February 11, 2015

WaPo looks into Scott Walker's college days.

David A. Fahrenthold doesn't find anything new about why Scott Walker left Marquette without a degree — nothing beyond the official story that  he got a job. But there are interesting details about what young Walker was like:
On campus, Walker made a close group of friends, who gathered weekly to watch the iconic 1980s television drama “Thirtysomething” and cook dinner on Sunday nights. They remember Walker as fun, upbeat and cautious: If you were planning a prank, you knew not to even ask him to join in.

“Kind. He’s very kind,” said Mary Riordan, a friend who is now a speech pathologist. She could remember four medical emergencies in which Walker volunteered to drive her to the hospital.... “Scott carried me eight blocks to his car and drove me to the hospital,” Riordan said. “He became like my personal ambulance.”

But outside that group, Walker was known for something else: his political ambitions. If you met him, they were as plain as the photo of him with Ronald Reagan on his dorm-room desk. “He would comment that, you know, ‘I’m going to be president of the United States someday,’ ” said Patrick Tepe, a former dorm mate who is now a dentist....
A French teacher is quoted, saying that Walker would come to class late and make excuses without even putting them en français.  For some reason, this teacher says "I think I gave him a D-minus." Why would any teacher disclose a former student's grade to the press — even if he was sure he had it right? I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal.

Another teacher — of a course on the politics of the third world — drops  the opinion that Walker "seemed utterly bored," but reveals that he'd been hoping Walker would add drama to the class by getting into arguments with the liberals. Walker didn't perform that service, and the teacher dings him as disengaged. Is it fair to assume that this teacher is not currently a Walker supporter?  I can't imagine expressing disrespect for a former student of mine, and I would feel especially bound to circumspection if I wanted to see him fail in furthering his career!

There's some material in the article about Walker's campaign for student president. One of his antagonists says “We used to call him ‘Niedermeyer,’ ” and another mocks him for "talking about being an Eagle Scout." When Walker lost, [h]is friends say he handled it with grace, telling them the loss just meant that God had another plan."
“We are the real winners, because of the outstanding effort that we put in,” Walker wrote to Katie Cashman Flanagan, his campaign manager. Flanagan saved all three pages of the note in a scrapbook. “You have brought a great deal of good in my life.”...

“I thought that the guy was too nice to ever be successful in politics,” [Walker's roommate Stephen Satran] said.

113 comments:

Brando said...

Doesn't sound like much of a hit piece. If these are the sort of stories the media are going to have on him, he doesn't have too much to worry about.

Titus said...

Did he believe in evolution back then?

Meade said...

He's a good and ethical leader. "Since 1993, he has run 11 races for state legislature, county executive and governor — including a highly unusual recall election in 2012 — and he has won them all."

Walker is a winner who walks tall.

Meade said...

People who hate religious people won't vote for him anyway so... no loss there.

Ann Althouse said...

"Doesn't sound like much of a hit piece. If these are the sort of stories the media are going to have on him, he doesn't have too much to worry about."

Don't you think they'd hit if they found something? He comes across as an ambitious but nice boy scout.

traditionalguy said...

Somebody in the Wisconsin Idea group needs to start praising Scottie for being a goodie goodie rather than Hitler with teachers blood dripping from his fangs.

That is his Achillees heal. Nobody really likes a goodie goodie.

dbp said...

The press remains incurious about Mr. Obama's college days...

Francisco D said...

OMG. He does not speak or care about the French language. He's dead to me.

C'est triste.

kcom said...

Ain't that the truth. After one article we now know more about Walker's college days than we do about President Obama's.

dbp said...

Considering the job of president. I would rather have one who believes in the law of supply and demand than natural selection--only one of them is an area related to the job.

Brando said...

"Don't you think they'd hit if they found something? He comes across as an ambitious but nice boy scout."

Exactly--it suggests either there's no real dirt on him, or no one has found it yet.

Maybe the "dirt" is the reminder that he didn't finish college, but I don't see that affecting anyone's votes.

sydney said...

