Bret Bielema is a disgraceful person with no integrity because he betrayed the state and damaged the program he was hired to improve, all in order to benefit himself. I know, that makes the former Badger football coach no worse than your typical turd in the morally barren landscape of college athletics.
But have we stopped to realize yet how the former Badger football coach resembles Scott Walker?
We should, because that would help prepare us for the day that is coming when Scott Walker pulls the same crap on Wisconsin as Bielema just did.
Both the position of coach and governor, one on a trivial sports level and the other on a serious governing level, represent the state and have the responsibility to maintain the integrity of something many in Wisconsin view as a source of pride. Both are also public positions funded with checks paid for by all who pay taxes here.
There are also similarities beyond the positions that extend to the two men themselves. Both Bielema and Walker have roots in Iowa and a questionable affinity to this state. While Bielema is infamous for sporting an Iowa Hawkeye logo tattoo on his calf, Walker evades his days as a preachers boy in the desolate Northeast part of the tall corn state. Through words and deeds, though, Scott seems to be enthusiastic about Cali.
Personal observation only, but both Bielema and Walker lack in the charisma department. As I gauge the intelligence of either when they speak, the meter’s needle grunts to hit the same small number for both.
Don’t be fooled though: a measly erudition does not mean that either is short on ambition.
It’s well known that Walker has his eye on positions beyond Wisconsin. His featured speech last November at the Reagan Presidential Library prompted many political experts to surmise he is viewing national office.
Also, he was absent from his job in the state a ton last year, raising money and cementing relationships with the well-heeled kingmakers and funding sources in the big leagues of republican conservatives.
Besides, Walker already pulled a Bielema on Milwaukee County. As Capper has documented more than once, Walker used the county executive post as a means to become governor and left behind a mess in the county for others to clean up. For the coming year, experts predict Walker will moderate his stances to burnish his wider appeal and leave to the Fitzgeralds and talk radio any of the nasty business needed to continue to serve the wishes of his corporate patrons.
So clearly Scott Walker, if given the chance, will leave abruptly even if it hurts the state. He’ll use the position many people exerted effort to help him obtain not to compensate those who helped him by expending effort and skill in improving life for all. Rather, he’ll expend effort to improve his future prospects and betray those who backed him in order to enrich himself. He’ll take the integrity of the state downward, and work on our dime to line up an even better paying job somewhere else.
In other words, some day soon, Walker will pull a Bielema.