Once again Scott Walker comes up short when trying to understand the reason his poll numbers suffer so terribly in Wisconsin.
Following his debacle as a presidential candidate the governor started making road trips to repackage himself and search out a new agenda for his remaining time in office. As such he asked legislators, lobbyists, state agency heads and local economic development agencies to help select attendees for the invite-only gab fests.
Walker stated he wanted to connect with the citizens and talk about the future needs of the Badger State. He even stated a desire to discuss with people “how we should measure success.”
That last phrase is actually the laugh line.
While Walker has held 50 of these sessions not a single one has allowed the rank-and-file citizen to join in the listening and talking. Even the media has been excluded from hearing the back-and-forth conversations.
It is simply galling that Walker thinks these self-constructed sessions in any way reflect the over-all mood of the state or the needs of the average citizen. Since they do not include the average person there is no way that an accurate perspective of the state can be gained.
But Walker thinks these staged events show that things are rosy in the state. He then tells reporters there is a disconnect between his poll numbers and what he hears at these sessions. Walker can not be serious!
If you stage events with political hacks and yes-people who praise you for giving them policy rewards for their campaign contribution there is no way a real understanding of the our state will ever be had.
If Walker had finished college he might better understand the folly of a Potemkin village. Instead what Walker has demonstrated is a most ill-advised way to measure his own success.