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Taibbi writes: "Beltway Democrats may not deserve good luck, but it looks like they could have plenty in the next presidential race. Heading into the weekend, Scott Walker, a man born to be slaughtered in a general election, is suddenly leading the Republican pack in the Iowa polls."

Matt Taibbi appearing on Democracy Now! (photo: Democracy Now!)
Matt Taibbi appearing on Democracy Now! (photo: Democracy Now!)


Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

28 February 15

 

eltway Democrats may not deserve good luck, but it looks like they could have plenty in the next presidential race. Heading into the weekend, Scott Walker, a man born to be slaughtered in a general election, is suddenly leading the Republican pack in the Iowa polls.

Walker is surging thanks to his performance at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his "I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!" stump speech.

Walker's address was a broadside against a litany of conservative bugbears, from Planned Parenthood to the media to tax day to the subversive act of voting without a photo ID, etc.

But the money line came during a Q&A session. Asked how he would take on radical Islamist terrorists, Walker referred to his experience taking on pro-union protesters in his home state:

If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.

Walker's seeming comparison of peaceful union activists to head-chopping Islamic terrorists drew a predictable response, with progressive groups like American Bridge sending out alerts denouncing his comments, along with outrage from the Democratic National Committee.

But the National Review also called it an "unforced error," with writer Jim Geraghty taking special offense at the fact that Walker had forced him into a place where he had to defend, of all people, union activists. Even Rick Perry, not exactly a kumbaya-chanting paragon of tolerance, chided Walker for crossing a line:

These are Americans... You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate.

In response to all of this, Walker's campaign quickly backtracked from his statement, sort of. Campaign spokesperson Kristin Kukowski said that Walker was "in no way comparing any American citizen to ISIS," which sounded like a retraction.

But Walker himself denied making any offensive comparison, and blamed the whole thing on the media. "You all will misconstrue things as you see fit," he said.

This echoed earlier comments, made in the wake of Rudy Giuliani's "Barack Obama doesn't love America the way you do" flap, about "self-manufactured 'gotcha' moments from the media."

Meanwhile, the polls spoke for themselves. Politicians who make major accidental gaffes usually don't see a bounce in the numbers, but what little data there is suggests Walker surged on the strength of this past week's performance. The Quinnipiac poll, admittedly a small sample size and one taken extremely early in the game, shows him at 25 percent and lapping presumptive favorite Jeb Bush, who's now limping along at 10 percent.

This came on the heels of another interesting poll. Remember how much abuse Rudy Giuliani took (even I got into the act) for accusing Barack Obama of not loving America?

Well, the Huffington Post took a poll asking America what it thought, and it turns out that while 47 percent think Obama does love America, the rest think he doesn't, or they're not sure. This remarkable poll also showed that only 11 percent of Republicans believe the President of the United States loves his country.

All of this data speaks to Walker's remark being a smart short-term move, not a dumb gaffe.

Conventional Wisdom would hold that no candidate who's on record comparing hardworking, law-abiding Americans to mass torture-killers would stand a chance in a general election. But in so holding, Conventional Wisdom would be missing the current point of the exercise from Walker's perspective, which is to win the nomination.

And the sad fact is, you can probably win the Republican Party nomination doing things like comparing unionized state workers to ISIS, or hinting that the president hates America.

The entire narrative of modern conservative politics casts the United States as a fast-disappearing Eden of freedom and democracy that's under siege both here and abroad, surrounded by a constellation of enemies united (for some never-fully-explained reason) in their passionate hatred for the simple, God-fearing, freedom-loving American.

It's not just terrorists who hate us for our freedom, but lefty college professors, dilettante Hollywood actors, undocumented immigrants sucking up tax dollars in the form of entitlements, Al Sharpton, Jonathan Gruber, feminists, environmentalists who want to forcibly abort babies to keep more room free for trees, scientists who think global warming is real, the Manchurian President Barack Hussein Obama, etc.

The blurring of lines distinguishing these domestic political irritants and armed foreign murder cults is rhetorically popular and has been for a while. You can hear this pretty much every time you turn on afternoon talk radio. Here's Rush Limbaugh's answer, when asked which is the greater threat, the liberal or the terrorist:

Both of them — both liberals and terrorists — have a lot in common. The one thing that they hate the most is freedom… A leftist and a terrorist — a leftist and a totalitarian — are one and the same.