“He would comment that, you know, ‘I’m going to be president of the United States someday,’ ”

Uh-oh. They used the same criticism against Sarah Palin, IIRC.

dreams said...

It won't be long before 50% of Americans will have an unfavorable opinion of Walker, just a question of time. A thousand mile walk begins with one step or something like that.

Beldar said...

"Why would any teacher disclose a former student's grade to the press — even if he was sure he had it right?"

Surely that's a rhetorical question. Surely we all know the answer. Surely she'd not have ratted out a Dem politician's bad grade, if her report is assumed reliable (which it ought not be).

Beldar said...

Sorry, I mis-read the name and implied gender of the quoted teacher, "Marc Boutet" -- certainly a good name for a French teacher, I'll concede.

Mary Beth said...

So, at Marquette, it's okay for a professor to talk to the press about a former student but it's not okay to blog about a graduate student (in her role as a paid instructor)?

tim in vermont said...

George W Bush's grades: Leaked

Barack Obama's grades: Locked up tighter than a drum.

How many times can the coin keep coming up tails before one begins to suspect it is double-sided.

Sebastian said...

"I can't imagine expressing disrespect for a former student of mine, and I would feel especially bound to circumspection if I wanted to see him fail in furthering his career!"

Your lack of imagination shows charming moral qualms. But why? Surely someone who doesn't blame a presidential candidate for being blatantly dishonest with the public on a matter of national importance can overlook the minor transgressions of liberal academics.

But this is another case of faux surprise, right? Whatever serves the cause, lefties will do. ("I would feel especially bound": the Axelrods of the world and their cronies in academia don't think that way, nor should they.)

Illegal? So? What are you gonna do about it?

Next up: an investigative report on Barry's cocaine dealers.

garage mahal said...

Not a good day for our dull boy. Here's to many more.

campy said...

"I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal."

What matter law and ethics when there's a racist wingnut to destroy?

traditionalguy said...

"I'll be President someday." Hopefully the Baptist prophet does a better job predicting than the Mormon Prophet did.

Seriously, Walker has the self confidence of a Harry Truman and he should win if he keeps that integrity on issues and FIGHTS the socialists.

Truman was criticized for being from hick Kansas City, Missouri and therefore not educated and qualified to be a President like FDR whom they hated/feared and other New York ruling class guys they loved for being high class and entitled.

Fritz said...

"Doesn't sound like much of a hit piece. If these are the sort of stories the media are going to have on him, he doesn't have too much to worry about."

Don't you think they'd hit if they found something? He comes across as an ambitious but nice boy scout.


If you can't sell him as a bad guy, sell him as too much of a goody-good to be president.

Mark said...

The Boston Globe piece on him drops the fact that he crashed what would have been his 20th college reunion.

That takes a special sort.

Mark said...

The Boston Globe piece seems like what the Washington Post used to write their article, as it has a lot more details.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2015/02/11/scott-walker-dropped-out-marquette-but-his-education-campus-politics-set-him-ambitious-path/m41BjqIY9xAltlCgR6z5CM/story.html

Big Mike said...

A French teacher is quoted, saying that Walker would come to class late and make excuses without even putting them en français. For some reason, this teacher says "I think I gave him a D-minus." Why would any teacher disclose a former student's grade to the press — even if he was sure he had it right? I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal.

Aren't you a law professor? Couldn't you research the question of legality?

dreams said...

The liberal media will keep working to destroy Walker's reputation and once that is accomplished they will continue to remind us of the American people's unfavorable opinion of him. They have a well established template.

Patrick said...

The horrors. He actually went to a reunion? My god, why is this man free to walk and possibly go to OTHER class reunions of OTHER classes from which he did not graduate?!

Boy, Mark, I bet if that had come up before the election, Burke would've won by a landslide.

No worries though, I'm sure that will kill his career just like John Doe did.

MaxedOutMama said...

"He comes off as an ambitious but nice boy scout."

