How Scott Walker Could Make Us All Smile
The highly calibrated and often-back-tracking statements from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker about presidential politics underscores two things.
The first being Walker does not wish to reside any longer than need be in Madison. In his mind he has faced the issues and implemented the policy changes required and now feels there must be larger arenas in which to fight. There is no way to miss the idea which he holds of himself as a man needing to meet his moment in history.
Walker desperately wants to find a way out of this state since his failed presidential ambitions left him back at the starting gate after only a couple months of effort. Clearly he is not able to make the heavy haul on his own. He needs others to pull him up.
Which is why Walker’s statements about Donald Trump are either very ironic, funny, or unsettling–depending on where you sit on the political spectrum when hearing them.
Walker has now said he would support real estate mogul Donald Trump if he’s the GOP presidential nominee. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow for Walker given that Trump likes to repeat that he sent the governor “packing like a little boy” when he knocked him out of the presidential race. It all is more amusing if you recall that it was only in February 2015 when Walker bowed to Trump in New York in a bid to get his backing for the nomination.
The Washington Post reports that John Kasich’s short list for vice-president include Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, according to one Kasich adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. In addition Trump has suggested in a recent USA Today interview that Rubio, as well as Walker and Kasich, could have a place in his Cabinet.
I fully grasp this is the way politics is played and Walker is not the first–and clearly will not be the last–to allow past slights and grievances to be glossed over for the glory of making it to the next rung on the ladder of success.
But one has to ask at what point does playing such a game run its course? What does a politician do when looking in the mirror but only seeing a smaller looking person being reflected back? What does one say when asked about the absence of self-dignity?
History books from the days of Washington to the present suggest there are not as many self-reflective politicians as I wish were the case. And I have no illusion that when offered a position which glitters Walker will not smile and accept.
But would it not be grand–even make one of those classic Mid-western moments that folks on the coasts would not understand–if when Trump made the offer of a lifetime Walker could proudly and publically quote the line from Johnny Paycheck.
“Take this job and shove it”.
It that were to happen for at least one moment Walker could unite Wisconsinites regardless of political or policy differences. Everyone could relate to the feeling and cheer over the fact that Walker was more than just a typical politician.