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The “Glory Days” of Scott Walker May Already be Over

Submitted by mark karlin on Tue, 04/26/2011 – 8:34pm.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH FOR TRUTHOUT

These are not the glory days that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was envisioning as he assumed his Napoleonic reign.

Walker, for instance, is openly complaining that the apparently successful effort to initiate recall elections for at least five (now six) Republican state senators who have sided with him, well, that such exercises of democracy are making it difficult for him to govern in a “republic.”

That may explain why the Wisconsin legislature – otherwise known, perhaps, as the rubber-stamp body of the autocratic ruler of the state of “Walkerstan” – is going to try to make it extremely difficult for university students to vote. Shrink the pro-union and progressive vote and win elections by making sure that older white Republicans get the privilege of casting a ballot.

Walker is also hoping to rely on the Koch brothers and other wealthy sources, such as the Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, to keep the public misinformed. As BuzzFlash first reported, the Kochs are putting quite a bankroll into a Facebook campaign to recruit right-wing advocates for “conservative think tanks” around the nation.

And as evidence of the rather suspicious, unsavory and unethical relationships among Walker, David Prosser and Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus continue to mount, Walker has been reduced to taking claim for creating jobs that were already announced by his Democratic predecessor.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on April 24:

Little did anyone know that Gov. Scott Walker was such a huge fan of recycling.

Just look at his latest jobs announcement.

Walker recently took credit in a widely reported press conference for creating 125 jobs at a state manufacturing plant, even though then-Gov. Jim Doyle announced the same new jobs back in December.

About now, Walker may be remembering that he personally can be recalled after a year in office.

You probably won’t hear the governor of “Walkerstan” playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” any time soon.

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White House hands out Obama’s long-form birth certificate

The Hill- By Sam Youngman – 04/27/11 09:07 AM ET

The White House tried to put the issue of whether President Obama was born in the U.S. to rest on Wednesday by distributing his long-form birth certificate to reporters.

The surprise move comes after the issue returned to the front page courtesy primarily of Donald Trump, who is flirting with a campaign for the GOP nomination for president. Trump has rocketed to the top of polls primarily by raising questions about whether Obama was born in the U.S.

A spokesman for the White House said Obama decided to distribute the birth certificate in the best interests of the country.

The spokesman said it would have been better politically for Obama to have the issue play out. Democrats believe it makes Republicans look more extreme and could help the party in the 2012 elections.

Obama directed his legal counsel to request the long-form certificate from Hawaii.

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hat tip HuffPost:

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