Call it a lose-lose, and for Walker, it didn't end on election night yesterday.
Scott Walker's sparsely-attended campaign swing in Virginia for now-defeated gubernatorial candidate and fellow Tea Partier Ken Cuccinelli looks todau like an ambitious fool's long-distance errand, but let's give Walker archivists and political reporters some material for their 2016 campaign notebooks:
Beginning with Walker's Tea Party bona fides that seem to have diminishing value:
* "I am the original Tea Party in Wisconsin."
On the union-busting he bragged about in Virginia, some Walker fact-checking:
* When he suddenly introduced his unprecedented roll-back of public-sector collective bargaining (Act 10), Walker also said "collective bargaining is fully intact."
* And then spoke falsely when he'd said "I'd campaigned on this all throughout the election."
Now on to Walker's claims of growth in Wisconsin, where his 250,000 new jobs' pledge is waaaaaaaay behind schedule, but:
* When the actual number was 25,411, Walker said, "We're just under 100,000."
* And, finally, while Cuccinelli's crusade against women drove female voters ito the victorious Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, Walker had put himself on the wrong side of that pivotal issue by signing a bill mandating ultrasounds for women seeking legal abortions. Unmarried women (and men) gave McAuliffe a huge margin.
On this issue, a lose-lose.