Monday, June 22, 2015

Walker Whiffles Dixie

Over this past weekend, when asked about the senseless killing in Charleston, South Carolina, Scott Walker boldly punted on questions regarding the Confederate flag:
"I think they're going to have a good healthy debate and should have that debate in South Carolina amongst officials at the state level," Walker told reporters after his dinner speech at the "Road to Majority" conference.

"I just think before I or anyone else weighs in on anything to do with policy, whether it's this or any other policy decisions, we should honor the dead and the families by allowing them to bury their loved ones. And then you could perfectly ask me that question at some point in the next week or two when that's done."

Walker also deferred when asked by a reporter if he viewed the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism.
Walker has since changed his mind about honoring the victims and their families and has come out in support of Governor Nikki Haley's call to finally take down the Confederate flag:
After sidestepping questions about the issue over the weekend, Gov. Scott Walker on Monday said he supports South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol.

"I am glad @nikkihaley is calling for the Confederate flag to come down. I support her decision - SKW," Walker tweeted from his political account shortly after Haley called for the flag to be taken down.

The push to remove the flag comes in the wake of the racially-motivated killing of nine black worshippers in a historic Charleston church last week.
Apparently Walker also got the memo from the dark money special interest groups that this was a loser issue and not worth the battle.

On a related note, just like so many other Republicans - including Wisconsin's dumb senator, Ron Johnson - Walker received campaign donations from Earl Holt III, the leader of a white supremacist group that reportedly influenced Dylann Roof. Walker has said that he would donate the $3,500 he got from Holt to charity:
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker’s political nonprofit, Our American Revival, said in a statement Monday that Walker will donate Holt’s contributions to charity.
Putting aside what the spokeswoman for his nonprofit is doing speaking for his campaign, I would point out to the gentle reader that this is more of Walker's mastery of subliminal racism.

If Walker was genuinely repulsed by the blatant racism of Holt and his organization, Walker would have renounced the money and returned it or burned it. By giving the money to charity, Walker is allowing Holt to retain his dignity, saying that his money went to a good cause. Likewise, it gives Walker the chance to appear that he doesn't support racism without coming out against it.


  1. "...Walker has said that he would donate the $3,500 he got from Holt to charity:"

    Which charity? One that promotes RW agendas?

    Better to return the money. That would be the appropriate and ethical thing to do.

    1. "Better to return the money."

      So also said Capper. But then the original RW group still gets to spend or re-donate that money toward causes of its liking.

      No, donate it to a charity like the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, or the NAACP -- and then you know it's going where neither Holt nor Roof (the shooter) would want it to go!

  2. Walker will just donate it to a friendly right-wing charity that will load the $3,500 into the Republican Dark Money Laundering Machine. After several laundering cycles, the dark stain of racism will no longer be traceable, and the money will be returned to the sock drawer of financial support for Republican sock-puppets like Scott K. Walker.