Sunday, September 13, 2015

Headline of the week: "Scott Walker Reverses The Position He Took On Taking Positions."

Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post took note of Scott Walker's continued ineptitude as a national candidate.  Repeatedly stumbling when asked questions by reporters, he tried declaring "hypothetical questions" to be unfair and refusing to say what he would do as president about this or that.

He had already declared that he would not respond to questions about his past record as governor.   So, as New York Magazine's Jaime Fuller put it, "[Walker] had found himself a 'secret cheat code that allows him to avoid all campaign questions.'   Fuller called that position, in itself, something of an achievement for Walker, "whose typical pattern has been to stake out a position on one day, only to reverse himself later."

But wait, there's more.  A few days later Walker reversed the position that he would not take positions by answering a question about Syrian refugees and saying that the U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees but instead concentrate on taking out ISIS.   Why does it have to be either/or?   He didn't say.   Linkins then wonders:
"Why not just provide this answer the first time? What was with all that tortured reasoning over the nature of hypotheticals when the actual answer to that hypothetical was a quick-and-dirty 'No'? . . . . or does Walker just need a few hours to think about his answers to questions?

"It's genuinely weird that Walker can't seem to get a grip on this . . . .  For the last two months [he] hasn't made a single policy pronouncement that he or his staff hasn't had to clarify or clear up within two hours.'

"I have an open question to any of the people who lost an election to this guy: How did you lose an election to this guy?"
Well put.   I have never had a favorable impression of Scott Walker.   As governor, he has been a nightmare for Wisconsin's economy, its schools, it's public service workers, and just about anything else you can name.   His only real claim is that he has won three elections -- and cut taxes, if you think that's a good thing.

Now add to that his ineptitude as a politician -- and the voters are starting to get it.   Walker was leading the pack at 18% among Iowa voters as recently as July.   Quinnipiac's most recent polling shows him in 10th place with just 3% of likely Iowa caucus-goers.

Walker should drop out before the Iowa caucuses if he wants to avoid a humiliating defeat in the neighboring state he was supposed to win.


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