December 6, 2013 10:14 am 3 Comments
This is one of those posts that will likely hack everyone off, but in doing so, I hope I also encourage you to think a bit. When two politicians from opposing camps do exactly the same thing, why does a side defend one and ridicule the other?
There are several (mind-boggling) characteristics Walker and Obama share.
1) Neither seems to understand a problem exists until they he reads it in the paper.
2) Neither seems to actually make decisions on his own behalf, but always has someone to throw under the bus once a poor decision made on his behalf comes to light.
3) Both have odd little gaps in personal history.
4) Both have penned – agreed with a great deal of help – fanciful histories of himself.
Yep. We are going there.
A Madison television station reports
Walker says he wasn’t aware of Palmisano’s tweets until after they were reported but then he “took action.”
If you’ve been tucked under a rock, Taylor Palmisano is former Deputy Finance Director for Scott Walker’s campaign. She sent a strange fundraising email. (Capper earned that link. His story was picked up from London to Washington, D.C.) More about that email in a minute, but keep in mind, the next day the girl was fired, not for embarrassing Scott Walker, but for nasty tweets TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO.
Walker didn’t know she’d made those. He’s not been aware of staffer Tweets in the past.
For comparison I will offer that any Good Republican can give you instances from the NSA surveillance to the failing Obamacare website where President Barack Obama has used the “unaware” line.
Listen guys, at some point you are supposed to acknowledge responsibility. For me, one of most uncomfortable human emotions is that point where you become embarrassed for an ally or family member. I don’t care which side you are on in American politics, both of these guys regularly create that cringe response for their supporters.
Now about that email @itstaytime popped out on Black Friday. (She’s killed the Twitter account, by the way.) If you read the text (Gotta link it again. It’s only fair.), you will find it eerily similar to this request by the renamed Obama campaign from a few months ago. Both wanted your money instead of your sharing with others.
In another similarity, both Obama and Walker enjoy hearing a body thump under the bus. Walker’s latest was the campaign staffer, a month ago a national security guy was axed after embarrassing his boss on Twitter.
And just to ensure you understand my perspective, both Obama and Walker have mysterious college histories. For all his fame, no one seems to have attended college with Barack Hussein Obama. And for all his rewriting, our Governor Scott Walker won’t come clean on why he left Marquette University shy of his degree.
(Shameless plug: I came very close to untangling it all in my book. So close a reporter called this week with questions. And you know what? I gave him everything. Every link, every photo from my Marquette library research, every Wisconsin Blue Book bio clipping. Darn it. Walker’s story will out. It may not have my name attached, but it will come out. Of course Walker could always simply tell us…)
As I have argued before, if Wisconsin Republicans want to be able to identify Obama’s history in this matter, why wouldn’t they want the same opportunity with their governor? Both have written biographies. How the (bleep) does one write an autobiography incorrectly unless one intends to deceive?
Such revelations should mess with blind loyalty to a politician. Should a near-socialist Democrat like Capper be embracing Scott Walker since Walker is so similar to the President Capper loves? Should Good Republicans shun Walker for the same reason?
We are smarter than the politicians give us credit. We can think for ourselves. Encourage and support good candidates. Hold them all accountable. Pull away any rose-colored glasses and do your part to save our representative republic.