Jan 24, 201406:13 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Civility is a one-way street on Madison’s isthmus
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Democrats took great glee in marginalizing presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a member of the despised One Percent two years ago. When Republicans returned the favor in the case of the Democrats’ candidate for governor of Wisconsin, the emeritus editor of The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were a person) cried foul.
“It signals how dirty they’ll play against [Mary] Burke.”
“But this is the state of our politics today,” my old boss Dave Zweifel sermonized. “We can’t discuss real issues without name calling. We can’t address society’s problems without vilifying someone who has a different view.”
If that is his only example — and it was his only example — I think the Republic (and Ms. Burke) will survive. Every so often, my old boss — one of the swell guys of all time — squeezes a newspaper column out of the lack of civility in public life. But his dander, when raised, is awfully selective — even partisan.
Neither Dave nor anyone else at The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were an individual) could work up even a pico-curie of umbrage over:
- Partisan depictions of Rep. Ryan pushing Grandma’s wheelchair over a cliff
- Drawing Hitler mustaches on Scott Walker’s photos during the unions’ intifada
- Attempts to shut down a bank on the Capitol Square because some of its executives had contributed to Walker
- Threats to gut and dress out the governor’s wife like a deer
- The spokesman for the state Democrat(ic) Party likening the governor to serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer
- An MSNBC host fantasizing about defecating on Sarah Palin, another mocking Mitt Romney’s interracial family
- Anything that Segway Jeremy and his merry band of union protesters said and did, including mocking the death of newsman Dick Wheeler
- State Rep. Christine Sinicki, D-Milwaukee, tweeting during Wednesday’s State of the State address: “OMG ... this speech is so full of [expletive]; I wish I could get up and walk out.”
The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were a human being) pulled the alarm cord when slo-mo replays of the State of the Union speech in 2010 revealed Justice Alito mouthing (inaudibly) the words “not true” when President Obama mischaracterized the Citizens United decision. Perhaps civility is a partisan issue at the First Amendment-protected corporation.
For shame, Gov. Burnham
In this, the local progressive party organ resides well within the news media mainstream. I quote from this national news source:
It is astonishing and cannot go unremarked that Mississippi’s Gov. Frank “Boo” Burnham, the conservative who won a 2011 landslide, gave an interview Friday in which he demonstrated all that is wrong in American politics — all its division, its intolerance, its ignorance and sickness.
Burnham damned and removed from the rolls of the respectable everyone in his state who is pro-choice, who is for some form of gun control, and who supports gay marriage. In a radio interview marked by a tone of smug indignation and self-righteousness, Burnham said “extreme liberals” who are “for abortion, who hate guns, who want homosexuals to marry — if that’s who they are they’re the extreme liberals, they have no place in the state of Mississippi because that’s not who Mississippians are.”
My source is the inimitable Peggy Noonan, who continues, “You guys know Boo Burnham doesn’t exist, right? And you know which other governor said remarks that were the same, except ideologically reversed, right?”