I'd intended on posting nothing for today, but Scott Walker has managed one last 2011 manipulation by politicizing the holidays, so a response is in order:
Look to the sanctimonious and downright weird TV ad where the recall-threatened Governor urges us at the holiday season to "put our differences aside" - - though it is wife Tonette who delivers that message.
He limits his role at that moment to an obviously staged nod - - and you know what?
We've seen that arrogant gesture before!
Remember the advertising stagecraft where Walker sidled up from the dark to give Lt. Gov. candidate Rebecca Kleefisch a silent signal of affirmation with confidently folded arms and a closing nod - - arrogant body language that says, 'Don't worry, little people. I know she's right. No further concern from you is necessary.'
Just in case he or anyone else wonders why we have our differences this year, let's go to the transcript of the recorded call from the fake David Koch - - where we get to hear that same attitude not spun or filtered by a spokesman, spouse or screenwriter.
This is an exciting time. This is — you know, I told my cabinet, I had a dinner the Sunday, or excuse me, the Monday right after the 6th. Came home from the Super Bowl where the Packers won, and that Monday night I had all of my cabinet over to the residence for dinner. Talked about what we were gonna do, how we were gonna do it. We’d already kinda built plans up, but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb.Elsewhere in the tape you can hear the real Walker approach to handling differences - - in a democracy:
...if they think I’m caving, they’ve been asleep for the last eight years ’cause I’ve taken on every major battle in Milwaukee County and won, even in a county where I’m overwhelmingly overpowered politically, and, ’cause I don’t budge.
...We’re not compromising, we’re not gonna...
...and as long as they don’t think I’m gonna cave — which, again, we have no interest in...Is that a citizen leader working openly on change? Taking people with whom he has differences into the discussion, where everyone works together to end up nodding at the end in agreement?
And my sense is, hell, I’ll talk to them. If they want to yell at me for an hour, you know, I’m used to that, I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.