Fox's Eric Bolling not long ago blasted campus activists for tweeting "Je Suis Charlie" when (according to him) many of those same people were anti-speech zealots who had disinvited speakers to their schools. "The same people want to wear these pins and tweet 'Je suis Charlie,' I am Charlie," he said. "No you're not! You're more Al-Qaeda than you are Charlie!"

And then of course there's Ann Coulter, who famously said this in a tirade against college activists: "Even fanatical Muslim terrorists don't hate America like liberals do."

None of this is saying anything new – people who aren't Fox fans long ago grew used to being called traitors, America-haters, sympathizers with Osama bin Laden and so on.

The problem is that no candidate carrying this narrative around past the convention can win a general election. Even Mitt Romney, a politician so sunny and loquacious that he can make it sound like he's selling you a vacuum cleaner when he's actually calling black voters freeloaders, ended up capsizing his campaign on rhetoric like this.

The announcement that he never intended to "worry" about the 47 percent of Americans he believed incapable of taking personal responsibility exposed Romney as a politician who had no vision for the whole country.

Even if you're lying about it, you have to at least pretend to have a vision for everyone. Yet the Republican Party's own rhetoric sells half the country as a kind of domestic enemy. It's a nearly impossible balancing act for a general-election candidate.

Scott Walker as a political performer is pretty uninspiring. He doesn't have George Bush's pretzel-mouthed Texas charm or Sarah Palin's hockey Mom magnetism. He can't fall back on an ethnic American dream parable like the one Marco Rubio can run on. He's just a doughy, finger-pointing white guy of the type the Republican Party has been churning out to fill state assembly seats or run in back-bench congressional districts seemingly since the beginning of time. He's exactly the kind of politician the modern Democratic Party is set up to beat.

This was supposed to be the election cycle that featured an inclusive new conservative vision, one that reflected the country's changing demographics and would make the Democrats work harder for everyone's vote. Instead, they're churning out the same old us-against-everybody narrative, filled with the same insulting bromides about how they have a monopoly on patriotism and are apparently the only people in America paying taxes.

If that's where this is going – if the Republican Party runs with someone like Walker instead of having the courage to tell their voters to stop calling the rest of us terrorists and traitors – then they deserve to lose again and lose badly. Forget about how offensive it is, that schtick doesn't work anymore, not even for them.

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+123 # deadhead 2015-02-28 10:08
And- please, please, please pick Sarah Palin as your running mate, gosh darn ya!
 
 
+75 # ritawalpoleague 2015-02-28 11:22
Hah, hah, hah, deadhead.

$cott Walker and $arah Palin -

BEST POLITICIAN BUYS FOR THE 1%
 
 
+25 # Ray Kondrasuk 2015-02-28 19:20
WALKER/PALIN 2016!

...half-termers united...
 
 
+19 # maverita 2015-03-01 07:50
walker is a bore, but pali. as runningmate and snl's ratings will go up.
 
 
+94 # bingers 2015-02-28 10:14
We should be concerned as he is Reagan and Dumbya reincarnated. Neither of those stood a chance either. Organize, organize, organize and push for Howard Dean to take over again.
 
 
+83 # davidr 2015-02-28 12:20
Yes, absolutely. But to Taibi's point, what differentiates Walker from Reagan and W is that Walker is blatantly his party's id. He is not capable of running a "morning in America" or "compassionate Conservative" campaign, even as a pretense. He can't even do Romney's impression of a country club membership chairman, for all the good it did him. None of that is within Walker's persona.

The better comparison is to Nixon. Walker has a dark disposition. He's tactical to the point of tunnel vision. He's crooked, humorless & unreflective. The major part of his public policy is to attack his political enemies. It's no wonder that he conflates union members with ISIS. Enmity is part & parcel of his politics.

And yes, we did elect Nixon, but we rejected him first (and last) and would have rejected him always, but for the implosion of the Democratic Party. I agree (as often) with Taibi (i) that Walker is probably the preferred choice of Republicans and (ii) that he can't win.
 
 
+31 # Texas Aggie 2015-02-28 21:28
"Walker has a dark disposition. He's tactical to the point of tunnel vision. He's crooked, humorless & unreflective. The major part of his public policy is to attack his political enemies. It's no wonder that he conflates union members with ISIS. Enmity is part & parcel of his politics."

You aren't the first person to point this out. Many of the people he's trampled on in his rise to governor have made similar statements.
 
