Thursday, August 11, 2011

Q: Where Was Walker? A: Killing Butterflies

Scott Walker is a media hound.  He has some innate ability to sense a camera, video camera or microphone within a two mile radius and homes in on it like a hound after a rabbit. The man needs attention like we need air.

So it was more than a little surprising to see that he was laying low during the past weekend and all the way up through most of Recall Day:
Phil Walzak, a spokesman for Democrats’ recall efforts and a former campaign spokesman for Barrett, said that he sees an irony in the different roles the two former opponents are playing in the recalls.

Walker has done campaign fundraisers for Republican recall candidates but Walzak said to his knowledge Walker has not done more public appearances.

“There’s probably a lot of buyer’s remorse out there (among voters) and the schedules of the two men reflect that,” Walzak said.


But John Hogan, who is running the Republican Senate recall efforts, said that Walker has been “extremely helpful” in energizing GOP voters. He said that the governor has done fundraisers for GOP recall candidates but couldn’t immediately point to a more public campaign event such as a rally done by Walker.

As governor, Walker has made numerous appearances in recall districts such as the Green Bay area, where in recent months he signed the state budget and announced steps to pay off outstanding state debts.

Hogan also said that Walker can motivate Democrats, with many bitterly opposing the governor’s legislation ending most union bargaining for public workers.
So, while six Republican senators were fighting for their political lives because they stood with Walker and his malicious and indefensible agenda, Walker bailed out on them. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

But what was Walker doing that was so much more than standing with those who had stood with him?

Why, he was celebrating the destruction of one of Milwaukee County's treasures - the county grounds and the Monarch Trail.

In other words, killing butterflies was more important than standing with his allies who were taking the brunt of the consequences for his sins.  Nice to know.  Especially when he wants us to trust him now.

I wouldn't trust him if my life depended on it.

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