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The Governor's Baldspot: Has the Blame Game finally gone too far?Scott Walker has been playing the blame game forever - most notably in blaming former governor Jim Doyle and/or President Obama for everything that happened, ever, either before, during, or after he took office.
But his latest, most bizarre claim, might be the tipping point for Wisconsinites who've had enough of his failure to take responsibility for his administration's many failures.
And it's all about The Baldspot™.
Apparently, the governor is so insecure about this that he felt strangely compelled to compensate for it by drawing attention to its dominant appearance in the cartoons of Phil Hands. However, rather than laugh it off in a self-depreciating way, as he apparently intended, Walker instinctively launched into an elaborate story about how the bald spot isn't his fault:
The bald spot, he said, was the result of a repair incident in the kitchen when he banged his head on an open kitchen cabinet door while making repairs requested by his wife, Tonette.She kept telling him to go to the doctor to get the scar on his head looked at, he said. When he finally did, the doctor said his hair would never grow back in that spot, the governor explained.Tonette still points to the bald spot as a reminder that he should always listen to his wife, he said.
Like he blames teachers for the failings of underfunded schools. When his cuts to public education are the largest in history.
Like he blames students in poverty for not "performing" and says the only solution is to privatize public schools. When his demands for "accountability" prevent educators from focusing on the students who need the most help, and his voucher expansion is destroying the very fabric of the social contract that provides an equal playing ground for all Wisconsinites.
Like he blames the uninsured and underemployed for not being enterprising enough to get "good jobs" that pay a living wage. When he laughs about the $144K salary he earns as governor not being "real money" and insists that the minimum wage "doesn't serve a purpose." And the insurance companies who contributed to his campaign are seeing massive paybacks from his decision to reject OUR federal taxdollars in Medicaid funds to keep people off BadgerCare.
Scott Walker is not new to the blame game. It comes very naturally to him.
But when you blame a cabinet for your bald spot, people have to stop to wonder.
The short answer is: we don't.
At least half of us, who've been paying close attention for the past 4 years, have been calling out the governor's fabrications all along. Even on the right-leaning Politifact, 68% of his statements that have been put to the test have not passed the lie-detector. And yet: the governor's success in "dividing and conquering" this state during an already divisive national political climate has been enormous: people on Team Walker are now assumed to be so firmly entrenched in their belief in him that they won't question any of his prevarications.
But maybe, just maybe, a little white lie will be big enough to wake up "the believers" and plant some seeds of doubt. And maybe, just maybe, people who haven't been paying much attention - or who've been dismissing the he said/she said as more partisan bickering will start to see the light.
It's a matter of principle.
And Wisconsin deserves better.