Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Walker Leads by Quitting? Wants others to be like him...

What an honorable man? Think again. In the words of Salon's Joan Walsh:

In a sickening transparent attempt to make himself look like a leader, even as a quiter, Scott Walker is calling on the other candidates to be like Scott. Wow. Even God had a hand in his "brave" decision. Get a grip:

"I was sitting in church yesterday, the pastor's words reminded me that the Bible is full of stories about people who were called to be leaders in unusual ways. Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.

"I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same, so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party, and more importantly to the future of our country."
Here's Walsh's take as well:
Scott Walker’s messianic parting message: Christlike governor says he died for the party’s sins: Walker’s failure can’t be obscured by silly claims that he’s “leading” by dropping out to save his party 
Thank God for small blessings: At least Scott Walker didn’t credit God with his decision to drop out of this race, as he did with his fledgling 2006 campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. “I believe that it was God’s will for me to run,” Walker said back then. “After a great deal of prayer during the last week, it is clear that it is God’s will for me to step out of the race.”

In fact, then, as now, Walker faced a harsh truth not from God, but from big donors: They didn’t like the campaign he was running, they didn’t believe he could win and they were looking to place their money with other candidates.
The idea that Democrats, progressives and liberals are the bad guys because we're glad to see an authoritarian dictator like Walker dropout, is outright bizarre and kinda pisses me off.

Here's the Walker we're familiar with in Wisconsin, and what the nation saw and abandoned in droves. Wonderful GIF:

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