Now the rising Republican star is focusing his message on what lies ahead. His term runs through 2014 in a state that is still bitterly divided over his move to end collective bargaining rights for most public employees.
"It's time to put our differences aside and find ways to work together to move Wisconsin forward," Walker said in an interview minutes after his victory. "I think it's important to fix things, but it's also important to make sure we talk about it and involve people in the process."Gee, now where did I hear this one before?
Walker planned to invite all members of the Legislature to meet as soon as next week over burgers, brats and "maybe a little bit of good Wisconsin beer."
"The first step is just bringing people together and figuring out some way if we can thaw the ice," he said.
Oh yeah! Just last year after the first round of recalls cut down on his ability to ram through his corporate agenda:
Gov. Scott Walker called for mending the jagged edges of a deeply divided state Wednesday, pledging a renewed focus on bipartisanship and jobs in the wake of Senate recall elections as he dismissed Democrats' talk of recalling him in 2012.I pointed out at that time that his words were nothing but empty rhetoric, and that he should not be believed. To prove my point, I used some other words which Walker said while testifying under oath before a congressional committee:
Walker said the results of the Senate recalls, in which his party held that house but lost two senators, vindicated his focus on jobs and the state budget but also showed that voters want their leaders to work more cooperatively.
Tuesday's results failed to produce a decisive victory for Democrats or to kill their plans of removing Walker from office over his legislation to end most collective bargaining for public employees in the state.
But the Republican governor, upbeat after a late election night in which he telephoned winners from both parties, said he would push forward on priorities such as education reform and a bill to spur venture capital investing despite calls Wednesday by Democrats to make him the first Wisconsin governor to be recalled.
Voters "want us to do more working together," he said Wednesday in an interview in his Capitol office. "I'm not pretending that everything is going to automatically be perfect at the snap of a finger, but I think the best thing we can do is start with small things and keep working."
"Sometimes," the Republican governor told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "bipartisanship is not so good."Since his call for "working together" last summer, Walker and his cohorts in corporate crime* have attacked women's rights, further attacked school and colleges, attacked veterans, and tried to destroy the environment in Northern Wisconsin with a toxic mine, all over the protests of Democrats and of the people.
That's not exactly working together now, is it?
There was no reason to believe him then, which proved all too well, and there's no reason to believe him now.
*Scott Walker and his Cohorts in Corporate Crime would make a great name for a crappy band.