One could say a lot of things about Scott Walker.
He's incompetent. He's a liar. He's corrupt.
All of which is true.
But the thing that Walker excels at is hypocrisy. He keeps surprising even me with the heights of hypocrisy he can reach. And once again, he outdoes even himself in that category.
Walker sent out a campaign email blast talking about what he is going to say at the Republican National Convention this week. Unable to find anything nice to say about Donald Trump, the candidate that he is supporting, he has decided to take potshots at Hillary Clinton and the alleged email scandal.
However, the level of hypocrisy in the email* is simply breathtaking (emphasis his):
This week I will be speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and here is why:
I would not give Hillary Clinton the password to my phone – let alone security clearance to classified information.
She is wholly unfit to be President.
As you will see on Wednesday, I will not hide my frustration over the recent decision by federal prosecutors not to charge Clinton for her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
You and I both know that any other American would face consequences if they did what she did – or if she was still in office, she would have been fired or prohibited from access to classified information.
But now she wants to hold the highest office – once again proving that in Washington, there is one set of rules for the elite and another for everyone else.
If she was still in his cabinet, Obama would have to fire Clinton. Instead, he campaigns with her.
Voters do not want the status quo in Washington, D.C. and they are sick and tired of Washington insiders rigging the system for other Washington insiders.
During my speech I will remind the American people that a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump is a vote for Washington insider Hillary Clinton.
President Obama recently pointed out that for the past eight years GOP governors have fought his agenda. He is right (for once).
As Governor, I have fought his Big Government agenda every step of the way and Wisconsin is better for it. On Wednesday, I will be proud to show the American people that there is an alternative to the Washington way … and our conservative successes in Wisconsin are proof positive.
Thank you for your unwavering support for our conservative agenda, Friend. I would be honored if you would tune in to my speech at 10:23PM EDT, on Wednesday, July 20th.
My, oh my. What a fine topic for Walker to speak on.
But somehow, I just don't think that Walker will talk about how he used private email to conduct government business, both as Milwaukee County Executive and as governor.
Another thing that I doubt Walker will mention is that prosecutors looking into Walker's own email scandals said that Walker was the center of a criminal scheme:
Prosecutors allege that Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and '12, according to documents unsealed Thursday.
In the documents, prosecutors lay out what they call a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws by Walker, his campaign and two top deputies — R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl.
The governor and his close confidants helped raise money and control spending through 12 conservative groups during the recall elections, according to the prosecutors' filings.
The documents include an email in which Walker tells Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, that Johnson would lead the coordination campaign. Johnson is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall elections.
"Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities)," Walker wrote to Rove on May 4, 2011.
In fact, the only reason that Walker hasn't been indicted yet is because the same dark money groups he has been collaborating with filed lawsuit after lawsuit to stall the investigation. Add to this that four of the state supreme court justices were greatly aided by and obligated to these same dark money groups and it's no surprise that they sided with their benefactors, stopping the investigations for now, pending a decision from the United State Supreme Court.
Since Trump and the Republicans were desperate in trying to get people to even come to the convention, much less speak at it, I guess they had to take what they could get. But I don't see how such a hypocritical sleazeball is going to help their cause at all.
*Here is a screencap of the email: