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Awkward video: Scott Walker’s challenger answers a question about her jobs plan

posted at 6:46 pm on December 12, 2013 by

If this is what he’s up against, Gov. Scott Walker has to be the odds-on favorite to win his third gubernatorial election in four years:

Come on, guys.  She’ll come up with a “jobs plan” when the moment is right. One could argue that perhaps the right moment should have arrived, say, before she launched her campaign, but let’s not get too bogged down.  I wonder if her eventual brainstorm might entail government “investments,” which have to funded somehow (hint, hint).  As a point of reference, Mary Burke was a part of the failed administration of Gov. Jim Doyle, who presided over high taxes, high unemployment and large structural deficits.  Gov. Walker has beaten the Left and cleaned up the mess through successful budget reforms and pro-growth policies.  In the process, he’s exposed Big Labor as a deep-pocketed emperor with no clothes.  For more information on Walker’s likely 2014 opponent, visit www.MaryBurke.com.  Well played, Wisconsin GOP.

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Counter-point – being content-free got the Rats Congress in 2006, further gains in Congress and the Presidency in 2008, allowed them to keep the Senate in 2010, and allowed them to keep the Presidency and make gains in Congress in 2012.

Steve Eggleston on December 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

On the other hand, with the notable exception of Mark Neumann supporters abandoning Tommy Thompson in the 2012 Senate race, the divisions that are tearing apart the GOP nationally don’t exist in Wisconsin.

Steve Eggleston on December 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Guy, you didn’t just link a video, you linked a playlist of videos.

Walker is a shoo-in, & he deserves to be, but with the editing of the video, we don’t know if she went on to give a broad, non-specific jobs agenda.
There’s a difference between not having every detail nailed down & not having any idea what to do.

itsnotaboutme on December 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

She knows that she’s going to lose. Even her logo shows a red Wisconsin.

Valkyriepundit on December 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM

She knows that she’s going to lose. Even her logo shows a red Wisconsin.

Valkyriepundit on December 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I suppose it’s encouraging that the Rats are reclaiming the Communist Red color. That shift from the traditional Republican Blue/Democrat Red scheme, as well as the alternate party-in-power blue/party-out-of-power red, has bothered me since the 2002 election cycle.

Steve Eggleston on December 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

It’s Jim Doyle, but close enough.

drewwerd on December 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

It’s Jim Doyle, but close enough.

drewwerd on December 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Give Guy a break – he went to Northwestern.

Steve Eggleston on December 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

This is the most comprehensive jobs plan I’ve heard from a Dem yet.

GOPRanknFile on December 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Burke can keep her plan if she likes it.

Shy Guy on December 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Counter-point – being content-free got the Rats Congress in 2006

Steve Eggleston on December 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Steve, I beg to differ.

Promises like these got the Rats Congress in 2006:

Nancy Pelosi, 2006:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

Nancy Pelosi, 2007:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

ITguy on December 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Counter-point – being content-free got the Rats … further gains in Congress and the Presidency in 2008…

Steve Eggleston on December 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Barack Obama got them their gains in 2008 and 2012.

But I have a feeling that 2014 will be a lot like 2010.

ITguy on December 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Barack Obama got them their gains in 2008 and 2012.

But I have a feeling that 2014 will be a lot like 2010.

ITguy on December 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

From your keyboard to God’s ears!!!

VelvetElvis on December 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Sadly this sort of answer doesn’t cost Dems elections. Remember Bloomin’ Idiot’s incoherent rambling about how to create jobs in that debate against Linda McMahon? That was maybe the most pathetic thing I’d ever seen and he won easily.

Doughboy on December 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Steve & drewwerd — yep…mindless error on my part. Fixed!

And Steve, I’d take a shot back, but the most recent NU-UW football result doesn’t provide much ammo.

Guy Benson on December 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Here is Mary Burke’s canned answer when a plant reasks the question tomorrow:

“I plan on raising the minimum wage and fully implementing Obamacare. The income redistributive effect of the will spur demand and increase employment.”

Deafdog on December 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

See Ryan/Geithner,

We’re not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to our long-term problem. What we do know is we don’t like yours.

More of the same.

FineasFinn on December 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Barack Obama got them their gains in 2008 and 2012.

But I have a feeling that 2014 will be a lot like 2010.

ITguy on December 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

I’m predicting that employers will be notifying employees of dropping coverages or massive cost increases right before elections… and that Democrats will be BEGGING Republicans to repeal Obamacare before that, or face the demise of their party.

If people are this worked up over healthcare changes affecting 5 million people, what do you think the sh!tstorm will be like with 189 million people?

Personally, I hope we don’t run out of popcorn before then…

dominigan on December 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Political code for “attacking Walker is easier than offering or defending any ideas of my own.”

She’s a sacrificial lamb. Like McCain.

Recon5 on December 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Walker is a shoo-in, & he deserves to be, but with the editing of the video, we don’t know if she went on to give a broad, non-specific jobs agenda.

I caution anyone who has a stake or interest in the Wisconsin governor’s race (or Walker’s larger political career) from insisting he’s a shoo-in.

He did something damn well remarkable here with Act 10. Years from now, I am confident saying it will be Act 10 that keeps Wisconsin cities like Milwaukee from going the way of Detroit (thus protecting the public employees with pensions from seeing cutbacks in their pensions like Detroit retirees).

That being said — he still has people in Wisconsin who hate him, who are actively seeking to dig up dirt on him (see the revived John Doe investigations), and who will do whatever it takes to get him out of office.

So we cannot rest on our laurels and assume he’ll win. He should, but last I checked his poll numbers are still hovering around 50%, so we need to take this very seriously.

I am curious to see what will happen in the Democrat party, however. Kathleen Vinehout seems to be considering primarying Burke and what that will do to Wisconsin Democrats. If they’re split between Vinehout and Burke, it will only help Walker.

englishqueen01 on December 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Typical leftist goon, she can go sit on a toilet?

losarkos on December 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM