In this pointed question from Here and Now's Frederica Freyberg, Walker admits dispassionately that only later does he allows himself a bit of reflection, well after the fact, and well after the pain:
Freyberg: “Was there ever a time, during the tumult and the protests there that were so intense, that you asked yourself whether you in fact you made the right move.”Freyberg then suggested that people still don't seem to be on board. He had no answer as you can see in the video.
Walker: “Ah, I mean you try to be retrospect, but I think more…I try to examine things afterwards. Just for improvements and things of that nature. I…you get caught up in things you don’t often think about that…that specific question. But I did go back and think about it afterwards.”
As for the jobs, Walker continues to brag about the initial serge of jobs in his first 6 months, 16,000 of them, that were obviously created by his predecessor. As Rep. Peter Barca clearly states, in the last 11 months of the Doyle administration, the state added 12,000 jobs. Walker likes to go back to the job losses experienced during the Great Recession, which were obviously not Gov. Doyles fault. Why the media never clarifies that point I'll never know.
One more thing; Walker is trying to blame the recalls on all the job losses and for business uncertainty. But during the massive demonstrations at the Capitol, the state added 16,000 jobs. Oops, guess that excuse won't work anymore...
ONE MORE, ONE MORE THING: I saw this comment at Cognitive Dissidence that fit in well here, and is so true of the Republican Party in general:
Anonymous said...I am not sure about all the sociopath claims. I see it as he defines success as saving money. Thus, when he makes cuts to schools, they are called "tools" and they are successful reforms, not because the schools are better, they are cheaper. This is another case where we're supposed to think it is good that they have saved money and still made cuts. I should add that since the point of the programs (Badgercare) is to help people, not to save money, it is an odd way of defining success.