Friday, February 13, 2015

Walker's Preposterous Presidential Tour produces poor press

There were unflattering profiles in The Washington Post and The Boston Globe keyed to Walker's inability to finish his undergraduate degree.

Old pal Rush Limbaugh tried to help and made everything worse.

And then there was that fib - - or was it another of drafting errors that had set his pants on fire? - - he'd told to enthusiastic Iowa Tea Partiers last month which is now featured in a The New York Times column:
But about that Iowa speech: It was really a rouser. Basically, Walker talked about the “comprehensive conservative common-sense conservative agenda” he’s imposed on Wisconsin. His common-sense examples included making it easier for people to carry lethal weapons around the state and defunding the main organization that helps low-income Wisconsin women with family planning.
Mainly, though, The Speech was about waging war on public employee unions, particularly the ones for teachers. “In 2010, there was a young woman named Megan Sampson who was honored as the outstanding teacher of the year in my state. And not long after she got that distinction, she was laid off by her school district,” said Walker, lacing into teacher contracts that require layoffs be done by seniority.
All of that came as a distinct surprise to Claudia Felske, a member of the faculty at East Troy High School who actually was named a Wisconsin Teacher of the Year in 2010. In a phone interview, Felske said she still remembers when she got the news at a “surprise pep assembly at my school.” As well as the fact that those layoffs happened because Walker cut state aid to education.
Actually, Wisconsin names four teachers of the year, none of which has ever been Megan Sampson, who won an award for first-year English teachers given by a nonprofit group. But do not blame any of this on Sampson, poor woman, who was happily working at a new school in 2011 when Walker made her the star victim in an anti-union opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. At the time, she expressed a strong desire not to be used as a “poster child for this political agenda,” and you would think that after that the governor would leave her alone. Or at least stop saying she was teacher of the year.


Anonymous said...

He's a user and tool and he'll use anybody for his own personal gain even if it puts the person he uses in a compromising situation. He doesn't care about anybody but himself!

Anonymous said...

Koehler for State Senate!

David Blaska said...

From the Weekly Standard:
"Is it really inaccurate to describe someone named an "outstanding first-year teacher" by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English as a "teacher of the year" for short? I've never seen much of a difference: In the headline of this 2011 piece, I described Sampson as a "teacher of the year," but in the body of the piece I precisely described her award. [So did Walker in his book.]

But the big error in Collins's piece is her claim that "those layoffs happened because Walker cut state aid to education." Collins is talking about teacher layoffs that occurred in 2010. Walker did not become governor until 2011.

The truth is that Walker's reforms actually saved teachers' jobs. Right before the 2012 Wisconsin recall election, Walker's Democratic opponent Tom Barrett couldn't name a single school that had been hurt by Walker's policies.

Sue said...

He probably could now, but he's not mayor of Walker's home town: