Thursday, September 9, 2010

Scott Walker a RINO?

Good question.

For several weeks it seemed that Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker was steamrolling his way to the Republican nomination for Governor. 

With momentum behind him, however, it seems odd that Walker would take public digs into opponent Mark Neumann.

Walker's current campaign ad compares Neumann with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an insulting buzz phrase for right-wing Republicans.

But the accuracy of that ad and the inferences flowing from it have come into question: http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2010/sep/09/scott-walker/scott-walker-says-mark-neumann-nancy-pelosi/ and Neumann came out with a positive response, noting Walker's own support for federal transportation funding.

All of this calls to mind Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."

In light of this transgression and the tenor of Walker's campaign, the question is begged:  Is Scott Walker a RINO? 

For the record, I am undecided, but this swipe against Neumann could well backfire.


2 comments:

Dad29 said...

Well, it COULD backfire--but as you recall, the real mudslinging was initiated by Neumann, a man with a fixation on obtaining public office.

Walker does have a few Big Gummint bones in his body--his endorsement by the Ethanol Crowd is highly suspicious.

But as the Left knows (and fears), Walker is FAR more electable than Neumann, who has Big Green silliness running in his blood, too.

RAG said...

I have to disagree a bit in that I don't see a lot of difference between the two except I think Neumann is more electable. I believe he would be less offensive to independent voters. Plus, Walker vs. Barrett turns it into a Milwaukee race.

People don't always vote on philosophy or qualifications. They like candidates they can like. Neumann probably does more to make himself likeable.