Monday, May 28, 2012

Walker's Habitual Forgetfulness

[Originally posted Sunday, May 27, 8:39 p.m., and revised] He says "I have no memory" of signing recall petitions against US Sen. Herb Kohl and former US Sen. Russ Feingold.

You'd think he'd remember, having been being an elected state representative at the time, either signing against another elected official, or declining.

And now having such strong feelings that recall elections are inappropriate over policy disagreements - - except when recall petitions helped force the Milwaukee County Executive out of office, and you jump into that campaign.

Walker says the petitions' issue involving the US Senators was a long, fifteen years ago.

So what about the conversation he had just a year ago with a billionaire from Beloit about dividing and conquering the labor movement in Wisconsin and setting the stage for 'right-to-work' legislation?

"Don't remember the particulars," he said.

That's some worrisome memory lapse right there.

'Don't know...Don't remember...Have no knowledge.

I was afraid I'd forget all the things Walker said he couldn't recall.

So in February - - before Walker said he forgot whether he signed those recall petitions, and other things that might have undermined his campaign  - -  I posted a few of the instances to that points to help us all remember some things Walker didn't know or just couldn't recall - -  from things he said in the taped, prank call to the fake David Koch, to some particulars in the John Doe probe, to scandals in Milwaukee County government - - all the way back to the student president election he lost at Marquette.

My personal favorite from that February 6, 2012 posting titled "In A Tempest, Scott Walker Knows Nothing."

Here's one example. After a patient starved to death at the Mental Health Complex, the gubernatorial campaign was underway and a report about it was being withheld:

Walker defends withholding Mental Health Complex report

"I don't know what's in it, so it's hard for me to say" if it should be released, Walker said. His administration had nothing to do with the report being withheld, Walker said
Don't know, again. But what good timing.

Go back to the student election in 1988, lost by Walker at Marquette after his campaign broke election rules and his supporters were caught throwing away copies of the campus newspaper when it withdrew its previous endorsement

From the Marquette Tribune:
Walker dismissed this, saying he had no knowledge of what his supporters did, according to a Tribune article from February 25, 1988.

Methinks I see a pattern.


enoughalready said...

There is another example that should be added to the list. I wish I remembered the details! As County Executive, Walker was caught fudging some numbers and he was chastised for it in a rare Journal Sentinel editorial. (If the paper had any institutional memory, they never would have endorsed him for governor.)

Anonymous said...

Walker can't remember the particulars of the conversation he had with his largest campaign donor ($500,000), who has also allowed him the use of her business' airplane.

Yeah, sure.


Anonymous said...

He clearly has a severe if convenient but chronic condition of that political disease that needs a name. Hmmmmm: Perp-heimer's.