Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, is lucky to win in state elections, because according to the New Republic’s Alec MacGillis, Walker would never win a national one. The piece MacGillis wrote, titled “The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker,” does a good job explaining why it’ll be a cold day in Hell before Walker wins a national election.
McGillis explains Walker’s experience at Marquette University, a Jesuit university in Milwaukee; while Walker was at the college, Walker would describe himself a missionary for the conservative cause, and say that “God has told me I’m chosen to cut taxes and stop killing babies.” He would say this even in casual conversation, according to classmates. Walker would also compare himself to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because both of them were sons of Baptist ministers. In the 1990 yearbook, he said that “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.”
He married his wife on Reagan’s birthday and they celebrate their anniversary by serving Reagan’s favorite dishes, like macaroni-and-cheese casserole and red, white, and blue jelly beans. How . . . romantic?
Some other gems from the piece include:
In February, a court ordered the release of thousands of e-mails collected in a wide-ranging investigation by state prosecutors that has led to the convictions of six former Walker aides and allies…
…what was most striking was the casual racism of many of the conversations. One anonymous e-mail, forwarded by Walker’s then–chief of staff, went like this: “THE NIGHTMARE … ‘I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted Jewish homosexual … but please, oh dear God, don’t make me a Democrat.’ ” Another compares welfare recipients to dogs: They are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who the r [sic] Daddys [sic] are.” This message was forwarded around by Walker’s then–deputy chief of staff, who remarked that it was “hilarious” and “so true.”
In 2012, he took the unusual step of sending Mitt Romney a lengthy e-mail telling him what he was doing wrong. (He got no reply.)
Walker has had a spate of bad luck lately, which is good luck for the residents of Wisconsin. His voter ID law and his gay marriage ban were both struck down. The emails mentioned in the McGillis article have triggered a slow motion crumble of Walker’s administration. For being “God’s Chosen,” you’d think that he would be more competent; God clearly needs better henchmen.