In this case, he had to try to avoid as much as possible his dreadful job of creating jobs while pushing for the mining legislation he was paid to get done last year.
But as much pageantry that went on during the speech, there was a lot more during the day leading up to the speech, but of a much more subtle nature.
It started out with Walker releasing all of the supposed death threats he's received over the past two years. Of course, if one reads past the headline and the first few paragraphs, one finds out that critical emails and calling him a poopyhead were considered threats.
Now enter Kvon Smith.
Smith is a young black man who, as Jeff had already pointed out, obviously has some mental health issues. Smith allegedly had made some unspecific threats and was eventually arrested for allegedly carrying Molotov cocktails into the Capitol.
So far the story has a certain amount of plausibility to it.
However, this story is starting to break down.
First of all, witnesses are reporting that the police had originally detained the wrong guy. Apparently all black people look alike to them, not that they are racist or something.
It is also being reported that the police allowed Smith to hang around outside for a while with the Solidarity Singers and near a group of grade schoolers. That's not what one would expect them to do with someone they see to be such a great threat.
It was also found that the Molotov cocktails weren't explosive or even flammable.
Now it could be rationally explained that the police were just protecting the public safety by taking into custody a guy who had made threats and was carrying bottles of unknown substance. But when one considers all the missteps and lack of concern, it becomes a story that's harder to swallow.
What makes me really suspicious is that they waited until he was well inside before arresting him.
I think that there is a strong possibility that they used Smith to meet their ultimate goal, which was to evacuate parts of the Capitol and control who was going into the building leading up to Walker's speech.
The reason they would want to do that is because they did not want Walker's dog and pony show to be blemished like it was last year when Walker was met with a large group of rather vocal protesters. They were so loud that they could be heard on tape during his speech:
Protesters also made their opinions loudly known during the course of the event, with most gathered in the rotunda and audible on the Wisconsin Eye broadcast of the speech chanting "Recall Walker." A few anti-Walker activists made it into the public galleries to watch the speech, and five were escorted out after interrupting Walker at various points in his speech.I could see Chief Dave Erwin - who has had already ordered his men out into the night to hunt down and accuse and intimidate an elderly woman of being a criminal mastermind for singing at the Solidarity Singalong - would not hesitate to use a mentally ill man as a political pawn to appease his boss.
One woman yelled "Liar!" after Walker said, "I will continue to be a good steward of the taxpayer's dollar," and another later shouted "Walker doesn't care about poor people!"
And like I said, Walker is desperate to build up his image, since he has no substance to stand on.