[guest post by Dana]
In the media’s continuing efforts to break Scott Walker and put him in his place, today’s New York Times opened their article titled For Scott Walker, a Consistent Approach to Tough Questioning by informing readers – as if it were a fact – that Walker is struggling with questions posed by the media:
As Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin struggled to respond to questions about the president’s patriotism and religion last week, some saw an unprepared presidential hopeful in the national glare — not ready for “the N.F.L.,” as one participant in a Sunday morning talk show put it.
As the NYT cited those two vexing questions that the existence of civilization apparently hinges upon, I thought surely I must have missed something in Walker’s responses. Something like a struggle, and an undeniable one at that.
Asked whether he thought Obama was a Christian, Walker answered:
I don’t know.
And when reminded that the president has publicly spoken about his faith:
I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that. I’ve never asked him that. You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?
Asked whether he thought Obama loved America, Walker answered:
You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. “I’ve never asked him so I don’t know.”
Struggle? What I see is a politician walking through a minefield with skill and dexterity and deftly taking control of the conversation. And I definitely see a man who is infuriatingly smarter than those who seek to trip him up.
Of course none of this has anything to do with Walker “struggling” to answer gotcha questions or what he really thinks of Obama, and it certainly has nothing to do with an indignant media defending the president’s honor, this in spite of Dana Milbank’s hysterical efforts to appear as such. It is simply further evidence of a smug and partisan press continuing their hit job on Walker and most amusingly being unable to grasp that their very actions are having the opposite effect they hoped for: instead of branding Walker as a president-hating presidential-hopeful who pandered to the “Obama is a Muslim from Kenya who hates America” crowd and displayed a cowardice and insidiousness by his responses, they have instead helped shoot Walker right to the top of the polls. When a group is so smugly enamored by their own cleverness they are rendered without self-awareness, and the painfully obvious goes unseen.