Saturday, July 17, 2010

Seeing Is Disbelieving

Politics can be such an ambiguous activity. Any candidate, regardless of the party, wants to paint himself or herself in the best possible light and to minimize anything that might be considered a negative.

They will make grand promises of what they would do for you if you elect them into office, even to the point of making those promises insanely absurd in their scale. They will exaggerate and embellish, and yes, even lie about their records. And if anyone criticizes them, the worst of them will do whatever they can to ridicule or discredit the critic.

One example of such an embellishment came today off of Team Walker's tweets. Walker appeared at Port Washington's Fish Day Parade. One of his campaign aides boasted about the "huge crowd" walking with Walker and was kind enough to include a picture:

Then Walker or, more likely, one of his aides tweeted about the "super crew" and great response from the crowd, and also included a picture:

The "huge crowd" and the "great support" are the same people. All 15 of them. More than likely, they are also his campaign workers.

If 15 campaign workers is what they call huge crowds and great support, Walker would be smarter to be more worried about September than November. Of course, I would be the last person to accuse Walker of being smart.


  1. "I would be the last person to accuse Walker of being smart."
    But you would be the first person to accuse him of anything else...

  2. This campaign has been built myths and exaggerations to the likes of which Wisconsin has never seen before, kind of like Scott Walker's record as County Executive. Your post illustrates that, Capper. I'm a frustrated Republican. I'm sick and tired of getting played by career politicians like Scott Walker. Unfortunately, there aren't a whole lot of Republican candidates out there trying to offer a constructive platform with specifics. There's more deception and obfuscation than anything else. The only exception in this state is Paul Ryan. Say what you will about him, but at least he's been more specific about his vision in his Roadmap for America plan. Scott Walker is no Paul Ryan. I think that Paul Ryan would have made a great governor instead.

  3. Scarier point. That's a parade in the 2,000 square miles surrounded by reality known as suburban Milwaukee. If he can't get normal people to support him there, he has ZERO chance of getting anyone in the other 90% of the state.

    I saw zero mention of Scott Walker between Madison and Vilas County this weekend (didn't see much of anyone other than Feingold, some local races, and the occasional House primary, for that matter). I got a feeling the real Wisconsin isn't going to like what they find out when it comes to a puppet like Scotty. And Scotty needs those votes.