Or to be more accurate, Walker hopes you are very dumb.
First, he has operatives start a whisper campaign. Let's say something like that Walkergate is dead.
These whispers reach the ears of the corporate media, who then reports it as fact.
Then Walker's echo chamber echoes it until it gains legs.
Then Walker comes out and says something like this:
Immediately after speaking at the dairy business meeting, Walker said he didn't know whether the John Doe investigation would wrap up with Russell's plea hearing, saying almost everything he knew was based on media accounts. He said there seemed to be a growing sentiment that the investigation was coming to an end.Fortunately, the gentle reader already knows better.
He can get away with this to a certain degree because he knows that, contrary to another one of his whisper campaigns, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his staff are professionals and will not release or leak any information illegally, even in order to defend their reputation.
What Walker is trying to do is bury the Walkergate story. It just wouldn't do to have the future Republican presidential candidate weighed down with the fact that he is the subject of a John Doe investigation. That really puts a damper on the flow of campaign contributions.
So Walker has been going around telling anyone and everyone who will listen that " It's gone on for two years. Hopefully, after this week, it will be over."
The first order of business is to point out that it took four years to convict Blago, and his case was not nearly as complex or as vast as the corruption in Walker's administration and campaign. It probably took over a year just to gather the evidence from the purloined computers and the Mystery Dumpter O'Fun's contents.
Along the same line, Walker also repeated the line of "We started it." Even if you give him that point for the sake of argument, Walker would still need to explain why he stonewalled the investigation he allegedly started.
And presuming that Tim Russell's plea bargain finally goes through this Thursday, Walkergate is far from over.
First of all, there still would need to be Russell's sentencing hearing, Darlene Wink's sentencing hearing and the whole trial for Russell's partner, Brian Pierick, who is facing two charges of child enticement. That trial won't even start until the end of January, two full months away from now.
So not only is Walkergate not done, the first phase of Walkergate isn't even over yet.
But, as you know, there's more. There's always more.
There's is still a rogue's gallery of reprobates and miscreants that need to be accounted for.
We also know that there are many aspects to Walkergate besides campaigning on taxpayers time and embezzlement. Things like pay for play shakedowns and bid rigging.
Then there is the claim that Walker is making in denying that he is a subject of the Walkergate investigations.
State law clearly states that the DA is under no obligation to tell a person if they are the target. However, if the person is not a target of the investigation, the DA may publicly state that the person is not the target, like Chisholm did with Andrew Jensen and Michael Maistelman.
Obviously, Walkergate was a factor during the recall. If Walker really wasn't a subject of the investigation, Chisholm would have given him a letter clearing him so that it wouldn't interfere with the election. Yet Walker has produced no such letter.
Another way for a person to know they are not the target is if they are granted immunity, but that is a matter that happens in a public hearing. No such hearing happened and thus we know he wasn't granted immunity.
Lastly, while Walker might hope that this is the end of this John Doe, there is a courthouse full of John Does waiting to step up. I'd say that there is a pretty good chance that at least some of them have Walker's name and the names of his underlings on them.
With a new budget starting on New Year's Day, there's no reason to believe that we won't be seeing the start of the next phase.
On the bright side, Walker made his statements to a group of dairy farmers. Of all people, they are used to the sight and smell of manure.