America is unique. Unique in the only-industrialized-nation-not-to-have-health-care kind of unique. It’s also unique in the way of perpetual campaigning. The presidential election is until next year, but dozens of campaigns are in full swing.
The latest to join the fray is a man that makes Wonder Bread look tan, and way more interesting: Scott Walker. Or, as thee man Charles Pierce routinely paints him: the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin.
I bring this up because of a tangential connection to the state of Wisconsin. My dad used to work there for a few years in the mid-90s, and my mom and sister spent some months living down there. I enjoyed it: grocery shopping at the Piggly Wiggly, the Great Lakes, and even tourist traps like the Dells and Ripley’s Believe-it-or-Not Museum were kinda cool to a 12-year-old me.
But make no mistake, Scott Walker is a terrible leader. He’s beholden to only the richest and shadiest characters. He hates unions. He won’t win the election, but the fact that Republicans want to hitch their wagon to this guy’s horse is depressingly scary.
Either way, if you’re interested, please read this:
- The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker (Alec MacGillis, New Republic)