When you apply enough money to any problem you’ve got a chance to solve it – at least temporarily. Which is what Scott Walker might be finding out next week.
The Wisconsin governor’s race is a complete dead heat. It’s likely to be decided by only a few thousand votes either way, which means there’s a pretty good chance Walker could lose to Democrat Mary Burke amid a hail of accusations of vote fraud in Milwaukee and Madison.
Who’s Mary Burke? What’s her background? Well, she’s presented herself as a businesswoman who’s helped grow the family bicycle company and knows how to create jobs, and so on.
In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter.
The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as Trek’s human resources director for more than 21 years. His account was confirmed by three other former employees.
“She was not performing. She was (in) so far over her head. She didn’t understand the bike business,” said Ellerman, who started with Trek in 1992, at the tail end of Burke’s first stint as a manager at Trek.
The Wisconsin Reporter piece reprinted at Watchdog.org makes for interesting reading. It’s obviously a hit piece, but it paints a picture which isn’t hard to believe – Burke is a classic lefty politician. She comes from money, but lacks the skill to continue to making it. She makes an abject mess of her personal and professional life, and finds refuge in the politics of unreality. She cultivates people who are similarly unhappy with the lack of success in their lives, adds money to the problem and essentially lies her way to political relevance she can’t get in the real world.
So if you can’t keep from running a bike company into the ground, let’s give you a state to run. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s not all that dissimilar to the guy in the White House. They’ve turned that into an ineptocracy, too.
Burke could very well win, thanks to tens of millions of dollars in union money spent against Walker. The unions want revenge against Walker for the reforms he’s pushed against them, and he’s now in his third election campaign in four years (they tried to recall him in 2012).
If Walker can manage to survive, he’s got to be the GOP’s leading candidate for the 2016 presidential election. But in today’s America you can be an abject disaster with not a hint of success on your resume and still find a home in elected office.
Welcome to the Ineptocracy.