 
+14 # ericlipps 2015-03-01 10:20
Quoting Texas Aggie:
"Walker has a dark disposition. He's tactical to the point of tunnel vision. He's crooked, humorless & unreflective. The major part of his public policy is to attack his political enemies. It's no wonder that he conflates union members with ISIS. Enmity is part & parcel of his politics."

You aren't the first person to point this out. Many of the people he's trampled on in his rise to governor have made similar statements.

In other words, Richard Nixon has risen from the grave and finally won a gubernatorial election, even if not in California.
 
 
+10 # mozartssister 2015-03-02 15:11
Excellent description of his "dark disposition"!

I just watched "Citizen Koch" on Netflix last night. I highly recommend it: 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, a must-see.

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I came away with the distinct impression that Walker is as close to Evil Incarnate as we have in American politics at the moment—which is saying a lot. The veiled sneer in his expression, the way he looks straight into the camera and lies, the blatant disregard for people's dignity and humanity . . . it was simply chilling. He seemed to me a sociopath devoid of empathy who will do whatever it takes to win, to get what he wants.

It would be a mistake to underestimate him. He is clearly on the side of the "freedom-lovers " —and by that, I mean those who insist that freedom equals the right to take beyond measure, to plunder, exploit, and destroy, at will, with impunity, every last exploitable resource on the planet.

When these people talk about freedom, they mean it in the sense of a 3 year old having a tantrum: "you're not the boss of me, you can't tell me what to do!"

Walker scares me. And the fact that Wisconsin couldn't oust him bodes ill for us all.
 
 
+44 # Vardoz 2015-02-28 15:40
Yes for senator Sanders- God help us if Walker ever got in. It was just reported by the Pew Foundation and the Feds that half of all Americans have to depend on subsidies to survive. How bad does it have to get for the 99% to wake up? And I worry about them stealing votes using those Diabold voting machines and doing other acts of fraud to steal the election. We must get off our butts and help create a grass roots movement like Obama did but this time for Sanders.
 
 
+85 # thekidde 2015-02-28 10:51
The Republican clown car is getting crowded.
 
 
-10 # wantrealdemocracy 2015-02-28 11:35
Yeah, but get ready....the Democrat clown car is already on the track to complete fascism for us. Face the fact people---the two parties are one and the same!! Same goal---further enrich the wealthy and screw the working people.

We must not vote for either of the two evils. Let them fight it out on their track and all of us vote independent to get some democracy.

Under these two corporately funded political parties our democracy has been killed and our standard of living is in the toilet. Unfettered greed is killing us all and our mother the Earth. Do not vote for either a Democrat or a Republican. Vote independent for a candidate that will pledge to vote as directed by the living breathing people who are registered to vote in the district. We can have direct democracy. This representative method we have now is not working. Our 'reps' vote for the guys that give them the most 'donations' or 'contributions' --which we all know are nothing but BRIBES. We do indeed have the best government money can buy and we desperately need a change.
 
 
+64 # wdcarrier 2015-02-28 12:17
So you're telling us to vote for Bernie Sanders...right ? Good for you!
 
 
+10 # Merlin 2015-02-28 18:06
wdcarrier
Good reading of want's post. And a beautiful way to rephrase it.

I read his post as you have. The thumbs down (now at -13) are due in my mind to a post that is written in a way that is easily misunderstood.
 
 
+25 # dickbd 2015-02-28 20:22
Yeah, but I thought we were the intelligent ones who would read a post carefully before voting someone down. Want is absolutely right about both parties catering to the super rich. However, the Democrats are a little better, if not much. There isn't an Elizabeth Warren in the Republican party.
 
 
+12 # Merlin 2015-02-28 21:41
dickbd,
You are correct with one caveat.

The first responsibility is the writer's, not the readers. What ever I write I do my best to write it in a way that is easily understood by everyone. That does take more time than just ranting without editing and not changing things. If I find that people "don't understand my writing," that is a sign to me to edit my writing for comprehension more rigorously.

Of course the reader has a responsibility to comprehend what he reads, and if I find there are more than a few articles/posts I "don't get" I need to spend more time rereading them until I "get" tha authors point. If however, I still have doubts, I ask questions, or look up other material on the subject. To me this process represents "education,"
 
 
+18 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:30
I had no trouble understanding the article, which is probably due to my excellent education in the Midwest, when taxpayers believed in that sort of thing - you know, investing in out future.
 
