Wednesday, July 15, 2015

National media unmasking Walker

Well, he's had 48 hours as an official GOP candidate for president, and high-profile writers today nationally do not like what they see:

The conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in today's Washington Post rips Walker's unprompted and self-serving gay-bashing and then warns the candidate and his spin machine about their selective spin and silence:
The problem with the governor’s on again-off again approach to social issues and selective response to questions is that it does not work for long. He will face skilled interviewers. He will be on a debate stage. He will be hit with ads for those who have been more consistent on these issues. Spokespeople will not be able to defend him 24/7, and the constant clarification and revisions — as we saw on immigration — will make matters worse.
Separately, The New York Times Frank Bruni gives a searing review of Walker the candidate and Walker the man.
In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher’s son and invoked religion repeatedly, as he has throughout a perpetual candidacy that stretches back to his college days, when he told the Marquette University yearbook: “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.”
But what I see in him is the kind of soullessness too common in American politicians and the kind of careerism that makes American politics such a dreary interest in personal advancement that eclipses any investment in personal growth.


Anonymous said...

I hope he makes it to at least one debate. I will enjoy the nationally televised humiliation.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't anyone covering his various statements in the past that PROVE Walker will cut Social Security and Medicare to reduce the deficit? On his Winnebago tour, Walker is saying no reforms for anyone older than him. Is that right??? Well, numerous times Walker said reforms needed to be made & age was never a factor! Watch out seniors - you vote Walker in, you WILL see a reduced social security payment and Medicare voucher program.
Scott Walker prefers adjustments to Social Security, Medicare over federal 'sequester'
By Tom Tolan of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 23, 2013
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Bloomberg TV that he'd rather the federal government reduce its deficit by adjusting entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare than through across-the-board cuts that are scheduled to take effect March 1.
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Walker Says Entitlements Should Be Cut to Reduce Deficit
by William Selway
February 22, 2013 — 11:00 PM CST

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Congress should reduce the budget deficit by paring back spending on Social Security and Medicare instead of relying on across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
“Long-term, there’s got to be some sort of entitlement reform,” Walker, 45, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “You’ve still got to start tackling some of these entitlement reforms now.”The governor said entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security, are expanding the federal budget deficit. Cutting entitlements won’t hurt the economy, he said.
“I don’t think that has a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Politically, it may be a challenge for some folks in this town, but it’s something that has to be done.”
What do all you suburban seniors think about that? If Walker cuts your check - it won't hurt the economy?