Hard not to miss the dismissive treatment Scott Walker gave reporters when he dropped into the state from his national travels and signed during a tightly-scripted Monday appearance at a Brown Deer company the controversial, fast-tracked 'right-to-work' bill.
The governor tweeted his action through both his campaign and official accounts, but left Badger Meter without taking questions from Wisconsin media — the same approach he took on Saturday at two political events in the early presidential state of Iowa.
No way Walker was going to take questions about the disinterest he'd expressed in 'right-to-work' legislation during his 2014 gubernatorial campaign, and his earlier opposition.
And he certainly wasn't going to open himself up to related questions about recent flips on issues from Big Government ethanol mandates, to immigration reform and other issues.
Walker right now doesn't much need Wisconsin reporters, space in their papers or time on their air, just as I'd noted in November that he didn't Wisconsin voters anymore, either.
He's free of the state electoral process for another four-year cycle, and, as a presidential hopeful, is far more likely now to speak with Fox News or national righty talk radio or selected out-state media as dictated by the early primary and caucus calendars.
A veteran politico I know said it's as if Walker has triggered a breakup with Wisconsin media; he's the party in the relationship who has changed, is looking elsewhere and moving on.
What I like about the metaphor besides its clarity is that those who have been kicked to the curb can always play the jilted ex.
After all, they're the ones who could air and share the dirty linen, as pride goeth before the primaries.Cross-posted at Purple Wisconsin.