My email address has been sold to many Republican groups and politicians*. Most of them are deleted unread, but today I got the following email from Scott Walker. Its subject line was “Senseless Recall,” so you understand why I simply had to open it. And it was so funny and full of spin–not even clever spin–I had to share.
This is it. The Wisconsin Recall election is less than four weeks away.
The liberal special interests and Washington insiders have sworn to spend tens of millions of dollars to defeat me. I need your help right now to beat back this senseless Recall. Will you stand with me today?
For more than a generation in Wisconsin, the power of special interests and the liberal elite have gone largely unchecked. My Administration finally stood up to them, and we changed the way we do things in government in Wisconsin.
That’s why my opponents are so desperate to defeat me in this Recall. They want to roll back the clock and take us back to the days of skyrocketing taxes, bloated budgets, and unchecked and unaccountable spending. We cannot let that happen.
The moment I became Governor, I set about the work that the people of Wisconsin sent me to do. Weeliminated the deficit left by my Democrat predecessor. We gave the freedom of choice to public employees. Our reforms have allowed public employees to decide if they would like to spend (in some cases more than a thousand dollars a year in dues) or keep their hard earned money. We finally put the control of state government back where it belongs, in the hands of the people.
I kept my promises to the voters here in Wisconsin. I didn’t raise taxes. We have not had massive lay offs of state workers. Our reforms have balanced the budget and lowered the unemployment rate to a level unseen since 2008.
Now I need you to help me tell the out-of-state special interests that we do not want another tax-and-spend liberal in charge here in Wisconsin.
This Recall is not just about Wisconsin, it is about the cause of reform across this country. It is about deciding what kind of country we are going to be for generations to come. We must send a message that we can and will live within our means. We must not hand power back to a small group of special interests and let them run state governments into the ground across this great nation.
When we defeat this baseless Recall, it will send a powerful statement across our country about the kind of government we want to have and the bold reforms that will get us there.
We have less than a month to go. I need your help – not tomorrow, not next week, but right now.
Today, I ask you to stand with me so I can continue to stand up for hard working taxpayers. Together, we can defeat this Recall and make history – in Wisconsin and across the country.
Notice its greeting–”Patriot,” not “Wisconsinite”–even though the email is about out-of-state money working to defeat him, yet, of course, he says nothing about the out-of-state money that’s helped him, nor does he acknowledge that the person he’s emailing is out of state. He says the ”liberal elite” are trying to kick him out just because he “stood up to them.” He says liberals want to “roll back the clock,” as if he’s the progressive and his policies were pushing Wisconsin in the right direction. He gave “the freedom of choice to public employees” — what a sweetheart! But my favorite part might be his complaint about “special interests.” There’s nothing in there about how he told the richest woman in Beloit (I know that does not sound impressive, but she’s a billionaire in a city where the average salary is $28,000) that he planned to get rid of unions and make Wisconsin completely Red. At this point, even his most die-hard supporters acknowledge that he is the king of special interest money. It’s impossible to be angry at this email because it’s just too ridiculous.
If you don’t know what I mean about the richest woman in Beloit, her name is Diane Hendricks and she has given Walker a half million dollars so far in 2012, but did NOT pay taxes in Wisconsin from 2005-2008 (data for more recent years is unavailable). According to Forbes magazine, her company, ABC Supply Company, is worth $2.8 billion with annual sales approaching $5 billion. Here is the “Divide and Conquer” clip:
He got kicked out of college and next he’s going to be kicked out of office. I also suspect he’ll be spending some time in prison–maybe he and Blago can be cellmates! I mean, why else would Walker need a criminal defense fund? He channeled $60,000 out of his campaign for it, which he’s only allowed to do if he’s being investigated or been charged for “prohibited practices” in a campaign. Oh, it’s going to be delicious. I don’t take pleasure in people’s misfortunes, but when a bad guy goes down–what’s yummier than that?
*Four years ago, I had some correspondence with the McCain camp. Then they emailed me relentlessly no matter how many times I asked to be removed their list. Finally, I complained over Twitter and received a snippy reply for the public way in which I asked, but it worked–I no longer get emails from McCain. I do, however, get emails from all sorts of GOPers, so I can’t help but suspect McCain sold my email address.