I was at first impressed by Scott Walker, for taking on civil service unions in Wisconsin. They are a serious problem in Hamden, CT, where our Town and State workers live with better pay, pensions, and job protections than the dwindling middle class in the private sector. But more and more people have written about an extremely ugly side to Governor Walker. He is a famous, climate change denier, and his biggest funders are the Koch brothers. Now Frank Bruni knocks him down
“In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher’s son and invoked religion repeatedly, as he has throughout a perpetual candidacy that stretches back to his college days, when he told the Marquette University yearbook: “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.”
But what I see in him is the kind of soullessness too common in American politicians and the kind of careerism that makes American politics such a dreary spectacle.
I see an ambition even more pronounced than any ideology. I see an interest in personal advancement that eclipses any investment in personal growth.”