Like Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finds himself at the center of a big story he claims he can't remember his part in. Where, as Amy Sullivan puts it
, "Romney knows for sure he didn't think the guy was gay in the incident he doesn't remember," Scott Walker
"[doesn't] remember all of the particulars" of the incident we have on video
, in which he told a billionaire donor that taking collective bargaining rights from public workers was "the first step" in a bigger plan, "because you use divide and conquer."
Walker is befuddled by the fact that people want to talk about that old stuff:
Walker said it was interesting that "our opponents want to rehash, replay the debate. I think the vast majority, myself included, want to move on, move forward."
Translation: I have an election to win, here. The last thing I need is for people to be reminded that my attacks on public workers were just the first step of a larger plan.
On the subject of free rider legislation, which billionaire Republican Diane Hendricks specifically asked him about in the divide and conquer video, leading to his answer that public workers were "the first step," Walker said:
"I think it is clear what I've learned from the past year, and I feel strongly about is people don't want to go back and replay that debate," he said in Burlington.
Translation: I've learned that you win elections by hiding your extremist agenda, and only press policies people will hate afterward
. Ask me about that again if I'm still governor in a month.
We have to learn a lesson from the last conversation between Walker and a Republican billionaire, or someone Walker believed to be a Republican billionaire, to be made public. In February, 2011, a phone conversation between Walker and a David Koch imposter found Walker saying "I told my cabinet ... about what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. We'd already kind of built plans up but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb."
Walker's hoping Wisconsin voters will forget that he came into office with plans to drop a bomb, and not wonder what his future bombing plans are. Please give $3 to help Tom Barrett defeat Scott Walker on June 5.