On Saturday afternoon, two of the Washington Post’s crack political correspondents accosted Governor Scott Walker in the lobby of a JW Marriott hotel and asked him whether he believed that President Obama is “a Christian.” As is always the way with silly questions, this inquiry elicited a silly answer. And, as it was foretold, that silly answer provoked a maelstrom inside the bubble.This got Morning Joe in a Frenzy.
Had Walker been asked, “To which religion does President Obama claim he adheres?” he might well have responded without making headlines. But he wasn’t. Instead, he was prompted to weigh in on a question that he could not possibly answer: namely, whether the president is, in any meaningful sense, what he claims to be. “Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith,” Dan Balz and Robert Costa wrote excitedly, “Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.” And the critics screamed bloody murder.
After initially saying that he doesn't know because he’s “never asked the president” about his faith, Walker lashed out: “To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press.”Given the church he went to for so long, I'd say the jury is still out.
He added: “Was it [Teamsters president] Jimmy Hoffa that ripped on the Tea Party and called them unpatriotic, and the president was standing there and nobody asked him that?”
“To me, it seems I've had multiple days of an incredible double standard. They don’t ask the president about people like Jimmy Hoffa, they don’t ask Hillary Clinton about others out there,” Walker said.
Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said on MSNBC that Walker is right. “The press has a double standard on this kind of stuff.”
The panel seemed to agree that Walker or any candidate facing similar questions would be best advised to answer, “the president says he’s a Christian, I take him at his word, and let’s move on.”
|Yeah Mister "GodDamn America" was totally Christian.|
CNN's John King brought on Martin and NPR's Juana Summers for his regular "Inside Politics" segment on the morning newscast. King used the controversy over Rudy Giuliani's recent remarks about President Obama as a jumping-off point to talk about the Wisconsin governor: "He [Walker] was asked over the weekend by Dan Balz and Robert Costa of the Washington Post about the Giuliani controversy. He was also asked if he thought the President was a Christian. And he said, look, stop asking me these questions. Here's what's Scott Walker Tweeted out on Saturday: 'Enough with the media's gotcha game. We started our American Revival' – that's his PAC – 'to talk about big, bold, ideas.'" The journalist then turned to Summers and asked, "If you're going to run for president, is it a gotcha game; or is it, hey, you want to be president?"Sure because if you're going to run the country, you prove your competency by telling us the religion of your predecessor. Also, we have some tongue twisters and a game of Simon-Says we'd like you to play.
Here's the problem for lefties. They try to make not answering stupid questions by stupid people a loss. Meanwhile they aren't noticing his actual victories in his home state. As Governor. Which is his current job and a good standard to tell us how he's going to do as president. Quite well, if these results are any indication.
In Washington and New York, the middle of February has been covered as a slack, gaffe-ridden period for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. In Walker's home state, none of that's true—he's actually en route to a triumph. The state's Republican-run legislature is gearing up to pass right-to-work legislation, forbidding labor unions from requiring dues or membership as conditions for any private-sector employment. "If this bill makes it to his desk," gubernatorial spokeswoman Laurel Patrick told Bloomberg, "Governor Walker will sign it into law."Yeah I bet they are. This is called "being effective." Rolling your eyes at reporters asking about evolution is called "knowing what's actually important." Guess what? People are seeing through it this year.
The state's labor unions are at Defcon 1, pondering the sort of mass protests that shut down Wisconsin's Capitol four years ago. Their deja vu is boundless: Now, as in 2011, they're trying to prevent Walker from doing something he gave voters no indication that he'd do. After he introduced a budget control act that ended collective bargaining for most Wisconsin public sector unions, Walker insisted that the electorate had given it the OK.
A new Public Policy Polling national survey finds Scott Walker leads the Republican presidential field with 25%, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Jeb Bush at 17% and Mike Huckabee at 10%.Yuppers. Scott Walker is kicking everyone's ass and is still doing the work of Wisconsin. Of course the lack of ivy league education is always going to be a problem for the party that is for the "little guy."
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