When Scott Walker took a favorable jump in early polls for the Republican nomination for President, that served as their call to action. And they scoured everything they could find and voila, they found it. Scott Walker did not graduate from college. He attended Marquette University but did not finish his degrees, and that is their big attack issue. After all, we can't have a non-college graduate in the White House. Really?
Now I know we all want our children to graduate from college; it has just been accepted as a right of passage by many as a sign of being ready to face the world. But think about it, what is magical about the college degree, especially in modern times when so many degreed grads can't find a job? And really what special qualifications does a degree entail? I mean, really, I know that there are some specialized job sets that require them, such as medicine, law (although Harry Truman studied on his own and passed the bar) and perhaps many scientific and engineering subjects, but with the liberal arts much of it can be done on one's own. And a person who has a drive to be successful can often far outpace what college can do for him or her. Guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs come to mind.
On the other hand, did college prepare Barack Obama for President? It doesn't appear so since he is a failure at economics and his major skill appears to be community organizing and stirring up a crowd, not something that is based on college but more on ideology. We really don't know much about Barack's background since his records have been sealed away from the public by legal action. And of course there is Professor Bill Ayers, someone who I personally wouldn't want a child of mine to emulate.
I would argue that for a man to be successful in working his way up the political ladder and effectively manage cumbersome bureaucratic organizations to improve performance would be an indication of a good candidate for President. After all, in the case of Walker, he served as Milwaukee County Executive and, of course, currently is the Governor of Wisconsin (now in his second term) and has made great inroads to improve both despite being heavily blue territory. And he has done so while successfully defending himself and his family from verbal assaults and threats.
I dare say there are few others who could handle things so well, but then we always have Monday morning quarterbacking around us. No, I think it's just jealousy and the Left's penchant to try and destroy anyone who frighten them and their jaded point of view. And Walker has shown calm and clarity and as he enters the fray I think he offers a battle ready standard that most can't meet.
And to my conservative friends who criticize him for not being conservative enough, I think it's important to realize that you have to work with what you've got. And coming from a blue state which was mired in the depths of socialism as instituted by the previous Governor, Wisconsin was an extremely tough nut to crack. And Walker has done so, maybe not with everything you'd like, but far exceeding what most, if any others, could have accomplished in just over four years. He has accomplished some great things to strengthen free enterprise, has turned a deficit into a surplus and yet has maintained a steady and cheerful demeanor through it all.
While there area couple of other good conservatives that I am favorable to as well, I think we conservatives all need to give Scott Walker a break and see how he does in the rough and tumble of party politics over the next two years. I for one will cheer him on and wish him the best. He exemplifies the best of the Spirit of America.