"0ne of those pathetic bloggers who tries to make a living out of attacking other bloggers and media folk in an effort to illicit a reaction and draw traffic to his site." -- Owen Robinson of Boots and Sabers
For literally years the Brawler has bemoaned the fact that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel would expend significant resources pursuing the will-o-wisp of a vast voter fraud conspiracy but give a pass to the RPW's obvious efforts at voter suppression.
Shoot, Dan Bice couldn't even figure out who leaked a moldy, rehash of a Police Voter Fraud report that was obviously timed to do maximum damage before the last election!
But now that One Wisconsin Now has done the hard work, the Journal Sentinel has no excuse. They've done one story. Are they going to follow up or are they going to let it drop?
For the fourth straight election season, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is reverting to the voter suppression playbook, this time in cahoots with Americans for Prosperity and the Tea Baggers, One Wisconsin Now says.
The plan this time, as in previous instances, is to engage in voter caging and mount spurious challenges to likely Dem voters at polling stations.
It's analogous to actions taken in 2004, and to a lesser degree in subsequent years. In 2004 the RPW sought to strike thousands of voters from the rolls based on flimsy evidence and then sent bully boys to the polls to cause havok and create long lines in hopes of turning people away.
Exposed, the parties either lied about their involvement (the ethically challenged Mark Block, the inept RPW) or sought to downplay the significance of OWN's revelation. The lead teabagger in the conspiracy claims it's been shelved.
Color the Brawler skeptical on that. Charlie Sykes has been raising the specter of voter suppression for months now and his conspiracy mongering has only increased as November approaches. Charlie might not have principles, but he is disciplined in softening up the herd with preapproved messages from the RPW.
And one can't help recall that earlier this summer AG J.B. van Hollen, who's been more than sympathetic to GOP "concerns" about alleged voter fraud in the past, announced an expanded effort to crack down on said fraud this election season. It would be conspiratorial to suggest that that announcement was somehow related to this latest revelation were it not for the fact that he's taken direction before.
It's been, what, six years since Steven Biskupic declared there was no evidence of a voter fraud conspiracy in Milwaukee? But that hasn't stopped Sykes, Patrick McIlheran, Jeff Wagner, Reince Priebus making the (rather racist) claim that voting fraud is a powerful force in Milwaukee politics. And their efforts appear to be successful, as the transcript of the planning session contains phantasmagoric claims of buses going from polling station to polling station (what was the license plate of the bus?) and the assertion that 5% to 8% of the Wisconsin vote is fraudulent. Paranoid much? It's like Biskupic never happened.
Commenting on the case of the chatty SEIU operative, Charlie Sykes says that Phil Walzak is Barrett's campaign manager. This is in fact wrong as Walzak is Barrett's campaign spokesman. It's difficult to believe Sykes does not know this.
"More god, more family" ... and apparently more cheeseburgers, rants the salad-dodging First Dude of the hopeful Lieutenant Governor at a teabagger rally this summer. One suspects the real reason he kept his remarks brief is so he wouldn't collapse from exhaustion.
Joel: white shirts, particularly those with horizontal stripes, aren't particularly flattering.
Will Wisconsinites be letting God down if they choose not to elect Rebecca Kleefisch? Apparently Joel thinks so.
... if he wants us to seriously believe that his boxing glove ad isn't some sort of dog whistle taunt suggesting that he was going to beat Tom Barrett like the man who attacked Barrett at Summerfest.
"That was not at all what we're talking about," says hapless flack Jill Bader, she who claimed she couldn't read a Youtube link in trying to funk up the debate over high speed rail. And the race of the president was not at all what they were talking about.
One would be convinced that the attack was "not at all" what they were talking about if one hadn't read taunting references to the attack in comment threads in the Journal Sentinel or elsewhere. For instance, at Badger Blogger, there were jokes galore about the attack immediately after it happened. This is the base mind, the mind that Walker is trying to appeal to.
I don't think you understand the mentality of the current GOP base. This is in fact exactly the kind of thing you could find in the comments section of WorldNetDaily, or the NY Post for that matter.
The Walker High Speed rail ad was a taunt, the Twittertraingate was a taunt, as was this one. Or at least they easily appeared as such. Is the Walker campaign made of idiots or are they just pretending to be?
The dumbass at the RPW says he fired off the press release after listening to talk radio. One can safely assume by "talk radio" he means "Charlie Sykes," given Chuck (citing an email he received) talked about this "hallucinatory" fund raiser at the top of his show. He referred to it later while he gave Paul Ryan thousands of dollars worth of free media time.
Humorously, Chuck has bragged to his audience how he will "fact check" Russ Feingold and Barack Obama.
Chuck -- who pimped the "death panel" line before it was cool, who has claimed Obama did crack -- purports to tell "the other side of the story." But as was sagely noted on "The Wire": "A lie ain't a side of the story; it's just a lie."