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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 09:27 AM

The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker...

A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star. (Long article, but wow, very informative.... )

.......... “Have you,” he asked, “sat back and thought about what has been accomplished by yourself and the Republican legislature? Has it really sunk in that you’ve transformed a fiscally reckless state into perhaps the most fiscally sound state in the nation? Has it sunk in, I guess is what I’m saying, do you realize what’s been accomplished?” Walker replied that no, his achievement had not sunk in, because he had been “so busy doing it.”

That accomplishment—effectively eliminating collective bargaining for most public employees in the state, facing down the angry protests that followed, surviving a rancorous recall election—has vaulted Walker into the top tier of Republican presidential contenders for 2016. He is the closest person the party has to an early favorite, and not simply because of Chris Christie’s nosedive from grace or because Jeb Bush is still waffling about his intentions. Walker has implemented an impeccably conservative agenda in a state that has gone Democratic in seven straight presidential elections. Unlike Mitt Romney, or, for that matter, John McCain, he is beloved by the conservative base, but he has the mien of a mainstream candidate, not a favorite of the fringe. His boosters, who include numerous greenroom conservatives in Washington and major donors around the country, such as the Koch brothers, see him as the rare Republican who could muster broad national support without yielding a millimeter on doctrine.

This interpretation of Walker’s appeal could hardly be more flawed. He has succeeded in the sort of environment least conducive to producing a candidate capable of winning a national majority. Over the past few decades, Walker’s home turf of metropolitan Milwaukee has developed into the most bitterly divided political ground in the country—“the most polarized part of a polarized state in a polarized nation,” as a recent series by Craig Gilbert in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put it. Thanks to a quirk of twentieth-century history, the region encompasses a heavily Democratic and African American urban center, and suburbs that are far more uniformly white and Republican than those in any other Northern city, with a moat of resentment running between the two zones. As a result, the area has given rise to some of the most worrisome trends in American political life in supercharged form: profound racial inequality, extreme political segregation, a parallel-universe news media. These trends predate Walker, but they have enabled his ascent, and his tenure in government has only served to intensify them. Anyone who believes that he is the Republican to save his party—let alone win a presidential election—needs to understand the toxic and ruptured landscape he will leave behind.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118145/scott-walkers-toxic-racial-politics

and d*mn I hate scott wanker.....

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Tue Jun 17, 2014, 07:13 AM

1. K&R Thanks a kennedy.

 

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Tue Jun 17, 2014, 11:50 AM

2. K&R

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Tue Jun 17, 2014, 11:32 PM

3. I had heard Milwaukee was pretty racially segregated

but I had no idea how badly polarized it really is until reading this article.

Sounds like the kind of toxic mess that a POS like Walker would thrive in and the kind of divisions he would excel at exploiting. That's also why I think he'll be the GOP nominee. But he has to win this November. But with enough voter suppression that shouldn't be the slightest problem.

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