Friday, November 12, 2010

Scott Walker's Leadership Style: Brash and Bumbling

I do believe Scott Walker might have been trying to set a world's record on the most faux pas committed in one day today.

It started this morning when Walker told a symposium his grand idea for getting the money to come flowing into the state. His idea was to gradually scale back the tax on retirement accounts and then travel to Florida and Arizona to hold "welcome back" parties and then lure retirees to the state so they can invest their money into start up businesses.

It is not know if Walker was planning on dressing up as a Nigerian prince or an English banker when doing this.

Apparently Walker has not figured out that people move upon retiring to go live in warmer weather. As one friend put it this evening, "I can't even get my mom to visit for Christmas anymore."

And I'm sure that people will be migrating in mass droves to leave warm, sunny beaches to enjoy our below zero temperatures and drive on roads that haven't been plowed due to his budget cuts.

To add to this bit of folly, I clearly remember a friend who retired at the beginning of the year attending a seminar with the Walker's human resources people who told the group that the first they should do is move out of the state. Now he wants them back? I don't think they would willingly come back knowing what kind of leader he really is?

But Walker's faux pas did not end there.

It was also reported that Walker sent a letter to Doyle Administration Secretary Dan Schooff. In said letter, Walker told the Doyle administration that back off on several items, including the conversion of a power plan to be able to use biofuel saying he wanted it to burn natural gas instead, the creation of new health care legislation and the negotiations with the unions.

Such brash action has been unprecedented in the state and has received bad reviews from politicos on both sides of the aisle. Not only are Walker's behaviors bold and brash, they are also bumbling and fumbling.

Secretary Schooff sent a letter back to Walker that succinctly and politely tells Walker he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about:
I am writing in response to your letter dated November 10th. I am aware that there are those who would attempt to pit incoming and outgoing administrations against each other. As you know, Governor Doyle and this administration have worked hard to avoid this. We will continue to work with you and your team in an orderly and responsible manner.

With respect to the specific items you mention, obviously you have not had the opportunity to be briefed on these items. For example, the health care exchanges you mention will require legislation and will not go into effect until 2013 at the earliest. The Charter Street Plant, on which work has begun, has natural gas capabilities along with the biomass fuel purchased from Wisconsin farmers and foresters.

Our offer to brief you on these and any other measures still stands.
To add to this, Walker is also running the risk of giving the state union an upper hand since he is basically illegally trying to interfere with their contract negotiations. But this isn't the first time he's pulled that stunt in the past few weeks.

On the bright side, at least he didn't try to drive more jobs out of the state.

The scary part about all this is that Walker is the smart one of the ticket.

In light of Walker's ineptitude, I say we take a page from California's playbook. They call Arnold Schwartzenegger "The Governator" (or sometimes the "Gropenator").

I say we start calling Walker the Goobernator.


  1. Maybe he is already starting a presidential campaign disguised as promoting Wisconsin around the country. You know, just like he was campaigning for governor on his motorcycle trips around the state while supposedly promoting Milwaukee county.

    He did start officially campaigning for governor a few weeks after he became County Exec.

    Deja Vu?

  2. For a person who hasn't had the best stint with public speaking, I would be careful how you use the word bumbling.

  3. Anonymous 3:21, He started his campaign for president on November 3.

    Anonymous 8:40, Ah, but I've gotten better, and you're obviously still not too bright.