The Aftermath

On a Thursday morning three and a half years ago, readers of the Wall Street Journal opened their newspapers to find Gov. Scott Walker’s byline on an article defending his first big legislative initiative. The night before, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature had passed the bill – rewritten to remove a procedural roadblock so they could act without 14 state Senate Democrats who had bolted from Wisconsin nearly three weeks earlier to stall the vote. On that Thursday, the bill would go to Walker for his signature. Headlined “Why I’m Fighting in Wisconsin,” the article began: In 2010, Megan Sampson was…

Poker Face

hen controversy starts to close in, Gov. Scott Walker gets the heck out of Madison. This was a key strategy during the furor over Act 10 – his legislation hobbling most public sector unions in the state – and he used it again in late February, after a court let slip a document dump with the potential to flatten whatever ambitions he harbored for higher office, or even re-election. Soon, every other political reporter in the country was paging casually, madly or curiously through some 27,000 emails collected during the first John Doe probe to investigate Walker allies and associates…

The Scott Walker Newspaper Video Gang Rush

Scott Walker MIGHT run for president, and, if so, he might have to answer questions about immigration. And during an interview with the Wausau Daily Herald, he previewed what his answers MIGHT sound like. “People [who] want to come here and work hard in America – I don’t care where they come from, Mexico or Canada or Ireland or Germany or South Africa or anywhere else – I want them here,” he told the newspaper in a video that makes a nice supplement to the editorial board chit chat also released today, by the Journal Sentinel. “To me,” he says, “if people want to…