The most recent issue of the Progressive Populist, an every-other-week compilation of columns by mostly progressive writers from around the country, has a front-page headline that says: "America's Worst Governors Want to Be President."
The column is by Paul Rosenberg, who writes for several media outlets including Salon.com, and who insists that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin's Scott Walker not only want the GOP presidential nomination but are, indeed, the nation's three worst governors.
Rosenberg contends it's a lie that the GOP field for 2016 is substantially stronger than the one that emerged before the 2012 nomination battle. Yes, it's bigger, but that doesn't equate to being better. Ironically, the field ought to be stronger because sitting governors have executive experience, he writes, but it's starting to look like the three are actually members of the "most-hated-governors" club, terribly unpopular in their home states when the opposite ought to be the case.
When each of the three is put up against Hillary Clinton in the polls, each one loses to her, he adds.
Christie's and Jindal's problems have long been documented by the national press, but Rosenberg finds it a bit odd that the national media have essentially given Walker a pass on the 15 felony counts handed down to six Walker aides after the first John Doe and on his "utter failure" to produce the 250,000 jobs he promised during the first election campaign.
And while revenue numbers in the median state have increased by more than 20 percent since the Great Recession, Wisconsin under Walker has seen just a 4 per cent increase.
He notes that back in Wisconsin, Walker's popularity has plummeted since he introduced his budget earlier in the year and them embarked on a virtual nonstop presidential nomination campaign. The last Marquette University poll gave Walker a 56 percent disapproval rating, he notes.
The Progressive Populist, incidentally, is published in the northeast Iowa City of Storm Lake by the Cullen family, who own the city's biggest twice-weekly newspaper. It would be interesting to know just how well Scott Walker is doing in that part of Iowa.
Dave Zweifel is editor emeritus of The Capital Times. email@example.com and on Twitter @DaveZweifel
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