 
+29 # Texas Aggie 2015-02-28 21:38
His point that both parties are the same is absolute bilge. No one with half a brain or more will believe that Gore would have attacked Iraq. No one with enough neurons to make a synapse would claim that McCain would have instituted any kind of health program for so many people without insurance. It takes a deliberate denial of reality to claim that any republican would have tried to fix our immigration situation. And so on and so on. No, the two parties are not the same.

"It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."
Molly Ivins
 
 
+19 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:32
Great quote! Those who say both parties are the same just say that to keep down democratic party turnout.
 
 
-12 # jsluka 2015-02-28 23:55
Foolish comment wdcarrier because the Dumbocrats will not run Bernie - they are certainly going to run Hillary, and there is little meaningful difference between Hillary and anyone the Rethuglicans run. I think Wantrealdemocra cy is living in the real world, while you are still in denial of the corrupt reality of so-called "American democracy."
 
 
+3 # ericlipps 2015-03-01 10:30
Can people please hold the panic over Hillary Clinton's candidacy until she actually announces it?

So far, folks have predicted three of her runs for the White House, out of . . . well, one. With that track record, I'm reserving judgment until I hear from her that she really is running this time. I know she's made some moves which seem to set the stage for such an announcement, but it's worth remembering that as long as people THINK she might be running her political clout is increased. Once she announces she's not, that will go away. And if she announces she is, the anti-Clinton hate machine will go to warp speed (it's merely on impulse now).
 
 
+10 # willsud24 2015-03-01 17:30
Why all the thumbs down to #wantrealdemocr acy? This is a liberal site, right? You people do realize that the democrats haven't been liberal since Carter was voted out, right? He's right about the two party fallacy. There's one party in America: The business party!!!!
 
 
+6 # NickAnast 2015-03-01 21:51
It's people like you who allow the GOP to win big in every midterm election.
 
 
+66 # ChrisCurrie 2015-02-28 11:00
One of the main reasons that Obama's approval rating has been so low has been his morally depraved support for the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty initiative. He has really "sold his soul to Satan" on that issue!
 
 
+44 # Malcolm 2015-02-28 11:06
The ONLY positive thing to say about ScottWalker is that AT LEAST HE'S NOT ANOTHER BUSH.

Oops. He IS another Bush-the bastard is a Bush cousin, related to the Bush family via the a Walker fringe (george Herbert WALKER Bush, George WALKER Bush, etc.

Dorothy Wear Walker Bush (1901–1992), the wife of Prescott Bush, was the daughter of George Herbert Walker of the well-connected Walker family of bankers and businessmen
 
 
+11 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:37
The first mistake Obama made was in failing to clean house when he came in. All the reports he gets to bolster any decision come from bureaucracy-emb edded Republicans or money people - including CIA. If he listened to "union" people or others, he would have a more informed opinion.

Same problem in Europe. The very reasonable economist/treas urer of Greece can't get past the "conventional wisdom" propaganda sold by the PR flacks of the uber-wealthy bankers.
 
 
+54 # peterjnickitas 2015-02-28 11:09
As a domestic enemy to the United States Constitution, the most fitting fate for Gov. Walker would be rejection by the nation's voters, as a partial redemption of the people of Wisconsin.

As one who has watched him from Minnesota, where we bid his stable mate Tim Pawlenty good riddance after two painful terms of minority governance, I must state that Gov. Walker benefits from the same gift as Pres. G.W. Bush -- that his adversaries regularly misunderestimat e him.

Hillary Clinton would lose against him. Elizabeth Warren would probably lose, too, if she ran.

Bernie Sanders would beat him by drawing an unapologetic contrast between Sen. Sanders' values and work and Gov. Walker's.

Gov. Walker is a Money Power bully who needs a political thrashing, not appeasement.
 
 
+54 # RGV.REG 2015-02-28 11:12
Are we talking about Scott Walker, the many who is owned by the Koch brothers?
Who would ever think of putting this man into office?
Maybe, the voting machines are rigged !
 
 
+16 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:41
Since the voting machines are operated by an oligopoly mostly owned by Republican, they probably are.
Recently there were exit polls disagreeing with the machine count to the point that when such a disparity occurred in Russia, Bush called the election rigged.
Here the news sources just change the exit polls to agree with the final vote totals (that are incomplete because the Republicans have created a separate of "provisional" ballots they don't count).
Register EARLY and vote early, so your vote is counted!
 
