Scott Walker can't comment on Syria crisis because "he isn't president yet"


I am thinking of adding a feature to my website where I will have a "joke of the day" and all I will do is post a quote from Scott Walker. It's just too easy.

On several issues, he has attempted to not take a side — including when asked this week what he would do to directly address the crisis facing Europe as hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries search for a safe place to live. Walker said the United States must fight the Islamic State, which he says is at the root of the crisis, but he wouldn’t take a stance beyond that.

“I’m not president today, and I can’t be president today,” Walker said in Rochester on Monday. “Everybody wants to talk about hypotheticals; there is no such thing as a hypothetical.”

Hypothetical? There is a real movement of hundreds of thousands of these refugees. There is nothing hypothetical about that. Is it really so difficult to talk about the dangers of Islamization of Europe due to the massive transfers of population? Do you have to be president to talk of the dangers of increased terrorism from some who come from an intolerant culture? Walker dodges even the easy questions.

However, he looked really good doing his Tom Cruise Top Gun impression riding around New Hampshire on a motorcycle. A pity Jodi Ernst was not there to play the Kelly McGillis part again!

So what is Scott Walker willing to talk about?

He talked about former front-runners who never became president. He compared competing in the presidential race to running a half-mile track event in high school, sticking with the pack until the finish line is close. He also likened his strategy to skeet shooting, aiming the gun at the spot in the sky where the clay pigeon is headed, not where it already is.

Scott Walker is too busy writing poetry describing metaphorical ways in which he's behind in the race to talk about the real issues. I'm surprised he didn't tell the one about the tortoise and the hare! Let me close with a little more Walker-ism:

“I think what’s hurting anybody in the polls is that the media wants to talk about issues that the public doesn’t care about — or, I shouldn’t say doesn’t care about. The media wants to talk about issues that aren’t at the top of the list of what people want to talk about,” Walker said. “At the last debate, nobody asked those sorts of questions. You guys don’t ask those sorts of questions. But those are the questions people ask us.”

"The media want to talk about the issues the public doesn't care about--or I shouldn't say doesn't care about". And this is the new Walker. Then he talks about the issues people do want to talk about.... without ever mentioning what those issues are!

With Rick Perry out of the top ten, I fully expect Scott Walker to take his place and perform a strong comedic role in the next debate.

(Abridged version originally published in AT)



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