On Sunday, the propagandist Christian Schneider, fully ensconced in the corporate media giant Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, also caught on to the panic that is spreading among the right wing. But instead of trying to spin the poll, Schneider decided to attack Burke directly:
According to the Marquette University poll released last week, 51% of Wisconsin residents either haven't heard enough about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke or don't know if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of her. But even though Burke has been running for governor for eight months, the public's unfamiliarity with her is understandable: It is difficult to discern whether she is actually "there."In other words, Schneider is complaining that Burke isn't opening the door for misogynists like him to attack her even more easily by making silly, grandiose promises. Ironically, Schneider contrasts Burke's ambiguity to Walker's stance on Act 10, something which Walker admitted, under oath before a congressional committee, that he never mentioned while campaigning.. However, Walker did tell the editorial boards of various papers that he was willing to work with the unions. Hell
Early in her campaign, Burke said she would make no promises. This was clearly to separate herself from Gov. Scott Walker, who is certain to fall short of his 2010 promise to create 250,000 jobs in his first four years in office.
But in her zeal to avoid grand campaign commitments, Burke has twisted herself in knots to avoid taking positions on major issues. To posit herself as the anti-Walker, she answers questions on controversial issues with content-free paeans to "working together" and having "all options on the table," compared with Walker's hard-nosed stances on things such as public sector collective bargaining.
Apparently for Christian, it's OK to lie about one's stance on a position than it is to be vague about it. Then again, coming from Schneider, this really shouldn't surprise anyone.
Schneider also complains about Burke making statement about "working together," which goes along with Walker's abhorrence of bipartisanship. Oddly, Schneider failed to mention how the New World Horror that he is a member of is failing in biblical proportions.
What is unintentionally hysterically funny is when one steps back and looks at what Schneider is actually saying in his column.
He is saying that Burke is a relative no-name, even after months of campaigning. He also complains that it is allegedly difficult for someone to discern where Burke stands on almost any issue and when one can discern her position on an issue, it is usually the wrong one.
Yet, despite four years of constant propaganda from corporate media, propagandist front groups, squawk radio and paid bloggers on how wonderful our Dear Leader is and how well his agenda is working, Walker is somehow unable to be ahead of the unknown, ambiguous Burke. In fact, Walker is losing ground in his own standings - even though he's never managed to get higher than 49% - and is now down to 46%.
It is no wonder that the right wing corporate special interests are so frantic to stop the John Doe investigations and to strike down campaign finance laws. They will need to through every dollar they can into this race if they are to have a chance to succeed.
All that being said, I can't help but reflect on the fact that if Burke is giving Walker so much trouble now, if the Democrats had come up with a decent candidate, the only thing Walker would be doing now is sending his resumes to Koch Industries and the Bradley Foundation.