 
+53 # angelfish 2015-02-28 11:18
Right again, as usual, Mike. Walker is a legend in his own mind with delusions of grandeur befitting his teeny, tiny mind and intellect. However, considering what has become of the ReTHGlican Party, it is NO laughing matter if he gets the nod as their Presidential Candidate. The Koch brothers have the money and power to get this Moron elected. We need to be vigilant and make sure that he is NOT!
 
 
+32 # DurangoKid 2015-02-28 11:38
And thus Walker embarks on his suicide by a thousand cuts. Only nine-hundred-so mething more to go. Be patient. There's plenty of time. He sealed his own fate when he came to believe anything he defecates is art.
 
 
+64 # Citizen Mike 2015-02-28 11:44
We do not "hate freedom" or "hate America," but we are patriots who hate the liberty-violati ng international criminal conspiracy that America has become.

We hate bulk surveillance of every citizen, we hate being frisked at airports for no good reason. We hate torturing POWs. We hate military invasions of nations that did not attack us, we hate interfering in other people's cultures that we do not understand.

We hate Wall Street and its dominance over our economic and political life. We hate the banks that are too big to fail and became parasites bailed out with our tax money.

We hate that the government is failing to maintain our vital infrastructure and refuses to provide us with the same healthcare and educational services found in the more advanced countries.

We hate science denial and revisionist history that whitewashes our past horrors of slavery and genocide. And we hate Fox News for being a propaganda outlet spreading disinformation and irrational rage.

How can anybody fail to hate these wrong policies, failures and injustices?
 
 
+27 # torch and pitchfork 2015-02-28 12:08
Liberals and Progressives have access to dictionaries and understand the definitions of words. We love our country enough to say, "My country right or wrong but when it's wrong, correct the flaws" whereas conservatives say, "My country right or wrong and when it's wrong make it right-wing".
 
 
+25 # tedrey 2015-02-28 13:16
G. K. Chesterton observed that saying "My country, right or wrong, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober."
 
 
-40 # MidwestTom 2015-02-28 11:47
If he is soo repulsive why did Wisconsin voters fail in their effort to recall him? I know that there was a lot of outside money spent, but as far as I know you cannot buy votes i Wisconsin. I have never heard him speak, and I have not read anything actually written by him, but I have to respect someone who is hated by many, but who can explain a situation to his advantage and convince voters that he or she is right.

He doesn't apparently tell people what they want to hear, like Hillary and most politicians, and I do not believe that he will be like Obama and campaign one way and govern 180 degrees differently. He must be a man of his word, which separates him from the vast majority of politicians. My first impression is that he does not stand a chance; but i thought that he would be recalled. He must have an appeal I do not understand.
 
 
+26 # Merlin 2015-02-28 19:09
MidwestTom 2015-02-28 11:47
From your post above:

…but as far as I know you cannot buy votes

I have never heard him speak …

I have not read anything actually written by him …

I have to respect someone who is hated by many …

…but who can explain a situation to his advantage …

He doesn't apparently tell people …

I do not believe that he will be …

He must be a man of his word …

My first impression is …

He must have an appeal I do not understand.

•••

Your naive, honest posting above is appreciated. I mean that sincerely, not sarcastically. You have explained a lot here, and I feel saddened by it.

What do I mean by that?

Read the things I have excerpted below. They say, you simply have no idea what is going on in the real world. You live in a world of illusion, believing what others tell you, without consideration or thought. If it, “seems about right,” you run with it. Whereas most posters here on RSN, have strong beliefs and opinions, you don’t. Thus every new event that arises, has no place to fit in your mind.

As I can not put emphasis on the important words, I will list them here.

have to respect
apparently
believe
must be
first impression
must have

These add up to a psychological confusion that permeates pretty much all of your posts here. The consistent thumbs down, you receive here, are indicative of that confusion, as much, (or more for me,) as a disagreement with any actual position you express on a given topic.
 
 
+44 # ejeremy 2015-02-28 12:10
Everything Matt Taibbi says about Scott Walker would be true in a rational world. Unfortunately, that is not where we live today, and a man who could survive a recall election and more, could become President just as Reagan did. His positions are offensive and show his lack of intelligence, but that no longer disqualifies one from the. Presidency.
 
