Aug 18, 2015

Career Politician Scott Walker Hits "Career Politicians"

Brianne Pfannenstiel reports Scott Walker said the American people have "had it with Washington" and career politicians in the Maid-Rite diner in Webster City, Iowa last night (Des Moines Register).

Pfannenstiel did not mention that Scott Walker (47-years-old) is a career politician who first ran for office at age 22, months after leaving Marquette University in 1990, lost; then moved into a white Wisconsin Assembly district ringing Milwaukee in 1992 to run for an open seat, won, and has been in elected office since.

Walker's record in office, winning or not, has been marred by scandal and corruption, a perverse inclination to demonize large swaths of the population while avoiding listening sessions with the Wisconsin people and refusing to campaign on what he does as a policymaker.

Caught behind closed doors, Walker has been videotaped assuring a billionaire, Diane Hendricks, that he will "divide and conquer" the Wisconsin people when asked if Walker could turn Wisconsin into a "red state."

Walker refuses to repeat the "divide and conquer" phrase, while still demonzing non-Walker supporting citizens.

Notes Charlie Pierce:

"[A]lone among the crowd of candidates, Walker most clearly is running on his record of being a complete prick to the right people – which include teachers and nurses and the people who clean up after Alzheimer's patients in group homes. Running against the right people is a staple of all campaigns, right and left, but it's rarely as clear the raison d'etre of one as it is the raison d'etre of the Walker campaign. It is a toxic combination of belligerence and aggressive victimhood. You have to go all the way back to the George Wallace campaigns of 1968 and 1972 to find one that is so clearly defined by the people whose political power it wants to crush.​"

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