The Corner

Taking Aim at Scott Walker, Gail Collins, Panicking, Strikes, Misses

If, as National Journal’s Ron Fournier contends, the task of keeping Scott Walker “real” has fallen to the New York Times’s Gail Collins, one can only imagine that Walker will have a relatively easy run toward the White House. In her panic-stricken weekend piece, Collins made a number of elementary mistakes — of the sort, frankly, that could presumably have been avoided by the judicious use of Google. Walker, Collins charges, was responsible for education “layoffs” that “happened because Walker cut state aid to education.” This, she suggests, is indicative of the sort of “intellectual hiccup” to which Walker is worryingly prone.

In fact, as The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack noted immediately, the layoffs occurred a year before Walker was elected. Where once there stood a sneering piece, now there is an acidic correction, eating, lethally, at its foundations:

An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated that teacher layoffs in Milwaukee in 2010 happened because Gov. Scott Walker “cut state aid to education.” The layoffs were made by the city’s school system because of a budget shortfall, before Mr. Walker took office in 2011.

Elsewhere, Collins proposes sarcastically that Walker refused to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy while abroad, electing instead to “confine his remarks to the virtues of Wisconsin cheese.” Is she honestly unaware that, by declining to knock the United States, he was here following established “water’s edge” protocol? And can she tell us that she wouldn’t have slammed him bitterly for having broken that protocol had he answered the question honestly? One thinks not.

Walker’s “view of teaching,” Collins writes, “is apparently that anybody can do it.” Presumably he won’t make the same mistake with columnists at the New York Times.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Kat Timpf Chased Out of Brooklyn Bar

Fox News personality and National Review contributor Kat Timpf was forced to leave a bar in Brooklyn over the weekend after a woman she had never met became enraged upon learning she worked in conservative media. Timpf, who has twice previously been harassed while socializing in New York City, first described ... Read More
Film & TV

The Dan Crenshaw Moment

Given the spirit of our times, things could have gone so differently. On November 3, when Saturday Night Live comic Pete Davidson mocked Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch, saying he looked like a “hit man in a porno movie” — then adding, “I know he lost his eye in war or whatever” — it was a ... Read More

The Present American Revolution

The revolution of 1776 sought to turn a colony of Great Britain into a new independent republic based on constitutionally protected freedom. It succeeded with the creation of the United States. The failed revolution of 1861, by a slave-owning South declaring its independence from the Union, sought to bifurcate ... Read More

Florida’s Shame, and Ours

Conspiracy theories are bad for civic life. So are conspiracies. I wonder if there is one mentally normal adult walking these fruited plains -- even the most craven, abject, brain-dead partisan Democrat -- who believes that what has been going on in Broward County, Fla., is anything other than a brazen ... Read More

Fire Brenda Snipes

Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections in Florida’s Broward County, does not deserve to be within a thousand miles of any election office anywhere in these United States. She should be fired at the earliest possible opportunity. Snipes has held her position since 2003, in which year her predecessor, ... Read More