Yeah, well people who hate boy scouts won't vote for him!

But since he is so lousy at French, will he be able to appropriately handle diplomacy? Would he respond to a terrorist attack on French soil by bringing GOSPEL SINGERS, instead of the RIGHT kind of singer?

There are clear red flags here!!!

Also this "job" stuff - isn't that suspicious in itself? Shouldn't he have spent a stint living homeless and eating from garbage cans and maybe doing a little crack just to be authentic?

Revenant said...

Walker's biggest negative is that he's basically never been anything but a politician.

Political experience is a must for a President, of course -- but it is hard to believe a guy who has never wanted to do anything but run governments will lead the way on reducing the power of ours.

mrs.e said...

I am must be immune to this man's charms. I'm just not feeling it.

dreams said...

Remember, the liberal media and the Dems were able to convince women that it was a bad thing that Romney had a binder full of names of women who would potentially fill important jobs in his administration.

Phil 3:14 said...

well he's not John Kerry.

machine said...

Wait....he doesn't have a college degree?


for real?

EMD said...

Wait....he doesn't have a college degree?


for real?


And that disqualifies him how?

Freeman Hunt said...

A French teacher is quoted, saying that Walker would come to class late and make excuses without even putting them en français.

This professor sounds annoying.

Titus said...

He never built anything outside of a career politician, we used to hate career politicians!

Freeman Hunt said...

Reminded me of this SNL sketch. En français!

MaxedOutMama said...

Mrs. E - I feel almost embarrassed about admitting this. I'm not sure why.

I don't find Walker very galvanizing either, but to me his lack of charm is refreshing. In the next election I want someone who is interested in actual governance - in the nitty-gritty of making it work.

That's why I want a governor. I don't really care too much which party the governor comes from, as long as the governor has a track record of dealing with issues.

Some politicians can get elected on persona alone. I'd rather not have such a one as president in this next go-round.

Tank said...

Goody goody?

He scared all the Demo legislators clear out of the state !

Troubled Voter said...

The fawning praise from Meade is so perfunctory. "He's a good an ethical leader." Except when he's running political retribution hit jobs on college students, maybe? He's clearly a guy who's a political animal, with political ambition (for the sake of power, not leadership) as a central theme in his life.

He's got a lot in common with Hillary, it sounds like, and that's fine. But he's not some glorious leader. The way Meade talks reminds me of the gag-inducing sentences you woud hear from Obama fans in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Do not fear, they will zing him with an October surprise.

Anonymous said...

MaxedOutMama said...
But since he is so lousy at French...

Ah, but he can speak Austrian.

tim in vermont said...

Except when he's running political retribution hit jobs on college students,

Ha ha ha! Is that what you call it? Why not share all of the facts, instead of abstracting away all of the details and just providing your judgement of what happened?

Are you afraid that it won't come out as such a heinous incident if the facts of the matter were shared?

Anonymous said...

So, after just this one article we now know more about Scott Walker's college history than we do after more than 6 years about Barack Obama's days (allegedly) as an undergraduate student at Occidental and Columbia, where none of the students in poli-sci seem to remember him. Too bad the WaPo didn't see equally fit to look into the background of the still mysterious Mr. Obama before he got elected.

tim in vermont said...

State law calls for the governor to appoint members of the regents with the consent of the Senate.

Sounds like he can appoint whomever he pleases. Why should he appoint a political enemy?

walter said...

As an Eagle Scout, he approaches governing like a gordian knot...requiring "Bold" action.
All frustrated French students can relate. Je Suis Scott Walker

m stone said...

political retribution hit job on college students?

Walker is proposing a 13 percent reduction in state support for UW-Madison, with UW garnering the bulk of its operating budget from tuition. That $300 million proposed cut translates to a 2.5% decrease in the total budget.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/02/12724/walker-strikes-truth-wisconsin-idea-university-budget

2.5%

About the same as budget sequestration in 2013 for the Feds.

Keep in mind, the UW system had a Program Revenue Appropriation balance of $1 billion+ in 2013 as reported to the State Assembly.

