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0818, 29 Jan 19

Gov. Tony Evers’ SOS

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online. Check it out online or pick up a copy. It’s about Evers’ abortive and illegal effort to withdraw the state from the Obamacare lawsuit. Here’s a part:

Evers is trying to create an alternate reality where he was in the right. The problem with that is he did not say it in an off-the-cuff remark. He made a formal declaration in his State of the State address. Presumably, such a formal speech had been vetted, reworked, and fact-checked by his staff and himself multiple times before it was delivered. He is an educator by profession and had ample time to write the statement in a way that people could understand his meaning without having to divine Evers’ worldview.

There can only be two rational explanations for Evers’ blunder, and refusal to own up to it. Either Evers is simply a liberal activist who will run roughshod over the law in pursuit of his agenda unless he is checked, or he lacks the competence necessary to write a coherent speech — much less run a state.

Either way, for those of us who were hoping, despite our political differences, for honesty and competence in the Evers governorship, this early bungle does not bode well for the next four years.



0818, 29 January 2019


  1. Merlin

    “Evers is trying to create an alternate reality where he was in the right.”
    Evers has a pretty good gig.
    Creating alternate realities is at the very core of the liberal mind. Lying to themselves and each other is standard practice. Believing the lies and investing hope in the alternate reality allows them to blame others for unrealized fantasies. 
    Evers hasn’t bungled anything. Evers is just being a good liberal. He need not accomplish a damn thing during his term to be seen as a raging success by his base(s) as long as he continues to voice the lies they want to hear. He’s free to be a flaming liberal because there will be no real consequences for being one. Republicans will rather conveniently be blamed for all unrealized liberal expectations. 
    Evers has a really good gig.

  2. dad29

    I’ll take Door # 2:  incompetence.  This will be a long 4 years, although it will be a great TeeVee comedy, too.

  3. jjf

    Merlin, never mind the unrealized liberal expectations.  I’d be happy if the WisGOP simply got the blame for everything they did in the last eight years.

  4. Jason

    jjf, like Unemployment rate of 8.7% in 2010 to 3.3% in 2017?


    Typical lefty nut.

  5. jjf

    Jason, you think it’s the WisGOP policies that should get credit for that?  Not Obama?

  6. steveegg

    What’s with the either/or here?

  7. Jason

    >Jason, you think it’s the WisGOP policies that should get credit for that?  Not Obama?


    Typical lefty nut.

  8. dad29

    How about having cash to spare instead of stealing from various “trust” funds?

  9. jjf

    Jason, when was Obama president?  What sort of economy was in play when he took office?

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