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Scott Walker is soft pedaling his withdrawal of his own University of Wisconsin System Regent appointee - a high achieving UW-Platteville student named Joshua Inglett - after finding out that Joshua had signed the recall petition. The UW Regents serve the UW System at the behest of the sitting governor who appoints them on various cycles of rotation. While most of the Regents are politicians, business professionals or an occasional educator, there is always one student serving for a two year appointment. Obviously, this is to keep a diversity of points of view within this important high-level, and as mandated, non-partisan committee.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stated yesterday:

A University of Wisconsin-Platteville engineering student anticipating a new seat on the UW System's Board of Regents was renounced at the eleventh hour by Gov. Scott Walker, who withdrew the young man's appointment after finding out he had signed a petition as an 18-year-old freshman calling for the governor's recall.

Inglett is an engineering physics major, and an impressive student by all qualifications. He  has already founded two businesses and has the full support of faculty and administrators from UW Platteville. On Monday, according to an article in, Walker stated that "Inglett would 'serve the UW System and his fellow students well.'" On Thursday morning, immediately after a rightwing blog reported Inglett's name in the recall petition database, Walker's office announced his withdrawal. Inglett, a sophomore in college, told reporters "I felt like my character had been attacked. They had four months to look this up and Google search me. I looked it up online yesterday. It took me 15 seconds."

Walker has refused to suggest a reason for the withdrawal, but claims that it is for the student's own good. “We’re not going to pull him through all that, there’s plenty of good candidates out there to go forward in that regard,” he suggested somewhat inarticulately to reporters.

State Representative Robin Vos, once himself a student regent, blames Inglett. "He should have been honest and said, 'I signed the recall petition and I'm proud of it' or 'I signed it and I made a mistake.' This is not like you're serving on some minor board."

It is worth recalling, when we look at the success of a young man like Joshua Inglett, that Scott Walker left Marquette University while entering his fourth year, under a cloud of disgrace. While he now tells the world that he had business and family opportunities to pursue, the facts are buried in a murky past. University records about students are generally confidential and these have never been released. Marquette now has vested interest in making Governor Walker happy. However, there are plenty of accounts based on fact, rumor and speculation, regarding Walker's student years. According to a Democratic Party press release from 2010,

In February, 1988, Walker admitted violating Marquette campaign rules during his run for student government president and the Marquette Tribune deemed him “unfit” for office after finding Walker’s campaign guilty of “mudslinging,” and after reports that his campaign was throwing out copies of the paper that contained information damaging to Walker.

Walker left the university not long afterward.

Walker's GPA, upon leaving Marquette, was 2.59. Joshua Inglett is a member of the Campus Honor Society. Walker narrowly squeaked by a John Doe investigation which indicted a significant number of his closest colleagues and allies. Joshua Inglett was a resident assistant in his dorm last year and worked trouble-shooting technology issues in classrooms. In a "compare and contrast essay assignment", one might be asked to draw parallels between the two men, using actions and achievements as evidence, drawing conclusions of character and intention.

In a just universe, which man should have power and influence?

Which man has power and influence in this world?

That might be instructive essay to write, someday, when the conclusions don't stare with reptilian logic through a mediated haze, empty-eyed and dead-souled while reciting the scripts of other men so loudly and often that ethics and efficacy have inverted in the chiasmus of dogmatic repetition. The reprehensible have been rewarded, and they, in turn, get to premeditate the firing of their moral and intellectual superiors.

We brook no dissent. Mired in the cult of personality that runs our state, your anticipatory disloyalty trumps your clear qualifications.

Originally posted to noise of rain on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  I work in academia. I see the weasel and the (40+ / 0-)

    damage done. (Hey, the Solidarity Singers should write a song about that!)

    Seriously, this retaliation is fully bankrupt. Happiness index = 49th and lowering (along with jobs!)

  •  Scott Walker’s ego is so fragile and shallow (14+ / 0-)

    Walker can’t bear promoting a college student who hasn’t always been one of his enthusiastic supporters.

    "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

    by Sand Hill Crane on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:12:50 AM PDT

    •  It's not his ego (4+ / 0-)
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      dragonlady, nadd2, isewquilts2, Creosote

      It's his character that's flawed beyond repair.  

      The real tragedy here is that such a hateful, arrogant, and petty man became so powerful and unstoppable because of his attachment to a political party that will go to any lengths to get power and is backed by an endless stream of money.  His political ambition knows no bounds;  his naked opportunism has him seeking out his next higher elected office before he's even sworn into the one he's just won.

      Walker is well known for punishing anyone who ever opposes him in even the slightest way.  Look at what he's done with the power of the state to punish the Milwaukee County Board by shashing their salaries and ability to conduct business.  And in the next breath he rails against the Federal government as Big Gubmint telling us what do do.  Yet, he sells it well and that's what's really concerning.  Just like the way he decries the poor and disabled "who live off the government" while he's been a moocher with a government paycheck for nearly his entire life (and I'd like to see how much he pushed the envelope on his per diem expenses, too).