Meade said...

Bet against him, Troubled Voter. Hope and change, baby. Yes we can!

And I'll second MaxedOutMama at 7:37.

walter said...

Yeah...but 13% or 3 mil sound much more "newsworthy".

Ken B said...

NBC had a better hit piece. Walker tried to kill Brian Williams with a shotgun; Brian stared down the barrels and the gun blinked.

John Cunningham said...

Observe how the Commie press treats class enemies--digging up 40-yr old gossip on Jeb Bush, digging for dirt on Walker. compare to the total coverup on Comrade Urkel, the deepsixing of the video tape of his speech praising a Palestinian terrorist, etc.
on a lighter note, a Commie, a homosexual, and a community agitator walk into a bar. the bartender says, "what'll it be, Mr President?"

walter said...

Brian Williams-"Talkshit Ranger"

traditionalguy said...

After reading the WaPo story, Walker sounds like he is nice to everyone and always does the goody thing.

The sole character defect quoted so far is Walker administering terrible beatings to liberals lby using Reagan tactics of telling the truth with a smile as he repeats a simple conservative message.

garage mahal said...

Wait, Walker crashed a class reunion in 2010 from which he didn't graduate? Not surprising.

Michael K said...

"Not a good day for our dull boy. Here's to many more."'

Yes, garage is really disappointed !!!

Obama was so much more interesting with his college friends just raving about him. Oh, wait...

RichardJohnson said...

Mark
The Boston Globe piece on him drops the fact that he crashed what would have been his 20th college reunion. That takes a special sort.

There was a guy who attended my brother's 40th anniversary high school reunion who by most measures shouldn't have been there. While he had been born the same year as those attending the reunion, he had stayed back when he was in 2nd grade, so he hadn't been in the same classes most of the time. In addition, he dropped out after 10th grade, and passed some sort of high school equivalency exam.

While the above history gives reasons not to have him at the 40th reunion, most were glad to have him there. He had achieved some fame, and written a number of books- including a memoir of his childhood- which many of us locals read more than once.

garage mahal said...

But but but what Obama.

Laslo Spatula said...
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Drago said...

garage mahal: "But but but what Obama"

LOL

That is the most coherent thing garage has written in months.

Laslo Spatula said...

Scott Walker resembles a human. Such appreciation must be stopped.

I'm looking forward to John Kerry doing an attack ad: "A D- in French? I know French, and Scott Walker is no French talker. James Taylor will never be his monkey now."

Followed by a lot of nasal noises that run together without consonants.


I am Laslo.

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wildswan said...

Notice how many times they mention the picture of Reagan? Deep down down fear stirs - Reagan,... he too always smiled,... he too was an Eagle Scout type,... he too seemed to simple to win but he did ... too simple to govern ... but the evil empire swayed and lost under him. And now Reagan, I mean Walker, is smiling and sends in Act 10 and Democratic legislators run, run, run away and orchestrate a campaign of death threats and recalls and illegal investigations ... and time goes by and Walker, smiling, is running also ... only he is running for President.

Dr Weevil said...

Non-graduates have been welcome at every college reunion I've been to, and we don't even tease them for not graduating. Some dropped out and never finished, some came back later and finished with another class, some transferred to another college and graduated from it. They're still classmates if they went to classes with us for 1-4 years. Either my college was unusual, or someone's making up a new and stupid 'rule' just to make Walker look bad - or to try to make him look bad.

Tank said...

Walker went to a reunion.

Clinton let four men die in Libya, then lied about it.

Someone's got some explaining to do.

Paul said...

Why Walker was so normal... he is ABNORMAL!!

Not a pedophile like Bill Clinton, nor a druggie like Obama. Why not even an ex-boozer like Bush was!!!

Why he must be some Manchurian Candidate!

MadisonMan said...

Like althouse, I am surprised a professor would disclose a grade. I wouldn't even confirm a student was in my class if you called up and asked about it (at this point, I've forgotten names from last year anyway).

Drago said...

MadisonMan: "Like althouse, I am surprised a professor would disclose a grade."

Fens Law.

Barry Dauphin said...

I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal.

I think you are correct on both counts.

FERPA

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

School officials with legitimate educational interest;
Other schools to which a student is transferring;
Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
Accrediting organizations;
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Beldar said...

@ Mark (2/11/15, 6:48 PM): It takes a "special sort" — specifically, someone obsessed with credentials over anything else, and someone who's so desperate to find some dirt to sling, even if he has to manufacture it through inapt innuendo — to think that attendance at class reunions is limited to only graduates, or that attending one constitutes an implied claim to be a graduate.

Congratulations on being special.

Big Mike said...

To quote someone famous for her marriage partner, "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"

Mr. D said...

Most colleges will count a person who did not graduate as an alumnus/alumna, and they will absolutely invite such a person back to campus for reunions and such, especially if they write a check or two.

bgates said...

Walker crashed a class reunion in 2010 from which he didn't graduate?

I never graduated from any of my reunions either.

Freeman Hunt said...

I've always been invited to the reunion for a high school I was only at for a little over a semester. Not only that but also to the reunion of the class that graduated a year ahead of mine. The point of reunions is to see friends from days long past. (I've never gone to one.)

Gahrie said...

Barack Obama's days (allegedly) as an undergraduate student at Occidental and Columbia, where none of the students in poli-sci seem to remember him

Did they as k about Barak Obama, or Indonesian exchange student Barry Sotero?

RichardJohnson said...

Dr. Weevil
Non-graduates have been welcome at every college reunion I've been to, and we don't even tease them for not graduating.

Which reminds me of one of the introductions to Tom Lehrer's Bright College Days.
Thank you, for my first encore I'd like to turn to a type of song that people like myself find ourselves subjected to with increasing frequency as time goes on, and that is the college alma mater.

You'll find yourself at a reunion of grads, and old undergrads, and eh... somebody will start poking out one of these things and everyone will gradually join in, each in his own key, of course, until the place is just soggy with nostalgia. Well, a typical such song might be called Bright College Days, and might go like this.


Bright College Days was my favorite alma mater years before I attended college. Soggy with nostalgia for me, too.

If you have to get on your high horse to complain about someone "crashing" a college reunion, you are stretching things.

phantommut said...

I dropped out of college my senior year, some 28 years ago. I still get mail asking me to contribute to the Alumni fund.

I figure what the hell, f the University thinks I'm an alum, why not show up for a reunion?

Curious George said...

"Revenant said...
Walker's biggest negative is that he's basically never been anything but a politician."

He workwed in the private sector for a number of years

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Not a good day for our dull boy. Here's to many more."

Today is the 4th anniversary of Act 10. A great day. And yes, to many, many more. .

Mark said...

What number?
2?
3?

Michael K said...

"Non-graduates have been welcome at every college reunion I've been to,"

I don't know if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs have been to their class reunions but I suppose nobody would object.

And have resumes ready.

EDH said...

"WaPo looks into Scott Walker's college days."

Isn't that supposed to be spelled with the impish homophone "daze"?

walter said...

"if the University thinks I'm an alumni"

Nah..they think you're an ATM.

Unknown said...

----but it is hard to believe a guy who has never wanted to do anything but run governments will lead the way on reducing the power of ours.

Unless you do the hard work of examining his record where he has actually reduced the size of government.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

I'm sure the WP investigation will be as thorough as was done of Obama's college years.

Funny, but I don't remember any investigations there.

MadisonMan said...

People in Wisconsin are so boring.

Smilin' Jack said...

David A. Fahrenthold doesn't find anything new about why Scott Walker left Marquette without a degree...On campus, Walker made a close group of friends, who gathered weekly to watch the iconic 1980s television drama “Thirtysomething” and cook dinner on Sunday nights.

