The storyline over the past week has been Bill Clinton wagging his finger at tea partiers for their supposed proclivities for violence on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19. Let's forget the shooting of an unarmed woman at Ruby Ridge and the fatal conflagration at Waco -- all conducted by Bill Clinton's Justice Department. You want anniversaries: how about the forcible extradition to Castro's Cuba of little Elian Gonzalez, which occurred 10 years ago this month?
The Squire of the Stately Manor, boon companion to freedom lovers everywhere, attended a scholarly lecture at the UW-Milwaukee last week by guest lecturer Ann Coulter.
Of course, the university would never bring in a conservative like her to speak to the impressionable students. So the UW-M College Republicans invited her.
I sat up front and can tell you, the lady is one skinny chick! With long blonde hair that she habitually tucks behind one ear but, contrary to the blonde jokes, smart as a whip (to coin a phrase) and funny as Jeremy the Liberal denying that he is a liberal.
("Except for domestic policy and foreign policy, Obama is doing a helluva job.")
But here is what I took away from her speech, or rather, did not: my jackknife. A little penknife, really. It was either lose my place in line and return to my car or relinquish the little blade. The audience had to undergo airport-level security. Empty your pockets, get the wand probing various sensitive zones, before I could get into the auditorium at the UW-M Union.
So I left my jackknife behind. That is why your tribune of truth, justice, and political invective is no longer on the cutting edge. I do vow, however, to replace the "weapon."
Two bomb-sniffing police dogs searched the premises. The German Shepherds had police badges hanging from their dog collars. So cute! (I've got to get my camera fixed). About 30 uniformed city and campus police officers patrolled the venue, several of them stood in front of the Wisconsin Room during the 45-minute presentation facing the audience with expressionless faces.
No posters advertised Ms. Coulter's address. No article inserted into the UW-M Post student newspaper. Invitation only.
Vicki McKenna introduced Ms. Coulter to a full house of about 1,000 people. The goddess of the airwaves tells me that the level of security at UW-M "is normal for conservative speakers, at least the 'controversial' ones.
"It started when they brought a former terrorist, turned convert to Christianity, Walid Shoebat on campus and the Left threatened violence. (Karl) Rove was just there, too, and also had a high level of security.
"Instead of it being a free for all, where the lefties could disperse themselves, the college Republicans controlled the center 400 seats, which helped diminish any kind of shenanigans that might have occurred."
It's a good thing the Left is so peaceable that it needs 30 cops and weapons screening to protect them from Ann Coulter.
Blaska's Blog salutes the Wall Street Democrats
The Wall Street Journal reports that, of the $34 million given by the securities and investment industry in the 2010 election cycle, 62% has gone to Democrats and 37% to Republicans, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Once a champion of getting money out of politics, Senator Russ Feingold is hanging on to thousands of dollars from a financial giant accused of fraud. On Wednesday, Terrence Wall's United States Senate campaign called on the supposed champion of campaign finance reform to return his Goldman Sachs donations.
The Campaign Manager for Terrence Wall's United States Senate race, Ryan Murray, accuses Russ Feingold of "hanging on to Goldman Sachs campaign cash while they are under investigation." Feingold has received $14,150 from individuals employed by Goldman Sachs, Murray claims.
We're looking at regime change
The New York Times in its Sunday edition profiled Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District where young Republican challenger Sean Duffy hopes to take out congressional porkmeister Dave Obey, who has been part of the problem longer than his challenger has been alive. The northern Wisconsin district is very much considered "in play."
Oh, Mr. Obey ... that $787 billion stimulus you forced through the Congress? It added to the nation's debt but did little to help the economy, according to the National Association for Business Economics.
Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal notes that when Democrats lost over 50 House seats in the 1994 Newt Gingrich mid-term tsunami, the party's favorable rating was 62%, and for the Congress they controlled it was 53%. "They still got killed. Now the party's favorable is 38%." [WSJ 4-22-2010: Democrats at the Edge of the Cliff]
Democrats who control the governor's office and both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature are also looking very vulnerable. A poll done at the end of March showed that 47 percent of Wisconsinites said they felt worse off now than a year ago. Only 34 percent approved of the job Gov. Jim Doyle was doing and just 32 percent approved of the Legislature's job.
"Those are not good numbers for incumbents looking to hold onto power," says Scott Bauer for the Associated Press.
James Wigderson on the good, the bad and the ugly of the Democrats' attempt to govern the state of Wisconsin.
- All you need to know. "The Rev. Al Sharpton says he's ready to travel to Arizona and march in the streets to protest the state's new immigration law."
- The red badge of courage to the Wisconsin State Journal for suggesting that the teachers union take a pay cut -- like everyone else -- to resolve the Madison school district's $10.5 million budget hole!
- Goodbye to a great lady. Bea Fenton, an indefatigable Dane County Republican, has died April 19 at the age of 89. She was a retired West high school Spanish teacher.
- Let's welcome back our bicycling executives, Mayor Dave and The Kathleen with a bar of Lava soap.
- And hey, how about that Page 3 picture in Saturday's Wisconsin State Journal of the earnest UW-Madison students so concerned about "the homeless" that they erected bum boxes on campus. On one they write "100 million Americans homeless." Now, math majors, that would mean one of every three Americans has no home? One of every three?
Today's chuckle (thanks to Cousin Johan)