The conventional wisdom is that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun's use of performance enhancing drugs was wrong and bad, but lying about it was as bad, or worse.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin's largest newspaper, editorially urged Major League Baseball and the team to give Braun and anyone else in the same circumstance a lifetime ban.
But I am fascinated that the same newspaper endorsed Scott Walker in the 2012 recall election even though its own reporters had already begun documenting a year earlier the Walker penchant for false speaking.
"I campaigned on (the proposals in the budget repair bill for Wisconsin) all throughout the election. Anybody who says they are shocked on this has been asleep for the past two years."
Scott Walker on Monday, February 21st, 2011 in a news conference
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he campaigned on his budget repair plan, including curtailing collective bargaining.
And it kept on happening.
Gov. Scott Walker says $247,000-per-job CAPCO program was approved by former Gov. Jim Doyle:
In the wake of a story about poor jobs results of a state-sponsored program, Walker sought to pin the blame on his predecessor, Jim Doyle.
But he was off by five years, two governors -- Thompson and successor Scott McCallum -- and one political party
As governor, Doyle didn’t have anything to do with approving the CAPCO bill. But as an Assembly member, Scott Walker did. Pants on Fire.So why do we hold our Governor to a lower standard than the Brewers left-fielder?
Apples and oranges, you say? Well, ask yourself which position has the most impact on our collective life?
By the way, Walker's pattern has not changed, so expect to see it emerge in his pre-Presidential primary campaign now in full swing.
Here's a very recent example of his "Mostly False" use of crucial jobless data:
PolitiFact continues to rate Walker's statements "Mostly False," "False" or "Pants on Fire" in a majority of cases.
Scott Walker says success in office reflected in 2-point drop in unemployment rate from time he decided to run for governor