Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker publicly pooh-poohs all the presidential buzz around him, which means in private he’s picking out the drapes for the Oval Office. One thing that won’t get in Walker’s way is marriage equality. At the National Governor Association meeting last weekend, Walker all but raised his hands thanks to God for the convoluted process needed to repeal the state’s ban on marriage equality.
“To change anything in the constitution … it requires two consecutive sessions of the legislature, and ultimately, a vote of the people,” Walker said. “I just don’t see that as being anything that’s going to be addressed anytime soon.”
Or at least not on his watch. Republicans control the state legislature in Wisconsin, and Walker controls the Republicans, so the state is not about to wade into the marriage battle. As a Tea Party favorite, Walker has no incentive to anger his potential base by getting on the wrong side (from his perspective) the issue.
At the same time, Walker does seem to realize that the party is playing a losing game. In an interview in March he admitted that younger voters view the party’s anti-marriage position as a disincentive to vote Republican. That’s why Walker ducks the issue. “I think that’s all the more reason, when I talk about things, I talk about the economic and fiscal crises in our state and in our country, that’s what people want to resonate about. They don’t want to get focused on those issues,” Walker said at the time.
Nice try, Scott, but if you’re running for president, the “Look! A puppy!” routine isn’t going to cut it.