Wisconsin State Journal
Okay, so even though we’re well over a year away from the 2016 Presidential Election — hell, we’re a year away from the primaries — lots of folks in the GOP have been trying to step forward and be ‘the man.’
And none more so than Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who seemed … seemed … poised to be the GOP Darling in the race. I mean, when you compare him to Ted Cruz who never met a lunatic he didn’t call ‘Dad,’ or Rand Paul, who, well, seriously, does anyone other than Rand Paul seriously think he’s presidential material? And what about Jeb Bush? Do we really want another Bush in charge after the fumbles and foibles of his father and brother?
So, compare Walker to that trio of losers and it’s no wonder he’s the best man … for now. Except that Walker is also the biggest liar and flip-flopper to call himself a Republican since the party’s last Great White Hope, Mittsy Romney.
Let’s talk lies, first: like the story he’s told … more than once… about getting to hold the Reagan Bible after Nancy Reagan personally sought him out and gave it to him to hold:
“And they brought over a pair of white gloves to me and they said, ‘No one has touched this since President Reagan. It is his mother’s Bible that he took the oath of office on. Mrs. Reagan would like you to hold it and take a picture with it.”
Walker’s version makes it appear that he has Nancy’s blessing to be president, and that, by virtue of the fact that he held The Great Man’s Bible, that Scott Walker is the second coming of a Reagan-esque type president. But … it never happened; in fact, no one asked him to hold the Bible at all. Scott Walker’s office made the request and the folks at the Reagan Library were simply being nice.
Now, is that a Great Lie? Not really; but it’s a pattern. And if someone like Scott Walker could lie about that little story, what else might he lie about?
Let’s see … Scott Walker also lied about ordering his college records at Marquette University to be unsealed; didn’t happen. And his Politifact profile is, well, not so great in the truth telling department either; of 130 Scott Walker statements checked, 63 … that would be almost half … have been false, with another 18 called ‘half true.’
So, Scott Walker lies roughly half the time he speaks. Remember that when he asks for your vote and tells you what he wants to do for the country, because there’s a 50-50 chance he’s not being honest; but, let’s stop with his lies, and focus on his Mittsy Flippsies …
Scott Walker was against a federal ethanol mandate … until he was for it. In 2014 he campaigned as being against the federal renewable fuel standard, but now that he wants to be president, he’s changed his mi — oh hell, he flip-flopped.
Walker also changed his stance on giving undocumented immigrants the chance to become U.S. citizens, after hearing other governors talk about the ALLEGED “collateral damage” of President Obama’s “unconstitutional executive action” opening a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. See, Obama was for it, and Walker was for it, but now, looking to pander to the GOP conservative base, which means denying you like anything about Obama, Walker has flip-flopped.
And what making Wisconsin a right-to-work state? Although he supports right-to-work, over the last four years Scott Walker has downplayed the idea that Wisconsin become a right-to-work state, saying that private-sector unions were his partners in growing the state’s economy. Just this week, however, he signed right-to-work legislation into law.
And what about abortion? Just two years ago he appeared in a campaign ad where he said, directly to camera, that the decision to terminate a pregnancy should be made by “a woman and her doctor.” Last week he asked lawmakers to send him a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks.
Marriage equality? Well, during his 2014 campaign he said his position didn’t really matter regarding Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban, but just last month, on Fox news, of course, Scott Walker said he opposes same-sex marriage.
Let me make this queer: most GOP presidential candidates campaign to the right to secure the votes of the base, and then, most of them, swing back somewhere in the middle because they know they’ll be a one-term president if they stay too arch-conservative.
But, why lie? Why change your mind when a two-second Google search can prove you’re a liar, and can prove that you’ve have opposing opinions on a variety of topics depending on to whom you’re speaking — Fox News — or what campaign you’re running. Do we want a president who blatantly lies about the little stuff? I mean, then he would surely lie about the big stuff right … like wars for oil. And do we want a president who says one thing, one time, and then flips his tune when he’s trying to secure a vote.
Scott Walker. Liar. Flip-flopper. Mittsy 2.0. We dodged that bullet a couple of times; let’s not go back there.