This has not been a good week for Scott Walker. First he made a fool of himself to the world and now everyone is talking about the fact that he is a college drop out.
No doubt, the fact that Scott Walker dropped out of college presents a problem because it serves to remind America of Walker’s failings. His academic failures at Marquette University pale in comparison to the fact that a public vetting of Walker’s college years would remind America just how warped his ethical compass is. No doubt, that would be seen as a strength to the morally challenged Republican Party. But it’s another story in mainstream America.
Sarah Jones wrote about Walker’s the ends justifies the means code of ethics back in 2011.
A pause while we wonder just what kind of person is so ambitious, so malevolent, so Machiavellian ends-justify-the-means type that they repeatedly campaign illegally in college. If a person starts cheating so maliciously in college that they are called “unfit” for the job they seek when the stakes are basically nothing compared to a state wide or national fight, it’s safe to conclude that they are already the dredges of ethics in politics. Lucky for Scott, this inability to operate in an ethical manner makes him a star in the modern Republican Party.
With so many skeletons in the closet, what’s a Republican candidate wannabe to do? Rush Limbaugh has the perfect solution if you’re an ethically challenged politician vying to be a Presidential candidate for the Koch Brothers’ brand. It’s also helpful if you’re political party has a misogynistic mentality that is incapable of seeing the absurdity of waging a war on yoga pants.
Of course, Rush begins his defense of Walker with an anti-education rant in which he claims that college is what got America into trouble. It’s classic for a party in which intelligence and education are seen as weaknesses.
Meanwhile, over here we got Scott Walker, who all of a sudden is disqualified for the presidency ’cause he didn’t go to college. Well, he didn’t finish. He abandoned college in his senior year, I think. So now he didn’t go to college so he’s not qualified, which is absurd. Most of the people who’ve gotten this country in deep trouble have come out of college. They have been taught how to mess things up in college. They have been instructed in bureaucracy and sustaining bureaucracy and never solving problems and getting credit for solving problems. They never solve anything. They came out of college.
Later in the program, Rush suggests that Walker tell people he quit college to avoid being accused of rape. See here. (Video is courtesy of Media Matters.)
My answer would be: “I left college because I didn’t want to be accused of rape someday.” Now, he can’t say that, of course, but I mean that would just ram it right down their throats. Trying to create this rape culture on the campus.
Well, I quit because I didn’t want to be accused of rape down the road. It seems like any man that goes to college could randomly be accused of committing rape, and whether the story’s true or not doesn’t matter. The people who write the story, ‘Well, I may not have gotten it right here, but we know it happens.’ So I wanted to remove myself from this culture that might have turned me into a very mean guy.” And just see what they say. Cram what they believe, what they claim right down their throats.
Of course, Rush wouldn’t be Rush unless he can find some way to blame the failings of ethically challenged men like Walker and himself on women.
The reality is while Rush is as pro Walker as Rush is capable of being pro anyone other than himself, he does not offer this advise as an altruistic gesture. This is as much about trying to claim that women lie about rape and rape culture doesn’t really exist as it is about giving his boy Scott a politically correct lie to explain his failings as a human being and as a student.
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