      Punishing enemies, rewarding donors, and pandering to ideologues is what Scott Walker does.  And he does it very well, tells lies with a smoothness that Satan must admire, and side steps any question he doesn't like with an unblinking pivot to another talking point on another subject and ensuing that the offending reporter is never allowed near him again (and that's another reason our state and local media don't cross him by putting out stories he doesn't like).

      Scott Walker is a little man with big power.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:25:57 PM PDT

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  •  I can only say "wow" about this paragraph: (9+ / 0-)
    That might be instructive essay to write, someday, when the conclusions don't stare with reptilian logic through a mediated haze, empty-eyed and dead-souled while reciting the scripts of other men so loudly and often that ethics and efficacy have inverted in the chiasmus of dogmatic repetition.
    The nuances, the portrait that you painted with words.....just wow!
  •  thin-skinned and inept (12+ / 0-)

    Walker could easily have played this up as a magnanimous moment and used it whenever anyone pointed out his otherwise blatant cronyism and score-keeping. But no, even though this is a nonpartisan position with very little influence (he'd've been one of what, a dozen regents? more?), he just can't stand to have anyone who has ever disagreed with him anywhere near him. Unintimidated? Not so much.

  •  When I heard about this late yesterday, (15+ / 0-)

    I could hardly take it in.  Signing the recall petition--which was a legal and legitimate thing to do----is now grounds for not being allowed to serve on the UW Board of Regents.  The mind reels.  It really does.  Petty, punitive, nasty, and a vindictive creep----that is Scott Walker.  It's interesting that Walker, when confronted with questions requiring a truthful answer, lies right to the reporter's face.  

    Notice how the courageous act of signing the recall petition is now definitely and overtly being used by authoritarian Republicans in WI to punish anyone who did so.  Repression, oppression, aggression----how much longer before we get to call them what they are:  fascists.  There is nothing about this group that is even remotely democratic any longer.  This is rule by authoritarian thugs.  

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:09:03 PM PDT

    •  Um, I've been calling them fascists for a while (3+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, belinda ridgewood, Puddytat

      Add in rabid nationalism, racism, plutocracy, purity, censorship, propaganda, bribery, the Big Lie....

      Gotta have a list of enemies, you know.

      If the appointee were a state employee rather than a student, political retaliation would be a serious violation of Wisconsin statutes. But he wasn't yet officially appointed.

      So the gross abuse of power continues...


      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:48:22 PM PDT

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      •  If the voters in this state do not (5+ / 0-)

        repudiate Scott Walker in 2014, I don't know what will be left of this state.  This is a nightmare----except nightmares are dreams and this is real.  

        As to calling them fascists----I've just been a bit cautious about that since there are those here who've gotten a tad worked up about the term.  However, after what the legislature pulled last week, led by the insane Mike Ellis, I don't care who likes it or not.  This state is living under fascists.  We have no say in our government; the Republicans are doing the will of the corporations and corporatists who run them.  
        Gack!  I hate living here and I hate that I said that.  

        "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

        by 3goldens on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:09:36 PM PDT

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  •  They're totalitarians (7+ / 0-)

    No dissenting voices, ever. Police won't permit even silent dissent in the gallery at the state legislature. Mike Ellis screaming and breaking his gavel in a furious rage at those who dare object. And now a student isn't ideologically pure enough to serve on the Board of Regents, because his presence might represent an existential threat to the Great Scott. The M J-S article also said that as part of Inglett's interview to get the Board of Regents appointment, one of Walker's sniveling toadies asked him "What do you admire most about Governor Walker?" Seriously. "Ummmmm...he's well groomed?"

    It's all of a piece, folks. Lick Governor Walker's boots or you can't take part in politics here. This is the essence of totalitarianism. One opinion allowed; share it or be damned.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:10:27 PM PDT

  •  Walker's using the recall petition against him... (3+ / 0-)
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    belinda ridgewood, Puddytat, nadd2 a list of political enemies. Walker, to the best of my knowledge, is only the second elected official in this country's history to have an enemies list, the other one is this guy.

    It's absolutely disgusting that, in 2013, there are still elected officials in this country who are using Nixonian tactics.

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:16:40 PM PDT

  •  Please continue speaking out via these diaries! (1+ / 0-)
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    NOR, you have no idea how important you (and the WI diary writers in general) are to me.  Please continue the fight...I know it has been discouraging to live in WI recently, but it is only by being vocal and persistent that we can move the state out of the cesspool that it is in.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 10:52:49 AM PDT

    •  You speak for me as well. (1+ / 0-)
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      In 2012 in Washington State we had a narrow scrape in the battle for attorney general. However, the intelligent and well balanced candidate won - against someone who was among the first groups of state attorney generals to join together to attempt to defeat Obamacare.

      Here, the western side of the state is blue, while the larger eastern side is red - and blind to the fact that west-side taxes pay for the benefits they don't want to pay for.

      Had that election gone wrong, ALEC and Koch & Co would have had a direct pipeline to state government.

      I read Wisconsin diaries in part to get an understanding of how the insidiously dangerous pathology Republican candidates now carry works.

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