As a member of the political press, I have to say, the media’s recent attempts at exposing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as an unsuitable presidential candidate have been nothing short of embarrassing.
If you were dropped into America from Mars — nay, Canada! — you’d have the distinct impression that we only elected amateur psychologists, who were required to peer into the soul of some guy named Barack Obama, who is not running for President in 2016. Let’s stop the madness.
Does Scott Walker believe that President Obama loves this country? Does he believe Obama is a Christian?
To the first, which was asked because another person who is not running for President said he does not, Walker answered, “the mayor can speak for himself.”
To the second he replied, “I don’t know,” which is apparently sacrilege, unless you are one of the many Democrats who have suggested outright that the President is not a Christian.
Walker went on to rightly and articulately condemn this question as absurd: “To me this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and increasingly they dislike the press. The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”
Yet, the media is insisting, quite earnestly, that Walker’s answers to these questions that have nothing to do with policy or legislation ought to disqualify him from running for President.
Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post: “What Scott Walker did ought to disqualify him as a serious presidential contender.”
Also, Walker’s answers to these insane questions somehow prove he’s lacking leadership.
MSNBC.com: “Scott Walker Faces Leadership Test, Fails.”