 
+10 # mmcmanus 2015-03-01 12:31
Not only is the workd we live in not rational, it is hopelessly apathetic, disengaged and lazy. Howdy Doody Walker's recent assertion that Reagan's firing of the air traffic controllers was the greatest foreign policy action of his lifetime demonstrates clearly the shallowness of his thinking. He is capable of nothing more than repeating republican platitudes--lik e we need more jobs, and I will be strong aginst Isis--without ever saying how. And he never will say "how", because he doesn't have the first clue. He is intellectually vapid. But he'll never have to say "how" because we don't make him, and as many posting here have pointed out, he keeps winning. Until Americans become reengaged in the political process and starting thinking like rational human beings, we will continue to drift down to the complete nation of mediocrity inspired by dumb-dumbs like Walker, Perry and Palin, cheered on the neo-nazis of fox "news", and bankrolled by evil like the Kochs.
 
 
+32 # reiverpacific 2015-02-28 12:15
Quoting MidwestTom:
If he is soo repulsive why did Wisconsin voters fail in their effort to recall him? I know that there was a lot of outside money spent, but as far as I know you cannot buy votes i Wisconsin. I have never heard him speak, and I have not read anything actually written by him, but I have to respect someone who is hated by many, but who can explain a situation to his advantage and convince voters that he or she is right.

He doesn't apparently tell people what they want to hear, like Hillary and most politicians, and I do not believe that he will be like Obama and campaign one way and govern 180 degrees differently. He must be a man of his word, which separates him from the vast majority of politicians. My first impression is that he does not stand a chance; but i thought that he would be recalled. He must have an appeal I do not understand.

Plain, ol' fashioned Koch-funded skullduggery.
The fact that the he had to have a vote-off under recall should tell you something; his unscrupulous, string-jerking bosses did the rest.
http://realkochfacts.com/the-koch-brothers-and-americans
http://www.republicreport.org/2012/koch-scott-walker-il/
http://scottwalkerwatch.com/walkers-abuse-of-power-early-years/
-Or don't you want to hear that?
My daughter lives in Madison and she (a chef) + some of her servers ran food into the Capitol to feed the "Occupy" protestors and she saw it all up front and personal, including the Koch- imported busloads.
 
 
-30 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-02-28 19:56
Again I see double standards at play. AFP (which has over 2 million members, about half of which make financial donations to the organization) did supply busses to transport Walker supporters from Wisconsin to one pro-Walker rally.

Compare this to the months of anti-Walker protests which were supported by various unions and progressive organizations who not only provided transportation to anti-Walker protestors from Wisconsin but provided transportation to protestors from many other states and at least sometimes actually paid the protestors to participate.

As to which side was more "grassroots," the answer seems fairly clear, especially when one considers the results of the recall voting.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+18 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:48
So many factual errors! UNIONS did not bring in out of staters - AFP did.
AFP is short for Americans for[KOCH] Prosperity. We all know they have great marketing, particularly for oldsters: send money now of evil Communists will take away your freedom! The same song the Kochs have been singing since they returned from Mother Russia with a lot of money for setting up refineries.
Example: No tea partier shows up on Capitol Hill for recent announced talks by beloved celebrities, because no Koch busses!!
 
 
-71 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-02-28 12:20
I don't understand why it is awful for Walker to compare religious terrorists to his political opponents in Wisconsin (who pursued a four-year long legal witch hunt against him, smeared him mercilessly, conducted massive and vandalizing rallies, etc., etc.) while it is perfectly reasonable for a Dan Pfieffer to call Republicans "terrorists" and said "We're not going to negotiate with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest." And Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and various other leading democrats used similarly offensive language calling GOPers "kidnappers," "blackmailers,"
"anarchists," would-be "murderers," "racists," "arsenists," and more.

Poor wimpy Walker didn't even call Democrats terrorists much less any of the other incendiary names so frequently used by his opposition.

Why is what Walker said so awfully bad when the objectively nastier things said by his opponents is never noticed by Taibbi?

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+32 # reiverpacific 2015-02-28 13:01
@ Lee Nasty:
Now I'm convinced that you live in a cave in Mass'.
Walker is an anti-populist fink for the Koch's and has abused his power since he first infested the formerly reasonably progressive and historically union-strong state of Wis'.http://scottwalkerwatch.com/walkers-abuse-of-power-early-years/http://realkochfacts.com/the-koch-brothers-and-americans
http://www.republicreport.org/2012/koch-scott-walker-il/
You bad ol' puddy-tat you!
 
 
-31 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-02-28 19:42
I completely understand that you don't like Walker's politics but the Taibbi article claims that he was awful, not because of his politics, but because he compared his Wisconsin foes to terrorists.

