Wisconsin Debate: Kathleen Vinehout Has Best Response, Kathleen Falk Has Worst Response

It was the best of times.

It was the worst of times.

It was the Wisconsin Democratic Primary debate just days before voters head to the polls to elect the person who will challenge Scott Walker in the recall election.

I like and very much admire Kathleen Falk, but whomever has been advising her on how best to respond with full thematic and meaningful answers to questions has not done the campaign any favors.

On Friday night there was a great question about what steps each of the candidates would take once elected, and leading up to being sworn into office.

For the umpteenth time Kathleen Falk spoke about her 14 years of experience in Dane County, and how she negotiated and helped to create jobs.  Yes, Falk has a very impressive background, and it is one reason I am going to vote for her in the primary.

But it seems to me after having watched a couple of the debates, and followed the press reports rather closely that Falk has a few paragraphs of talking points that gets presented over and over.

With all due respect I am tired of them.  I think most voters are too.

Anyone who watched the debate on Friday night must have wondered where the answer was once Falk finished telling everyone she was an elected woman from Dane County, but missed a golden opportunity to respond to the steps that comes after being elected.  There were enough words to fill the minute alloted to her for an answer, but nothing that would have made a voter feel any reason to pull the lever for her.

And that to me is sad.  Falk is most capable, and yet she seems tied to some sentences in a campaign script that make her look empty of other thoughts. If that is her way of introducing herself to voters I have to question the other options that were left on the cutting room floor.

She might have spoken about bridging the divide with meetings and coffee with legislators from both sides of the aisle, or forming a working group to start dealing with needed issues such as a venture capital bill, or mining legislation.  Granted, the last one has political risks associated with it, but hopefully in June we are going to elect a leader and not just a governor.

But Falk seemed too interested in those talking points question after question.  And it left me feeling too much time was squandered.

Meanwhile Kathleen Vinehout sent one response sailing over the walls of the ballpark when she looked into the eyes of the questioner and the audience at home and spoke about the need to make sure laws are followed, and the process of government treated with respect.


I clapped my hands, put my hand on James’ shoulder, and told him that is what Wisconsin needs to hear.

Debates, and I can hardly stand that term for the event that was on television tonight, should be robust exchanges that move the dialogue forward.

What was presented instead was a series of statements and remarks that have been given multiple times so that the other candidates know what is coming, and how they will then respond.

In the end Tom Barrett won the debate, and is on his way to winning the primary come Tuesday.

Where Is The Outrage Over Protecting The Second Amendment At Republican National Convention In Tampa?

A decision has been made to ban carrying guns into the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  I  am most concerned about the restrictions of constitutional rights for all those attending, and wonder where the NRA members are this morning with outrage and condemnation over such a slap at the 2nd Amendment.

As it stands there is no way that any delegate can get into the convention building locked and loaded.

Is this the type of America conservatives can be proud of?

Consider all the dreadful possibilities that awaits unarmed people in the land of weird hats, over-sprayed hair, and comb-overs.

What happens if one of the men makes an attempt to rape a female delegate just like we all are warned about over and over when being told about the need for concealed weapons?

What happens if a black man with a bag of Skittles somehow gets onto the convention floor?  Granted delegates in Florida would need to consider grabbing smelling salts as well as a weapon..but there will be no gun to grab!

What about some fox moving too close to Todd Palin, and there is poor defenseless and weaponless Sarah Palin left with only her wit and vocabulary to make sure her man does not forget who he is chained to.  Where will Palin go to get a weapon if they are not allowed to bring the guns with them?

Good Lord, next the Republicans will not even get to carry extra ammo in their back pockets and purses when meeting in Tampa.

Where is the outrage over protecting the Second Amendment?

“Supermoon” Can Be Seen In Your Backyard Saturday Night May 5th, 14% Bigger And 30% Brighter

Look up and be amazed.

At 8:40 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, according to the Griffith Observatory Sky Report, the moon will be at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth this year. (Accounting for the time zone difference, European moon-watchers will see it Sunday.) To be precise, Earth and moon will be just 221,801 miles apart — more than 17,000 miles closer than average.

NASA’s Science News calculates the moon’s appearance Saturday will be “as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012.”

Some call what’s known as a perigee full moon a “supermoon,” which may or may not be accurate. EarthSky gives a lengthy explanation of the term and concludes with this: “Bottom line: The full moon of May 5 (or 6), 2012, is the closest and largest full moon of this year. Some will call it a supermoon.”

But that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to notice the difference. “There are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters,” the NASA story says. “Hanging high overhead with no reference points to provide a sense of scale, one full moon can seem much like any other.”