He might not have a degree, but he probably knows that the show was "thirtysomething," not "Thirtysomething."

rcommal said...

gathered weekly to watch the iconic 1980s television drama “Thirtysomething” and cook dinner on Sunday nights.

I'm questioning this sentence, not least because thirtysomething (and please do note the lack of initial cap [or uc, if you prefer]) wasn't a Sunday night show.

I'm thinking that what was intended (but was not written properly) is this: Walker and the close group of friends referenced got together at least twice weekly: 1) for dinner on Sunday nights and 2)to watch thirtysomething.

If not, the anecdote makes no sense at all, on account of date/day mismatching.

Well, wait! Perhaps I am the one who is assuming!

Even back in that day (not to mention way before) there was was the ability to videotape shows from tee-vee. Aw, jeez, maybe I am entirely wrong here. Perhaps it's really is only about the Sundays.

Anonymous said...

I go to my high school reunions. I recommend it. I meet new interesting people every time. Some of them were people I now wish had been in my circle of friends all along. Some are spouses of my classmates. Everyone who makes the effort to attend a reunion has had an interesting life and will make a great dinner companion. I see old friends, too.

David said...

Titus said...
Did he believe in evolution back then?


No, but he has evolved.

richard mcenroe said...

Garage is digging as we speak for the secret Greyhound Bus routers proving that Walker used to ditch school for Keggers at UVA and that's REALLY why he was let go...

David said...

Proving once again that partisan American academics rank as some of the most petty and unaware people in the world.

rcommal said...

I should probably disclose that the reason I have some insta-flash about when shows aired is that for a significantly long period of my life I was either working two jobs (a day one, a night one) or working night shifts--shifting, in terms of the latter, as one worked one's way up to getting less annoying (especially to one's friends, families & etc., not to mention dating life) shifts.

There are things I know. There are situations I get. When I was working as hard as all get out, picky about nothing in terms of work conditions, I particularly got schooled, which is a great thing, because that's the sort of thing one never forgets. Lessons for a lifetime, because you're being to taught to learn things and skills you'll never forget, not to mention always remember.

rcommal said...

Also, jeez: "Looking into college days."

In what way and how, and also why.

Not to mention: how well.

Bob R said...

1) Whatever the actual law is, the administrators here (at VT) believe that disclosing a student's grade to a newspaper is illegal. They believe disclosing a student's grade to his parents without explicit permission is illegal.

2) I have a position where I work with a lot of the department's struggling students. I run into a lot of them who don't like college, don't like math, and are simply going through the motions of "getting a degree" because of social pressure. One personal benefit of a Walker presidency would be that I'd be able to point to his and say that going out and getting a job is a real career path.

As much as I deplore professors dissing a former student, this is more evidence that Walker made a good choice in leaving Marquette. In fact, the actions of these professors and the administration (firing the blogger) indicates that a lot of students would be making a good choice by leaving Marquette.

RecChief said...

"I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal."

Are you a Law professor or not? Or any kind of professor? Surely you have the resources to determine this before splashing it on a blog, right? How about your own college's code of conduct for professors? That you don't know the answer is troubling.

Jason said...

Revenant: Walker's biggest negative is that he's basically never been anything but a politician.

Political experience is a must for a President, of course -- but it is hard to believe a guy who has never wanted to do anything but run governments will lead the way on reducing the power of ours.


Well, gee, Revenant. If only he had some sort of actual track record. Ideally, a record as a governor of Wisconsin or something, that we could use to assess the validity of your concern.

If only.

tim in vermont said...

My favorite Presidential Candidate school days story Gore 'was a lazy dope' as a student at Harvard

I am sure they wanted to write "lazy doper."

tim in vermont said...

Notice it is from the UK press. Even they won't look into Obama's school days.

Mark Caplan said...

"He would comment that, you know, ‘I’m going to be president of the United States someday,’ ” said Patrick Tepe, a former dorm mate who is now a dentist.

We've seen that narcissistic, delusion-of-grandeur personality type before, in Bill Clinton. Most people recognize it instinctively as a symptom of mental illness (technically, schizophrenia), so it can make some of us uncomfortable and wary.

