Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christian Schneider: Walker Can't Win On His Record

Christian Schneider is a paid partisan hack that will go to any lengths to advance the agenda of his corporate masters - even to the point of fabricating stories.  With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that he was
called upon to try to explain away the fact that the corporate overlord's darling, Scott Walker, is continuing to sink in the polls and trails his opponent, Mary Burke, by two points.

Schneider tries to do just that by in a column showing some seriously bizarre and disjointed thinking by comparing Walker to Winston Churchill and unions to Nazis. (There apparently isn't a law that the Teapublicans aren't willing to break, even Godwin's Law.)

However, Schneider inadvertently makes an interesting and very telling confession in his propaganda piece:
But without the cacophonous protests, Walker's post-recall gains aren't as visible as they were when he was mixing it up on the public stage every day. Walker's subsequent budget, while containing large income tax cuts, was a fairly quiet proposal, leaving feathers around the state comparatively unruffled. In the absence of angry demonstrations, Walker became just another GOP governor in a Democratic-leaning state that President Barack Obama won by seven percentage points in 2012.

And that is why, according to the Marquette Law School poll released last week, Walker finds himself in a dead heat in his re-election campaign. The race, which currently stands at a butt-naked tie, now has become "Republican in a can" vs. "ACME Democrat."
In other words, Schneider is admitting that Walker is losing because he cannot run on his record, that he needs an enemy to disparage and use as a distraction. Indeed, in the past week alone, Walker and his supporters have tried to tie Burke to the unions (which is laughable at best), to former governor Jim Doyle and to Barack Obama - all of the usual bogeymen that the right likes to use to fire up their base.

It's also nothing new.  Walker used the unions for his straw man arguments during his first (successful) run for
governor.  He did this because he could not run on his record as Milwaukee County Executive.  Under Walker's watch, Milwaukee was in a constant state of decline, from county buildings falling apart to the abuse of the mentally ill to depriving the poor of needed services.

As governor, Walker's record is even worse.  He has failed utterly in creating jobs and he has all but tanked the economy.  Not only has Walker attacked the rights of workers, but those of minorities, women, children and voters.  He has attacked the poor by raising their taxes and cutting their life saving benefits.  He is in the middle of his second corruption investigation, which recently revealed that he was indeed illegally collaborating with dark money groups to buy his way through the recalls.

Is it any wonder that Walker and his allies are flailing around for an bogeyman that they can use to take the heat off of his own failures?

Schneider said that Walker needs a foil to win in November.  I would agree in the sense that Walker cannot win standing on his own record.  The question is there a foil big enough to distract from all of Walker's foibles?

10 comments:

  1. What is amazing is that Walker and his minions keep harping on the evil unions. He has destroyed public sector unions to the point of 35% unionization. There is no union money as hourly pay is increasing at the rate of 2 cents per year. 134,000 manufacturing jobs have disappeared so no evil union force is out there to contend with. They want us to believe that unions are all over the place just like voter fraud! When there is not a problem they simply talk one into being so they have something to attack in an attempt to convince voters that Walker is looking out for them .

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    1. I find it hilarious that on Sunday the TV squawkers had their feathers in an uproar because 12 local, state and national unions together had contributed a combined total of $335,512 to Mary Burke's campaign -- in other words, less than half what Scott Walker's "friends" over at WI CFG received under the table from Gogebic Taconite to push the "educational" message (hey, it was news to me!) that Scott Walker's policies were working for Wisconsin (or maybe the message was that recalls are unfair -- only WI CRG and Scott Walker know for sure). Of course, none of the squawkers made this comparison; they put on their ominous, scary voices when reading this pitiful sum. Unions representing thousands of workers can't match a billionaire's chump change when it comes to political donations. Sad, and only getting worse until Americans and Wisconsinites wise up.

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  2. I thought it was his best piece ever. He compared Scott Walker to greedy smurf! Brilliant!!

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  3. Schneider accidentally confirms Wisconsin has reached Peak Wingnut? It's all downhill for the boy blunder governor? Governor Wanker is lucky that his Wingnut Weelfare benefits have already fully vested.

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  4. How does Walker act like Churchill when he labeled school teachers as "thugs?" Is Schneider now calling school teachers "Nazis?" How low can Republicans go? The Ninth Circle of Hell may be too good for these Republicans.

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  5. How to Buy a Mine in Wisconsin - Did Gov. Scott Walker Violate Campaign Laws? is an editorial that should be published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal. Instead MJS publishes silly nonsense from Christian Schneider.

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  6. Walker is in a box. He cannot run on his record. His other option is go negative and fire up the base. He has nearly unlimited resources because he has been out-of-state fundraising most of his first term. Make sure you have your barf bag close by if you turn on the TV this fall.

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  7. Christian Schneider would better serve Wisconsin, and humanity, by not writing anymore.

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    1. Don't blame the hack. Blame the corporate rag that hires the hack.

      Not another dime to the folks on 4th and State, and let em know that running garbage like Chrissy's is a big reason why.

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  8. Milwaukee Urinal Retentinel

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