The Corner

Scott Walker’s College Years

David Fahrenthold has an article in the Washington Post about them: “As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit.” Questions about the purpose of the article and its effects on Walker’s chances are lingering on Twitter, but something else about the article jumped out at me. Here’s the passage:

He is known for an astounding political hot streak: Since 1993, he has run 11 races for state legislature, county executive and governor — including a highly unusual recall election in 2012 — and he has won them all.

But before that streak came a string of defeats — the campus election, his failure to finish college and his first campaign for state office.

In what sense was Walker’s failure to finish college a “defeat”? The assumption that people who don’t get college degrees are losers is too widespread in our culture, but in this case it seems especially clearly mistaken.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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