The Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice followed up on a National Review piece that quoted Scott Walker trashing Dumb Ron Johnson. Here comes another awkward moment for the incidental governor. No, he wasn't talking about the only senator in full panic mode about the economy, not a chance? I suppose Walker is talking directly to his strident “stand with Walker” believers, who feel his victimhood.
It's clear to anyone not in the bag for Walker who he was talking about.
According to the conservative National Review, Walker took a swipe at a particular Republican U.S. senator, whom he didn't name, for always grousing about the national debt. National Review's Eliana Johnson (wrote) "At times, he said that listening to the senator harping on it makes him 'want to slit my wrists because I'm just like, "My God, this is so awful, I cannot believe this.""
Hmm, Wisconsin has a U.S. senator, Ron Johnson, who likes to harp on the national debt. So Johnson's got to be the guy. Except the governor denied it on Tuesday. Walker said he didn't criticize anyone in particular … "It's flat-out wrong," Walker said.
Was Walker misquoted? "Well," he said, "that's what flat-out wrong means."
That sentiment did not go over well at the offices of the National Review. Rich Lowry, the editor said of his reporter in an interview … "It's completely accurate. We have the audio."
In fact Walker is also spinning a list of fact in a recent New Republic piece, "The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker." Walker is claiming a well-researched series of articles detailing how partisan Wisconsin has become since Walker became governor isn't his fault, even though he came right out and said “divide and conquer” was part of the plan.
Walker said the story was "filled with half-truths and misunderstanding.” The piece also relied heavily, he said, on a recent Journal Sentinel series on Wisconsin voting patterns. Walker claimed the polarization described in the series began emerging long before he ran for office.