Jun 16, 201411:54 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Guilty as charged: Scott Walker is white, male, religious, and Republican
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A New Republic magazine article just out, “The unelectable [a take on ineluctable] whiteness of Scott Walker,” presumes to take the reader on “a journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star.”
Yes, the traditionally liberal magazine plays the race card, big time. So, of course, it must recycle two stupid jokes of county executive underlings — the proverbial needles that emerged after thousands of emails were subpoenaed in John Doe I. Nothing untoward from Walker himself.
And Walker, in circumscribing the state of Wisconsin in a speech, mentioned Superior and Kenosha but not Milwaukee. How Freudian, the magazine implies.
Another bill of indictment: Walker opposed light rail in Milwaukee; but then, so did The Kathleen (Falk) in Madison, as former Mayor Cieslewicz can attest.
Brett Hulsey costumed as a confederate soldier was more subtle. Nonetheless, the article does occasionally capture the man.
Throughout the protests, Walker remained almost eerily unperturbed — even after he received death threats that resulted in round-the-clock security at his home. “It’s always been difficult for me to understand — if you’re an ideologue, you have passion, and he’s almost the most passionless human I’ve ever encountered,” says Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick, a Democrat. “He never reacts with anything other than a shrug or a smile.”
Walker’s only overt enthusiasms appear to be his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Ronald Reagan. He and Tonette married on Reagan’s birthday, and every year they celebrate their wedding anniversary / Reagan’s birthday by serving the Gipper’s favorite dishes, such as macaroni-and-cheese casserole and red, white, and blue jelly beans. Walker’s mother attributes his even keel to his faith. “He prayed and read the Bible every day, and when things got rough, [supporters would] tell him they were praying for him,” she says.
But there was another explanation for Walker’s calm. In the WOW counties, his support was near-absolute; on talk radio, his views were echoed and amplified without question on a daily basis.
Now Walker caused white flight?
Get it? Walker — clueless white man — was living in a conservative Caucasian cocoon. Let’s step back, dear reader. Walker led which county as its executive? You don’t think he was exposed to liberalism in Madison during his years as a state rep? You don’t think Milwaukee parents in the 1970s resented that their children were bused hither and yon by court order in order to satisfy a numerical goal? Or to escape failing schools? Street violence? Exactly who has been running Milwaukee all these years? You got it: Capital S Socialists and Capital D Democrats.
Author Alec MacGillis mines the “Dividing Lines,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s groundbreaking report into the demographics separating Milwaukee from surrounding Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington (the WOW) counties.
Milwaukee, always a European city, became the last large northern American city to experience the Great Migration of blacks from the sharecropper South. Just as they began arriving in the 1960s, the industrial base collapsed and the surrounding counties experienced white flight.
The New Republic brushes up against reality when it reports both Mark Belling’s and Charlie Sykes’ disillusionment with liberalism after eye-witnessing its urban policy failures. But it never occurs to The New Republic that Walker’s attempts to reinvigorate the economy and improve access to quality education (never mentioned in the story) will help black and white. Nor does it mention that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett availed himself of Act 10’s “tools.”
Still and all, the piece is worth a read (H/T: Berg). It is evidence that the left is taking his presidential prospects seriously.
And Gwen Moore truly is an embarrassment. (You want racism?) (For extra credit: Daniel Bice asks, “Why is Gary George running against Gwen Moore?”)
Walker Derangement Syndrome, Take 2 — Mary Burke, a Madison School Board member, argues the prospect of limited raises and costlier benefits under the Act 10 measure is turning people away from teaching. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:
“Already we have seen in Wisconsin fewer people pursuing education as a career,” she said April 18, 2014. … She attributed the trend to Act 10.
PolitiFact finds “the decline actually started a year earlier, in the 2010 academic year — six months before Act 10 even was proposed.” As for the 8% drop in Wisconsin undergraduate teacher programs in 2010-13, that only matches the nationwide trend of 8%.
PolitiFact rates Burke’s claim “Mostly False.”