Subtle political advertising seems geared to suck in the unsuspecting, the person who takes things at face value given the nuances created by words or lack of words. In Wisconsin we have a state Supreme Court race going on between Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock. Dallet is a Milwaukee County judge who seems to want the Democrat vote and Screnock is a Sauk County judge who is backed by Republicans.
For us dyed-in-the-wool conservatives, Screnock is the obvious choice. Even with that, the advertisements of Screnock’s opponent are subtly worded so as to draw people who might not be liberal but who might also not be as intent on the race and who could easily be drawn to her side in the voting booth.
One of Dallet’s advertisements criticizes Screnock for giving a man an eight-month sentence for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Her advertisements fail to mention that the maximum penalty for that charge was nine months. Her advertisements also fail to mention that prosecutors recommended that sentence. Just an oversight, no doubt.
Dallet would like people to think of her as anything but a liberal, and that flies in the face of her fund-raising efforts on both coasts and her statement in San Francisco that “your values are our Wisconsin values that we’ve lost along the way”. She came back to accuse Screnock of being a tool of business interests, the Republican Party and the National Rifle Association. She has also raised the ‘specter’ of Donald Trump and tried to tie that to Screnock’s coattails. She referred to her use of Trump’s name as being because “We are at a moment in time right now where our values have been under attack.”
Frankly, that assortment of accusations and personal positions should be the clincher to lock in the vote for Screnock. If we needed more reason, we can always reflect on what San Francisco is today: a city in decay with liberal values and its publicly-funded heroin epidemic.
Dallet is apparently everything us conservatives deplore if we are to believe her own words and her advertisements. There is a very clear choice in this race, and it is NOT Rebecca Dallet!
Michael Screnock should be our next Justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. That is up to you and to me.