Deja Voodoo said...

Maybe the "dirt" is the reminder that he didn't finish college, but I don't see that affecting anyone's votes.

His success sans degree strikes a blow to the heart of the credentialism that has supplanted higher education in this country.
For that the left screams: Walker Delendus Est!

Fritz said...

"I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal."

Are you a Law professor or not? Or any kind of professor? Surely you have the resources to determine this before splashing it on a blog, right? How about your own college's code of conduct for professors? That you don't know the answer is troubling.


My experience in college, and especially grad school suggests that the first rule is that all other rules can be waived at the discretion of the dean.

Anonymous said...

You don't really need to know whether your school's code of conduct prohibits something, when it's a thing you consider malum in se and you wouldn't do it even if it were allowed.

bbkingfish said...

Scotty is getting a lot of ink this week, much of it positive.

Apparently, he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights repeatedly in a Q&A at a London think tank.

He is getting boffo reviews for his honest explanation that he was willing to appear "bland," rather than answer and reveal himself to be "stupid and moronic."

President-Mom-Jeans said...

Does Bitchtits crash the middle school reunions?

I heard that his traumatic injuries from his contact sports at the middle school level and rapidly developing adolescent obesity kept him from graduating.

pst314 said...

"Why would any teacher disclose a former student's grade to the press...I thought that was not just unethical, but illegal...I can't imagine expressing disrespect for a former student of mine, and I would feel especially bound to circumspection if I wanted to see him fail in furthering his career!"

This story illustrates just how nasty a place Marquette has become. I've been reading stories about this since the late 90's, and no longer can be surprised by any left-wing fanaticism and intolerance.

Anonymous said...

This story illustrates just how nasty a place Marquette has become. I've been reading stories about this since the late 90's, and no longer can be surprised by any left-wing fanaticism and intolerance

How far to the right does one have to be in order to view the Roman Catholic Church as "left wing"?

pst314 said...

"How far to the right does one have to be in order to view the Roman Catholic Church as 'left wing'?"

So you know nothing about various Catholic institutions moving to the left?

pst314 said...

garage mahal "Wait, Walker crashed a class reunion in 2010 from which he didn't graduate? Not surprising."

What's not surprising is that you would be so ignorant as to not know that schools welcome those who did not graduate to reunions...or that you care so little about the truth that you would make a petty dishonest jab.

I knew someone who had to drop out of college, and not only did he attend his college reunion, the college treated him all his life as an alumnus, invited him to reunions, etc.

Titus said...

I don't hate religious people. My parents are deeply religious, attending catholic mass every week at 5 on Saturday-and then to the Waun-A-Bowl for burgers.

I just wish a republican running for president could consider that evolution is real-it's like they can't because they will lose Iowa-sad.

Meade said...

I probably should have said people who hate evangelical christians won't vote for him anyway so... no loss there.

Have your parents, representing Wisconsin, ever been involved in trade talks in a foreign country and, while being interviewed there, had their catholic faith questioned, put on the spot to explain their religious beliefs? Are you comfortable with the idea of the Big Bang Theory? Do you believe in it? Do you accept it?

Don't you think your mother would be correct to politely respond to the inappropriate question by affably letting it pass rather than pontificating about her personal faith and beliefs?

Suppose she then employed some humor and said, "But I love the TV show! I used to watch it with my geeky socially awkward son who is now a big shot physicist in Boston.

tim in vermont said...

We've seen that narcissistic, delusion-of-grandeur personality type before, in Bill Clinton.

John Kerry used to say the same kind of thing. There are stories on this score about Barack Obama too.

rcommal said...

... . How far to the right does one have to be in order to view the Roman Catholic Church as "left wing"?

How far to the left does one have to be in order to view the Roman Catholic Church as "right wing"?

rcommal said...

Those two questions, juxtaposed, are a better representation than either in a vacuum.

Well, I think so, anyway.