It’s only January, but Scott Walker has already picked his Halloween costume: he’s poised to masquerade as a moderate for the next two years.
The primary architect of the most bitterly divided Wisconsin political scene in decades, Gov. Walker has recently been tamping down and pushing back against the most outlandish notions emanating from his Republican allies at the statehouse.
For instance, after state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, gained the local and national ridicule he invited by declaring war on Kwanzaa, the African-American cultural observance, Walker actually sounded scolding.
“To me it just doesn't make any sense why he’s doing that, I mean, I’ve commented on Kwanzaa in the past and everybody’s got a different opinion, but I don’t know why someone like that would go out of their way to alienate people over something that some people support,” Walker told an interviewer.
“Our standpoint is he needs to be focused on things regarding state business, not issues like that.”
This seems part of a transparent master plan by Walker, one progressives must counter with the right candidate, but more on that later.
In this cynical makeover to redefine himself as reasonable, Walker:...