Taibbi is exercising a double standard here and I thought it useful to point that out. Nothing Walker said (or did) rises to the level of the incivility and physical threats that his Wisconsin political foes used on him for years.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+10 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:55
You are just like our president - listening to only one side and coming here and pontificating as "truth."
Nowadays in America, we have messaging - most of what you see is PR - be it "casual talk" on Fox or websites. The "news" is no longer factual, but packaged information designed to elicit a reaction, often hatred of some "other."
Saying that Taibbi is using a double standard is just a silly argument. EVERYONE else uses a double standard, but I have not seen that in his writings. Yes, he DOES HIS RESEARCH and calls a spade a spade. He comes up with an opinion different from yours because he looks for FACTS and adds them up, not just bull.
Have you joined the Walker for President committee?
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2015-03-01 12:40
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
I completely understand that you don't like Walker's politics but the Taibbi article claims that he was awful, not because of his politics, but because he compared his Wisconsin foes to terrorists.

Taibbi is exercising a double standard here and I thought it useful to point that out. Nothing Walker said (or did) rises to the level of the incivility and physical threats that his Wisconsin political foes used on him for years.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts


I give up; you're totally closed to reason, even as I told you, my Daughter was there and part of it (and still is).
But neither she nor her many allies and their ilk have the power or money to import voters and even worse, get away with it; they have no choice but to fight back transparently. And d'you think Fink-Walker or his Koch string-jerkers care a tin nickel what they think or do?
You need a dose of reality mate!
 
 
+15 # Merlin 2015-02-28 19:54
Lee Nasty,
(I like that reiver, it fits her to a tea.)

Now, why do I think it fits her?

Well, because I read Lee’s comments as sarcastically dishonest.

Dishonest?
Read her opening words:

“I don't understand…”
•••
C’mon Lee, we all know you understand exactly what you believe. You are simply insulting our intelligence to not be able see through you. You throw in our face your; “Oh, poor me. Things are so confusing, I just don’t understand! Somebody help me!” trip. You fish for fools to fall for your “bait.” Unfortunately, as your consistent negative reviews show, you are fooling very few of the readers and posters here.
•••
Then she quite knowingly, defends him, in the body of her post, showing that she is paying close attention to what is going on politically.

She closes her post with the obviously phony invite, to the “fish” to “enlighten poor Lee” who just “doesn’t get it.” She closes as she opened.

“Why is what Walker said so awfully bad…”

Lee is mocking us, as she shows contempt for RSN readers and posters. That is sarcasm in a nutshell.

I am certain that Lee smiles smugly after finishing this kind of carefully worded post.

Yes reiver, as you often do in your posts here, you cut through the crap, and get to the reality in a few words. Your closing remark; “You bad ol' puddy-tat you!” is the perfect close to her sarcasm. A “tit for tat,” (and pardon the pun,) you might say.
 
 
+3 # SkagitGreens 2015-02-28 12:49
Sorry Matt and all, don't forget our nation voted for George W (Twice!) and Nobel Peace Prize winner??? Obama (Twice!) I don't look for any change the next time out.

Howard Pellett
 
 
+22 # reiverpacific 2015-02-28 13:10
Quoting SkagitGreens:
Sorry Matt and all, don't forget our nation voted for George W (Twice!) and Nobel Peace Prize winner??? Obama (Twice!) I don't look for any change the next time out.

Howard Pellett


Aye, that's the scary part.
Not for no reason did the US earn it's name "The United States of Amnesia" -by Greg Palast I think.
Seems the "average" voter will forget and forgive almost anything as long as they get lots of infotainment on their flick'rin' screens, super-sized shit-food, syrupy, gassy over-sweetened goop and pissy beer as instructed by omnipresent commercials, the real point of the media, with what passes for programming being tasteless stuffing between ad's in the spirit of "Panem et Circences".
As Izzy Stone wrote; "The fault I find with most American newspapers (Media -my insert) is not the absence of dissent. it is the absence of news. With a dozen or so honorable exceptions (Less now -my insert), most American newspapers carry very little news. Their main concern is advertising."
 
 
+18 # RMF 2015-02-28 12:56
I second the comment above -- please, please let it be a Walker-Palin ticket. You know she would jump at the chance; afterall, she could shill another book deal out of it.
 
 
+27 # solartopia.org 2015-02-28 12:57
never underestimate the power a few billion dollars to buy the white house, even for a scott walker. remember these two words: ronald reagan.

remember also that every state with a republican governor and secretary of state will go in 2016 for whoever the Rs run, unless the Ds can beat him/her by more than 5 points.

taibbi is naive to think an election can't be bought even for a scott walker.
 
