Scott Walker, nutbucket

Strike another name from the list of viable Republican candidates for president. Because the Governor of Wisconsin just stepped up to the ledge of insanity and tossed himself into the abyss.

… Walker said on Sunday that a wall along the border between the United States and Canada is a “legitimate issue” to consider.

Oh my dear Lord. Cue the calliope music, Sister Sadie, we got a real Bozo on our hands.

I realize that the Republican campaign has produced more tomfoolery than The Collected Oeuvre of Benny Hill, but for me, this one takes the cake.

Let’s start with the fact that a US/Mexico wall is unworkable, and double it. The US/Canada border is more than twice as long as the Mexican border.

Not. Counting. Alaska.

Walker has generally been considered a “serious” contender, but his talk of a 5,500-mile wall (including Alaska) just sealed his membership in the Nutbucket Brigade alongside the likes of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, and distinguished VTGOP guest speaker Rand Paul.

What’s worse, he’s not some yay-hoo from Oklahoma; he is the actual Governor of a state that shares an actual border with Canada. It’s a rough, remote boundary that includes a hell of a lot of water and swampland. And pretty much no people. (NOTE: This native Michigander made a dumb geographical error here. See below.)

Let’s not forget that no one has identified any sort of broad security risk on the northern border. Certainly not a security risk that would justify spending God knows how many billions of dollars on a stupid fence through thousands of miles of forest, water, mountains, and wilderness. Plus that hotbed of terrorist activity, Derby Line.

Okay, okay, I know: he’s not serious, he’s just pandering. Trying to outmaneuver The Donald. But c’mon now: if you’re going to pander, do it in a way that’s not quite so obviously wackadoodle.

Because really, Scott Walker would have done more to legitimize himself if he had jumped up in the air, shouted “HERP DERP DERP DERPITY DERRRRP,” pulled down his pants, and dropped a load on Chuck Todd’s desk.

Postscript. As noted above, Wisconsin does not, in fact, share a land border with Canada. It does share a water border, somewhere in Lake Superior. My mistake, but the point stands: Scott Walker should know first-hand that the notion of a US/Canada wall is absurd on its face. In that part of the country, the US/Canada border is mainly underwater — in four of the five Great Lakes and associted waterways. Where does the wall go there, Scotty?

Still, it serves me right to make a stupid mistake in a post where I’m calling someone else stupid. My apologies.

12 thoughts on “Scott Walker, nutbucket

  1. Kay Trudell

    You have so many ad hominem attacks here I stopped counting. Bozo? Nutbucket? Yay-hoo? Wackadoodle? Sane political discourse isn’t simply so much name-calling in one short essay that you end up sounding worse than the person you are criticizing on the other side of the issue. Was your degree in journalism? Politics? English? Screaming and ranting and jumping up and down like a five year old is a huge turnoff to intelligent readers on both sides of the aisle.

    1. John S. Walters Post author

      In case you hadn’t noticed, this is a blog. Commentary and analysis from my point of view, nothing more, nothing less.

      But perhaps I should rephrase. Maybe Scott Walker isn’t a nutbucket. Let’s just say he espoused a thoroughly nutbucket idea on national television. Is that better?

  2. Fred Crowley (town of Vershire)

    Your blog ended with: “Because really, Scott Walker would have done more to legitimize himself if he had jumped up in the air, shouted “HERP DERP DERP DERPITY DERRRRP,” pulled down his pants, and dropped a load on Chuck Todd’s desk.”
    You might want to check to see if you have been hacked.

  3. Kay Trudell

    I like reading political and social and cultural commentary from different perspectives. I get that you disagree with Walker’s position on building a border wall. I am betting you are an intelligent man. You would make me take you a lot more seriously if you proved your point with factual, logical, well-reasoned points, not name-calling, but you would lose at least half of your essay if you did so. But don’t worry, I am enough of a consumer of news to know that it isn’t just the Democrats and Progressives and folks on the left that do this. The Republicans have also used similar terms such as yours even on their own people. The inside-the-beltway Washington elitists in the GOP have called their conservative members names like crazies, wacko birds, off the rails, traitors, nutty, etc. I like political commentary and a good debate, but without ad hominem attacks. I try not to do ad hominem. I can’t say I am 100 percent successful, but I try. Maybe this is one of the reasons Washington is broken. We can’t even talk to each other without resorting to name calling. And slinging around terms like “racist” and “homophobe” and “Islamophobe” is even worse because someone disagrees with someone else’s position. (I am not saying you did that. That was just an example.) This behavior is simply designed to make an opponent a pariah, and cut off political discourse. That would definitely not be allowed on a high school or college debating team.

    1. John S. Walters Post author

      Are you seriously suggesting I should take the time and trouble to marshal facts and develop arguments against something as mind-bogglingly stupid as a US/Canada border wall?

      There is a time for reasoned arguments, and there is a time to point out rank stupidity. This is one of the latter occasions.

      1. Kay Trudell

        OK, I agree. That is not needed on our northern border. The southern border is a whole different argument. I am not an open borders person, but we do not need a wall on the Canadian border. However, we all have to admit things could change very rapidly. Canadians in the future may want to build a wall to keep the US population out as more illegal immigrants sneak across our southern border and push to arrive at sanctuary cities. I do have Canadian friends and they tell me that they are growing more and more concerned about what is happening on the USA southern border. They have some problems as well, but they are a little different. They are also concerned about terrorism. We do need to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books. I do not think that is being done. Obama is governing like a Caesar with a pen and a phone. Walker may wish at this point he hadn’t said that. Lots of politicians from all stripes of the spectrum say things they later regret.

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