The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that while serving as Milwaukee County executive Walker would have his aides and associates post positive blurbs under adopted monikers in the comments sections below stories on the newspaper's site.Sure! That's "old news" (Talking Point #1). He now follows up by noting that he wasn't charged in the original John Doe (Talking Point #2). And that's closely followed by Talking Point #3, that the prosecutor in that case was a Democrat (conveniently ignoring the fact that the overseeing judge in the case was a Republican). And then Talking Point #4, that the original John Doe was closed March, 2013 (again, conveniently forgetting that 6 of his close aides and associates were convicted in that case and that a new John Doe grew out of the original which is still ongoing).
"Those are things from the past," Walker said of the past commenting. "What we are trying to do even going forward right now is to comment in every different forum...We live in a world right now where there are hundreds of different media."
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
The thing that galls me about the anonymous blogging of his staff is that it's exactly like the RW fraud of astroturfing where billionaires set up what looks like a citizens group when it's really a front to funnel money into attack ads against Republican opponents. Walkers County staff and his campaign staff hiding behind anonymous screen names pretending to be ordinary citizens that strongly support Walker and bash any opposition is fraud. And when it's done on a on a secret router to prevent data archiving, using private account, and in a taxpayer office while County work should have been done, it's theft.
I wonder how much real County work got done in that office.
And just when did that anonymous blogging stop? Are you "sure" it stopped? Just like your statement yesterday that there is no private email system in the Governors office, how would you know? You claimed you didn't know it existed in your County Executives office although the emails we're seeing now show us you used it.
Frankly, I don't believe a word you say. No one should.
In other news, the plutocrats are riding to Scott Walkers rescue. Forbes is proudly proclaiming Scott Walker to be the "Comeback Kid" (no, I'm not joking).
A resurrected investigation into his time as Milwaukee County executive thus far appears benign–POLITICO reporter Elizabeth Titus calls it a “scandal snoozer”–and a previous iteration of the same probe exonerated him last year, even as several aides were punished.They're right that Politico was the first to come to defend Walker by deriding the onslaught of revelations.
Of the many potential 2016 Republican candidates for U.S. president, Walker stands out as most thoroughly vetted. He weathered vicious attacks during his successful union fight and became the only governor in American history to survive an electoral recall.(bolding is mine)
Whaaaaat? The most thoroughly vetted? Who do they think they're kidding here? Scott Walker has obscured or hidden almost everything, including his schedule (the first Governor to do that), ignored Open Records Laws, and most of the information about misconduct in his Milwaukee County Executives office remains secret and under seal (only the Kelly Rindfleisch documents became available and only because she's appealing her conviction).
And then on to portraying Walker as a victim:
In his recent book, Unintimidated, the governor details how haters opposing Act 10 etched Walker dead body chalk outlines, urinated on his office door, scattered .22 bullets on state capitol grounds and even menaced his wife, threatening to “gut her like a deer.”All lies, by the way. If any of those things EVER happened, it would have been front page news. It wasn't as well as his claims in the book that a bunch of teachers roughed him up and prevented his car from leaving an interview site.
“There were times that I did feel like a masochist,” Walker told me in a recent interview.“I’ve had way more scrutiny than we ever anticipated. But you get through it, and you’re stronger because of it.”
Look for more of this as corporate media works to prop Walker up as time marches on.
The Republican Governors Association recently made a $1.2 Million media ad buy that's going on now to try to divert the publics attention from Walker to attacks on Mary Burke, his Democratic opponent. The attack ad tries to blame Burke, the Wisconsin Commerce Secretary at the time, for the effects of the Wall Street financial collapse in 2008.
Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin, said Republicans donors have "pressed the panic button" on Walker's campaign.Stay tuned.
"(Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's) million dollar buy didn’t move the needle," Ross said, referring to another recent ad supporting Walker. "And so now RGA is doing the dirty work and spending in Wisconsin before they've dumped money practically anywhere else in the country."