Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mair Today, Gone Tomorrow

On Monday, Scott Walker hired Liz Mair to help with his presidential campaign:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee has hired prominent Republican strategist Liz Mair to lead online communication efforts, CNN Politics has learned, taking yet another step toward building a team for what is expected to become a presidential campaign later this year.

Mair's political consulting firm will advise on social media and blogger outreach for Walker's PAC, Our American Revival, by providing input on digital strategy and messaging, Mair told CNN on Monday. She'll be joined by associates Brittany Cover and Dan Blum.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Mair had the audacity to have issued a few tweets that were critical of Iowan Republicans. She also had the gall to see the common sense in President Obama's amnesty program.

Iowan Republicans clutched their pearls and swooned back on their fainting couches, demanding that Walker rid himself of this awful woman.

By the end of the day, Walker boldly appeased the Iowan Republicans and threw Mair under the campaign bus and got her to resign.

Walker has already been slammed by other conservatives for his cowardly actions:
I see from the Associated Press that Liz Mair has resigned from Governor Walker’s campaign. Given Liz’s work history, I will put it to you this way — Team Walker has botched this. There’s just no way Liz Mair resigned with it being her idea. I haven’t talked to her yet, but there’s just no way. So instead of Walker owning this, he’s passed the ball and made a staffer off herself. That’s unfortunate and plays into the “not ready for prime time” theme already developing around Team Walker. At least it is early.
The fact that Walker is willing to throw an aide under the bus at the first sign of trouble is nothing new.

In 2013, when Steve Krieser, his then deputy secretary of transportation, put up a racist rant on Facebook, Walker quickly sent him packing.  That in itself wouldn't be unusual except for the fact that Walker has been known to tolerate a lot of racism from his staffers and has not fired them for their inappropriate comments. Instead, he would offer non-apology apologies.

An even more glaring example is Taylor Palmisano, Walker's campaign's former deputy finance director.  Palmisano's crime was agreeing to let Walker put her name on the infamous Black Friday fundraising email, in which Walker told people not to buy Christmas presents for their children.  Instead, Walker suggested, parents should just give their money to his campaign.

By the time this story was making national and international news, Walker "suddenly" learned of some racist tweets that Palmisano had made three years before he even hired her.  This was his official excuse for throwing her under the campaign bus.

The fact that Walker continues to have these issues with his staff after all these years and all these problems, it would make any sane person question Walker's decision making skills.  That's not a very good quality for a presidential wannabe.

But then again, when have Republicans have been known for picking high quality candidates?


  1. they actually have nothing to pick from.

    nothing !!!!!

  2. Ya gatta admit, those tweets were remarably stooopid. Evidently, she thought that walker was a shoe-in because of the poweful multinational corporate interests that hide behind their buffoon.

  3. If you can't select and manage quality personnel your not executive material, let alone presidential.

  4. Walker doesn't have to select and manage quality personnel to serve his masters. He will sign the bills he is told to sign. He will be the stooge they demand him to be.

    Everything else is just a distraction that prevents us from talking about the reality: We are ruled by an oligarchy of multinational corporate interests and billionaires. We will have no meaningful choice in 2016.

    It is a mistake to make this about Walker's incompetence and intellectual dishonesty. These are the very characteristics that make him a perfect tool. He will do what he is told and distract anyone from talking about those he fronts.

    Mark my word -- if the powers that be want Walker in the White House, it will happen. He will be very effective promoting a merger of multinational corporate interests and government (definition of fascism).

    Like george WALKER bush (a distant cousin), well-meaning folks that do not understand will continue to rant about incompetence, hypocrisy, and corruption instead of the real issue: OUR GOVERNMENT IS BEING TAKEN OVER BY MULTINATIONAL CORPORATE INTERESTS THAT DO NOT NEED AMERICANS AS WORKERS AND DOES NOT NEED MOST AMERICANS AS CONSUMERS EITHER.

    This is not going to end well. Most of us serve no useful purpose to the interests Scott Walker represents. They literally want to see us die.

    1. During an online discussion about poverty, Republican John Johnston said of the poor, “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.” But to grasp just how much Johnston hates the poor, you really need to see his comments in their full context. “For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts,” Johnston said. “They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager.” “What you see is a setting for a life of misery is life to them never-the-less,” he continued. “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die. No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22.” But Johnston didn’t stop there, “The voters are the ones in charge. However when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. Consequently the dole continues.”

      Read more at:

    2. "71 cities across the country have passed or tried to pass ordinances that criminalize feeding the homeless...." — so Johnston's program is already underway, piecemeal.

      Oddly enough, it was for this, not "homosexuality" (as the Religious Right keeps inaccurately insisting) that God destroyed Sodom, as the Bible itself tells us in Ezekiel 16:49: "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." (More historical detail.)

      So the good news is that Republicans are exhibiting morals and ethics with Biblical precedent. The bad news is that it's the kind cities traditionally get 'rewarded' for with fire and brimstone.

  5. "... when have Republicans have been known for picking high quality candidates?"

    Well, there was Abraham Lincoln... although for his second term he ran on the "National Unity" ticket together with Democrat Andrew Johnson (instead of Hannibal Hamlin, his Republican first-term VP)....

    And then there was Teddy Roosevelt... although after he'd served two terms as a Republican and supported Taft for 1908 to succeed him, he ran in 1912 as a "Bull Moose: Progressive instead....

    So the Republicans have picked some VERY high quality candidates, but had some trouble keeping them....

  6. Republicans love when others are punished. That's why they adore Scottie whenever he throws anyone under the bus. "Those thug teachers made too much money and I don't."