After trying and failing to show that he has a grasp of foreign policy at CPAC by claiming that if he could take on 100,000 teachers, he can take on ISIS, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin went to Florida and spoke to the Club of Growth. And he made this rather bizarre argument about Ronald Reagan’s greatest foreign policy accomplishment:
Frayda Levin, a board member of the Club for Growth who moderated a question-and-answer session with Walker, said that after the governor met with top donors in New York last week, “the feedback was you were not prepared to speak about foreign policy.” What, Levin asked, was he doing to prepare to be president?
Walker responded by ticking through his recent itinerary of face time with foreign policy luminaries: a breakfast with Henry Kissinger, a huddle with George P. Shultz and tutorials at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution.
But then Walker suggested that didn’t much matter.
“I think foreign policy is something that’s not just about having a PhD or talking to PhD’s,” he said. “It’s about leadership.”
Walker contended that “the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime” was then-President Ronald Reagan’s move to bust a 1981 strike of air traffic controllers, firing some 11,000 of them.
“It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world,” Walker said. America’s allies and foes alike became convinced that Reagan was serious enough to take action and that “we weren’t to be messed with,” he said.
Okay, I think it’s time that we just concluded that Scott Walker isn’t very bright. This reminds me a lot of a conversation I had in the green room of a TV news show on a PBS station here in Michigan with a legislative aide to former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who was announcing on the show that he was running for governor (he lost, badly). And we’re watching the show on a TV in the room and every time Hoekstra says something, his aide was looking disgusted and shaking his head.
I said, “You don’t look happy with your boss’ performance.” He replied, “Off the record, right?” I said sure. And he said, “He’s an idiot. He gets these arguments in his head and he repeats them over and over again and it drives me crazy.” He said the one that his boss kept repeating those days was, “If wind energy was the key to energy security, the Netherlands would rule the world.” It wasn’t the only such conversation I ever had with an aide to a politician. Get a few drinks in them and the ones who know they work for an idiot will come out and tell you that. And this is not at all an unusual situation for them.