The day I learned to actually like Scott Walker.

There. I said it.

I was invited by the spouse to hear Governor Scott Walker speak this afternoon at the Milwaukee Rotary luncheon. It was glad to go. The room was crowded, but I wouldn’t call it packed. The speech was good, but I wouldn’t call it great. It was given, however, without a teleprompter or even notes. He does a good job reading a crowd and was appropriately engaging.

But a strange thing happened. I left actually liking the man.

I have to say with this book I’ve found stuff. Not big stuff, but things that make you say hmmmm… And I tell people, yes, expect this to be written from center to center right, because that’s what the market needs right now and that’s mostly where I am as Fairly Conservative, but I’m not sure I actually like Scott Walker.

Part of it, I know, is my contrarian side. I am never one to accept something or someone who appears too good to be true. Walker can’t actually be that nice, can he? I mean he’s had people falling over themselves to defend him over the last few years. How many really know him?

But then I started talking about it. Right up there with “What do you do?” eventually what I am doing gets known. (BTW, my standard answer for many crowds is that I’m a well-paid prostitute. You kind of have to know my sense of humor well enough to appreciate it, but it’s worked for years. My back up is, “Not much.” My back up for the back up is, “As little as possible.”)

That’s what happened the other day when I went to the doctor. New guy, never met him, the book came up. He asked me my position on the changes. I told him I was glad for them. He asked what I thought of Scott Walker. I stumbled a bit.

Now to this point my standard answer is, “I’m not sure. I’ve never met him.” And I haven’t. But this doctor has attended church with Walker for years and assures me, he’s a great guy.

It kind of goes back to that Post Secret card from over a year ago. And frankly, it fits with all the other things I’ve heard from people who really know him from the past couple of years.

So that’s it. From now on, I will be Cindy who likes Scott Walker in spite of spending years as Cindy who thinks Scott Walker is too good to be true. It doesn’t mean he gets a free pass. It does mean he’ll catch a benefit of more doubt than before.

‘Cause that’s just the way this blogging thing works.

Oh, BTW, he said a couple of cool things today. I’ll get to it. Or you can buy the book and read about it. 😉