Saturday, August 15, 2015

Scott Walker thinks he was "pretty smart" dropping out of college in his senior year.

Just a little catching up on my part after a week long vacation; I will not let even one dumb Scott Walker comments disappear without first finding a place on my blog.
With jaw dropping short term thinking, Scott Walker got a big thumbs up from RedState’s Erick Erickson (“Excellent answer”) and the low information audience for dropping out of college:

When Walker was asked about (leaving college his senior year), his campaign responded by referring us to a brief comment he made Aug. 8, 2015 at the conservative RedState Gathering in Atlanta. Walker said:
"It's simple. My senior year of college, I got a job offer from the American Red Cross. A lot of my friends who were a year or two older had degrees and no job. I had a job offer, no degree. I'm pretty smart. I took the job."
Pretty smart giving up all the money he spent on three and a half years of college? A "excellent" classic example of short term Republican thinking.  

But did he really leave for a marketing job or a run for political office? I say political office:
In February 1990, shortly before dropping out, Walker took a job in marketing and fundraising with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. It's also possible he was lured from school by politics. In fall 1990, while still living in the campus area, Walker ran against then-state Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat now in Congress, and lost.
And Walker's almost legendary emotionally disconnected pat rehearsed answers? Nothing new; as noted by one Marquette professor:
Even in politics class, Walker could appear disengaged.
“He seemed utterly bored,” said Michael Fleet, who taught him in a class on the politics of the Third World. Fleet said he’d hoped to get Walker into debates with the liberals in the room. But it didn’t work. Walker would only give occasional short speeches that made conservative arguments.

“It wasn’t always on key. It wasn’t always in response to anything,” Fleet said. “He wasn’t engaged. It was like he came in with a script.”


  1. My understanding is that he was many credits short of senior status.

  2. You're right, about a quarter of his needed credits, if memory serves me.