Scott Walker has come out with a couple of commercials in the past few weeks. Walker has made a sudden and severe shift in his campaign strategy with these ads. Instead of the long string of ads attacking Burke for not fixing the Bush/Cheney deficit and attacking former Governor Jim Doyle (who isn't even running), Walker has decided to fall back on his old faithful strategy of lying his butt off about his own record.
First, he ran a commercial about six white people that supposedly got jobs thanks to Walker. Now he is running another commercial about how much "success" he's had in meeting his original campaign goals, even though he hasn't met any of the ones he is bragging about.
Now, I could go into how he said that the 250,000 jobs was just the minimum of the jobs he was going to create:
Or I could talk about how over a third of the jobs Walker is boasting about actually came in the first six months of his term, when Doyle's policies and budget were still in effect. Or I could point out that Walker's track record is worse than if he had done nothing at all.
But there is something about Walker's last two ads that I find exceptionally disturbing.
In both ads, he has a tag line of "We won't stop until everyone who wants a job can find a job."
Notice how he won't say it will be a good paying job?
The real disturbing part about this is the blaming the victim mentality of that line, which is all to common among conservatives. He is saying that if there are people who are unemployed, it's because they don't want a job. It reminds me of when conservatives used to say that there are so many homeless people because they choose to live on the streets.
Sadly, this is also just another version of the conservative race-baiting claim that people - usually referring to African Americans - are too lazy to get a job or that they don't need a job because they are living so well on that $40 a month in food stamps. I can already hear race-baiters like Charlie Sykes and Brian Sikma making the claim that the people who are unemployed are only unemployed because "those people" don't want to find work.
The only thing that people need to listen to when Walker starts talking about jobs his is campaign pledge to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term - and to hold him accountable when he fails to meet that. And the only way to hold him accountable is to get out and vote him out of office in November.