooting their Hulsey yard signs. I am sticking with Hulsey but now call it 48-42 Hulsey, with the other two divvying up the remaining 10 percent.
Either way, the 77th District is cursed and justifiably so.