GOP Gov. Scott Walker worked around the realities of the state's statistically-demonstrable slow job growth (we're #37) and sputtering recovery by citing cherry-picked data, economic-activity reporting periods and some comparative state rankings - - but could not claim that he or the state were on track to meet his signature, oft-repeated 2010 and 2012 election promises to create 250,000 new private-sector jobs.
He said 100,000 jobs had been created so far: After three years in office, he needs to be sitting on a gain of 187,000 jobs right now to hit 250,000 in another year.
If the current pace continues, Walker won't get much past fulfilling 50% of the promise.
Even that's not Jim Doyle's fault, try as Walker did to blame everything on his predecessor all these years later.
It got to be tacky. In fact, one of Walker's speech highlights and applause lines repeated a previous jobs' claim he'd made that PolitiFact rated "Mostly False" because it blamed Jim Doyle directly for job losses attributable to the historic Great Recession.As PolitiFact Tweeted:
And speaking of bobbing and weaving, what is with that Bobble-Head tic that Walker does when he reads an applause set-up line off the Teleprompter?
It looks like he's nodding in affirmation to what he's just heard - - except he's the speaker.
It's a gesture that might come from someone in the audience instead from a the speaker looking to add some validation.
At some level, Walker undertands the shaky foundation or the tinny sound of his arguments; being his own cheerleader undercuts the delivery and weakens the message.
Look for his handlers and coaches to excise it.First posted over at Purple Wisconsin: