At the time of the controversy in Wisconsin that led to the recent recall election, there appeared to be shoots of more radical stirrings between the cracks in response. That the anger led to that recall election, effectively a short-turnaround rematch between the current governor Scott Walker and the guy he beat already, and its could’ve-called-it-a-mile-away result of Walker winning, can for all intents & purposes be chalked up as a big fat donut for the types that were occupying the capitol back then. Despite the predictability there, both in the run up to the election and ever since, the words “national implications” have appeared on so many pages and emitting from so many pundits mouths that it’s as if there were a required minimum for them to be paid.
Mitt Romney, wanting to claim mojo from virtually anything he can, boarded the bandwagon:
“[Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers,” Romney said at a press conference. “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Earlier today, Scott Walker…disagreed with Mitt Romney. Check out how he did though:
“I think, in the end, the big issue is that the private sector still needs more help,” he told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “The answer’s not more big government. I know in my state, our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That’s not what I think of when I think of big government.”
The quick admission that contrary to their rhetoric, Scott Walker & the Republican party see themselves as coming to the rescue of business by way of manipulation of inputs rather than merely removing artificial restraints would be enough revelation. Yet what he defines outside of big government includes the very group — the police — that makes up interaction with government power for most of us, the tip of the spear so to speak. At least at root teachers & firefighters are expected, however lousy they may turn out at it, to provide a service beyond violence & intimidation.
There is a gigantic loophole that conservatism builds in to anything resembling skepticism of authority on their part, and the nature of that loophole is this: when authority reinforces their preferred cultural norms, it’s welcomed, even worshiped; when it doesn’t, rather than questioning the authority itself whoever happens to control it at that moment is bashed, with a dissonant formulation amounting to “their authority is undermining authority!” With such a remark, Walker’s ruling class privilege is showing like a nipple on a celebrity gossip site.
BTW: to whatever extent Romney has lingering doubts from the GOP base, things like this actually help demonstrate it, as far as his background goes. He so wants to be “down” that he parrots the base talk verbatim without understanding it, in this case accidentally sounding like he actually buys the “down with government, vote GOP!” line. Scott Walker’s response is like “chill, Mitt, it’s just culture war stuff”, while Mitt is from a cultural strain of conservative that didn’t talk to the others much.