By all means, Scotty, enjoy your moment in the sun. The world of oppo research anxiously awaits its turn.By Charles P. Pierce Esquire (2/5/14)
Ed Kilgore is correct to take seriously Charlie Black’s sudden crush on Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. Black is, as Kilgore points out, as close to an Establishment voice as the Republican party has at the moment, and the blog here has been telling you for two years now not to sleep on this ambitious hack. Ed does a good job on the pros and cons of Candidate Scotty, but he misses one big example of the latter.
If you like the grandiose and unfolding corruption in New Jersey under Chris Christie, you’re going to love the penny-ante thievery in Wisconsin under Scott Walker.
His entire political career has been marked by one laughably cheap scam or another. His first campaign has an impressive body count; former aides went to jail for using his office as Milwaukee County Executive to campaign for him for governor. He also has a absolute gift for surrounding himself with people who have interesting notions of public service. My favorite is still Ken Kavanaugh, who was convicted for literally robbing money from widows and orphans, and for pillaging a fund dedicated to taking the children of American soldiers killed in action to the zoo. Scott Walker hires people who have rubber pockets so they can steal soup. I, for one, look forward eagerly to how he will staff the Treasury Department. And now there’s a special prosecutor looking into possible illegalities in the campaign through which Walker fought off a recall effort. And it’s always nice to be a friend of Governor Scotty. And this is not even to mention the ongoing fire sale of Wisconsin’s natural wealth to the extraction industries. For the most part, the political corruption of Scott Walker’s Wisconsin is the functional equivalent of people who steal the tips off the restaurant tables as they run for the door.
By all means, Scotty, enjoy your moment in the sun. The world of oppo research anxiously awaits its turn.