 
+7 # Yakpsyche 2015-02-28 13:50
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, folks.
 
 
+18 # SHK 2015-02-28 14:03
Get Bernie S. to run for president, leave Elizabeth W. in the Senate and get some hot youngish REAL Democrat to run for Veep and you will bring defectors like me and my husband who voted green last national election back into the fold.
 
 
0 # SHK 2015-04-30 15:29
Changed my whole mind here. I want Bernie for President and on another thread someone suggested Barnie Frank for Veep. That would be pretty wonderful. Then Elizabeth could stay put raising cain in the Senate. And come out fighting next time! O please let something good happen for a change. Another thought? Dennis Kucinich for Veep.
 
 
0 # SHK 2016-01-28 15:22
I've now detected that the Bern is going to ask Liz to be his Veep. Is that wonderful or what. I think we will have a lot of Dems riding the coattails of these two stars and will have Liz as the President of the Senate. How bad can that be! Let's go, dems. Make it happen. Ptooey on Witch Debbie of the Dem National Party. We will do her job for her and get the right person for the job—Bernie—in the WH!
 
 
+26 # fredboy 2015-02-28 14:47
Scott Walker's leading the pack in the Repug Party is living proof that shit usually floats in a toilet.
 
 
+14 # RMF 2015-02-28 17:06
The Dems have to run against some as-yet unknown GOP nominee. Taibbi's point, at least implictly, considers who would be the best for the Dems to run against. As a knee-jerk progressive Dem I would much rather run against Walker than Jeb, so anything that keeps Jeb out of the race is a plus, particulary if the final GOP nominee is as nutty as possible, ergo Walker-Palin looks good to me.
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2015-02-28 21:04
Scott Walker as a political performer is pretty uninspiring ...
This was supposed to be the election cycle that featured an inclusive new conservative vision, one that reflected the country's changing demographics ...
If that's where this is going – if the Republican Party runs with someone like Walker instead of having the courage to tell their voters to stop calling the rest of us terrorists and traitors – then they deserve to lose again and lose badly ...

- this is just another fluff piece, i want the old matt back, i want more than a bookie handicapping a race that starts months from now based on anecdote and weak hack job, sounds like whistling in the dark
 
 
+6 # Shades of gray matter 2015-02-28 21:05
Walker is INVINCIBLE in Wisconsin, against all odds. Sounds like a formidable national candidate to me, especially if he gets on a roll. The Wisconsin citizens who didn't bother to vote stuck us with a way worse than Nixon psycho. He can easily redo his message with a wink, after grabbing the nomination, & pick a helpful VP. DO NOT underestimate him, or others, like that laughable candidate Ronnie Raygun.
 
 
+3 # Pickwicky 2015-02-28 21:34
Taibbi--Hey! Don't tell the Republicans how to win. --Oh, never mind, they're too dumb to figure out what you said.
 
 
+10 # RMF 2015-03-01 00:12
For some of the Walker defenders, lets get real here and try to remember his "foes" were a bunch of school teachers and civil servants. And what were they doing -- nothing more than attmpting to excercise their right to assemble and seek redress. That realization should be adequate to confirm that comparing them with terrorists is beyond absurd. But at the same time it does illustrate why he would make a wonderful nominee to run against.
 
 
+6 # babalu 2015-03-01 07:02
Right! His comments were like a South American dictator shilling for the oligarchs. "How dare the little people stand up and say something!"
They are even now sending the FBI to homes to question peaceful demonstrators. But somehow not finding the very few hooded troublemakers who were "arrested" and never seen again - protecting their police identity?
 
 
+4 # Pufferly 2015-03-01 10:14
Walker should have stayed in school, or at least take a college equivalency course.
It's not so much that politics corrupts as that corrupt people are drawn to politics and see it as their cash cow. How many pols leave Washington impoverished?
 
 
+7 # chapdrum 2015-03-01 13:32
I hope that's not Taibbi's headline. Walker is a true Repug; gaming the system for himself and his friends. He could give a rat's arse about governance except to make himself richer.
The Democrats are not far from this mentality either.
Until we stop the sleepwalk that has us believing that the corporation can act the same as an immutable law of nature, we will continue on this path.
 
 
+1 # AUCHMANNOCH 2015-03-02 15:52
Well said indeed Citizen Mike!
 

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