For a front running Presidential candidate, Scott Walker doesn’t seem to know very much
Scott Walker has made a name for himself as the Governor of the State of Wisconsin. His strong stance against public sector unions catapulted him to the national stage. Having effectively ended collective bargaining for most Wisconsin public workers, he was made an instant conservative star within the Republican Party.
Despite the public backlash and threat of a recall election, Scott Walker stuck to his guns. With the help of out of state conservative donors (who spent eight times more than Walker’s rival) and Walker’s newly imposed voter ID law, Walker became the only Governor in American history to survive a recall election.
Walker’s strong anti-union policies are something of legend among conservatives/Republicans and it is likely the driving force behind his presidential aspirations. Walker also proved in the recall election that the money of billionaire conservative donors isn’t wasted on him. Together it has quickly made him the Republican front runner.
It’s puzzling to me however, why after carefully crafting his brand with bold, uncompromising actions, Walker has now decided to play dumb with the press.
First came the question of evolution. “I’m going to punt on that one.” Walker stated on a visit to London. Evolutionary theory is a question politicians “shouldn’t be involved in one way or the other” he added. Except evolution is a legitimate question for any aspiring leader of the free world. At the very least the answer would indicate whether he will lead the country from a scientific or religious frame of mind.
Last week, Scott Walker was asked to comment about a statement made by Rudy Giuliani during a fundraiser for him, in which the former Mayor of New York said “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”
Walker once again side stepped the question; “You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. “I’ve never asked him so I don’t know.”
Is that really a question you need to ask the President, whether he loves the country he volunteered to lead? Why do conservatives always insist on questioning someone’s patriotism when they fail on questioning their policies?
This past Saturday, given Scott Walker’s response to the Giuliani query, Walker was asked whether or not he believed President Obama was a Christian. Not wanting to break the current trend, Walker once again said “I don’t know.”
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said in a calm and firm voice. “I’ve never asked him that.” Either Walker has been living under a rock for the past six plus years or there is something else behind his stupid answers.
Could Walker really be playing dumb to not lose brownie points with his equally ignorant base of Tea-Party type voters? You know, the ones who despise our America hating, racist, Muslim, communist President from Kenya.
If that’s the case, Walker should realize that the Republican Primaries are going to force the truth from him long before he wins the nomination. Doing the old Romney flip-flop is virtually unavoidable whether he pretends to be dumb now or admits it in the future.
Quite frankly, repeatedly responding “I don’t Know” to simple questions makes you look stupid regardless of the motivation for saying it.