Sam Stein of HuffPo has important, breaking news: Scott Walker has not changed since he ran for student body President in 1988 at Marquette — Walker took on the crowds and the newspaper editors then, just as he does now:
Several days removed from the budget battle that roiled Wisconsin over the course of three weeks, Gov. Scott Walker (R) stands out from the major players as a politician who seems unconcerned with being pitted against the protesting masses.
That appears to have been the case for more than a few years. A Democratic source in Wisconsin sends over a newspaper clip and a campaign brochure detailing Walker’s run for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University during his sophomore year in 1988.
Walker never attained a degree from Marquette, but his presidential campaign left an imprint. On the eve of the election, he and his allies distributed copies of a brochure that contrasted Scott’s style of leadership with the rabble-rousing, protest-leading, vague idealism of his opponent.
“Scott knows that student protests and sit-ins are poor substitutes for effective leadership and reasoned argument,” the brochure reads. “In contrast, his opponent has publicly encouraged much demonstration and has tried to lead several ineffective protests of his own.”
Then, as now, unproven accusations (in 1988 that Walker supporters confiscated copies of the student newspaper) were made against Walker, much as Walker’s opponents now falsely accuse him of being a “Koch whore.” Walker is impervious to the name calling and attempts at intimidation.
Walker does what he thinks is right, disregards the mobs, and contrasts his own rational style of governance with the emotional harangues of his opponents.
Walker is sounding better by the day.