Walker Continues to Dodge Questions

In the movie Dodgeball, legendary coach Patches O’Houlihan told his team that they must learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge! Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is applying that lesson to politics. He doesn’t have a belief on evolution (allegedly) or on other issues. And now he doesn’t know what to say about net neutrality:

Although net neutrality has been a hot-button topic for several years, Walker did not reveal whether he favors or opposes it, only explaining that he supports freedom.

“Well, those are the sorts of things we’re going to talk about going forward should I choose to be a candidate,” Walker said, “but I think on that or any other principle, to me the guiding principle should be freedom.”

“We want a free and open society, we want to have the government out of the way,” he added.

That’s just gibberish. He said absolutely nothing. Can he really not have given any thought to that issue at all? It’s not like it’s some obscure issue, for crying out loud.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    If you want to know the real Walker, read Borowitz.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Andy Borowitz is a goddamned national treasure.

  • alanb

    He supports freedom? Hey, what a coincidence! I support freedom too! I guess I should vote for him.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He said absolutely nothing.

    He’s against it.*

     

    * “….we want to have the government out of the way.”

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “We want a free and open society, we want to have the government out of the way,” he added.

    Absolutely! This man knows what it’s all about. We want major monopolistic corporations in the way and running our life, not the government.

  • felicis

    “We want a free and open society, we want to have the government out of the way,”

    Notice the implication – more ‘government’ is ‘less freedom’, ignoring that other actors than government can reduce our freedom as well (employers, for example); ignoring that ‘freedom’ is not an unadulterated good (should companies have the ‘freedom’ to pollute? To fire all of their black employees? To set up a ‘company town’ where the goods cost more than the pay supports, keeping families in perpetual debt servitude?)

    Of course – I don’t believe he is thinking that deeply about this (or any other) subject. He’s mouthing platitudes. I have trouble believing that he’s ever thought deeply about *anything*.

  • gshelley

    But that’s the mantra of many on the right – There has never been an instance where government regulation has improved anything. I have seen people make this argument against Net Neutrality

  • raven

    Walker might just flame out in a puddle of ignorance and dumbness. He doesn’t come across as being very bright. He also has a reputation for lying a lot.

    I can hope anyway.

    So did George Bush. As one of the generals said, “We tried electing a moron and look how that worked out.”

    OTOH, that didn’t stop Wisconsin from electing him three times as he proceeded to wreck the state. Wisconsin ranks 35th in recovery from Bush’s Great Recession. I guess hate and lies are more important than prosperity, jobs, and fiscal responsibility.

  • John Pieret

    “We want a free and open society, we want to have the government out of the way,” he added.

    Yeah! Let’s get rid of that pesky Bill of Rights* and the unelected judicial tyrants that enforce them!

    ______________________________________________

    * Except the 2nd Amendment, of course!

  • raven

    There has never been an instance where government regulation has improved anything.

    Yeah, they say that.

    It’s factually wrong. Food safety, drugs that work, and the EPA were all invented to address serious problems. And worked well.

    Places without an effective government and few regulations that aren’t enforced anyway are known as…the Third World. Countries like Somalia and Honduras are what a Libertarian paradise looks like.

  • caseloweraz

    Ed: Walker Continues to Dodge Questions

    The which is completely understandable. If he didn’t do that, he’d have to shut up for good and retire from public life (whether voluntarily or otherwise.) What can we say about a country in which a major portion of the electorate thinks the ability to smoothly dissemble is the primary criterion of ability to govern effectively?

  • eric

    we want to have the government out of the way

    And yet you took a job as a state governor. Makes sense. The rest of us always take jobs with organizations we think should do nothing/not exist.

  • some bastard on the internet

    This kind of reflexive-dodging must have been honed to perfection after trying it on many other easy-to-answer questions.

    “I’ll tell you what, what really matters is that freedom is preserved, and government is out of way of our liberties!”

    “Sir, the question was, ‘Paper or Plastic?'”

  • Michael Heath

    Scott Walker’s being revealed as a more articulate version of Sarah Palin.

    Scott Walker:

    I think on that or any other principle, to me the guiding principle should be freedom.

    OK doofus; regarding net neutrality, whose freedoms will you be advocating we protect at the expense of other people’s freedom? Oh, in Palinandia that’s an unfair ‘gotcha’ question. So it’s not worthy of a response. Not that the media in the real world has the competency and integrity to ask such questions.

  • k_machine

    “My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball. But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”

    http://youtu.be/Tv5CT7r3Txo?t=3m54s

  • blf

    “Governor, is your name Whataloon or Watchaloon?”

    “Well, those are the sorts of things we’re going to talk about going forward should I choose to be a candidate…”

  • scienceavenger

    Fox is going full loon on this issue, calling it a government takeover of the internet. Really. Just give Walker some time to learn his lines.

  • felidae

    Little Scotty Squawker has all the deviousness and lust for power of Richard Nixon but, fortunately, not the brains which may save us in the end

  • Doug Little

    “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”

    One of my favorite lines from that movie.