April 20, 2015

"In battle for authenticity, Scott Walker looks to Kohl's."

A CNN article about how Scott Walker has branded himself with a brand — the Wisconsin-based retailer Kohl's. CNN enumerates 4 reasons for Walker to use the Kohl's brand: 1. It signifies frugality, 2. He has a way to connect it to tax policy, 3. He can contrast himself to Hillary who probably shops at more expensive places, and 4. He can leverage easy jokes like saying "Is it from Kohl's?" when someone gives him something.

What I find weird is that CNN writes an entire article about how Walker has connected his name to Kohl's and seems to try to find everything possible to say about that but never got around to the fact that the name Kohl's has long been connected to a Democrat. Has everyone forgotten Herb Kohl already? It's his family's business and the source of all the money that allowed him to run as "Nobody's Senator But Yours":



Great slogan for a rich guy, no? It argued that he could care for us and connect with us precisely because he was wealthy, and he didn't need to get money from other people. And now, ironically, the always middle class Scott Walker is using Kohl's name to send the message that his lack of wealth connects him with us.

ADDED: WaPo has a similar article "Scott Walker stresses his discount attire and ‘regular guy’ credentials," and it also misses the Herb Kohl connection.

33 comments:

sparrow said...

Nice point Professor

Birkel said...

The world would be so much better if those nasty Republicans became Dmocrats.
/sarc

Vet66 said...

What's next? does he drink coffee from Starbucks? Shop at COSTCO? What a joke of a media water carrier.

traditionalguy said...

The way Walker rips off Kohl's coupons for free clothes is like he is an anti-Kohl.

CNN is stressing that point to make Walker seem an anti-southern social hierachist type. How can he lead if he cannot be arrogant like a king?

Bob Ellison said...

The Kohl's in my town appears to be losing the game. Target is winning.

Hagar said...

Herb Kohl was not very colorful, iirc, but I am under the impression he was not their kind of Democrat?

Bob Ellison said...

Also, Marshalls.

Advice to Kohl's business development department: don't open a store in the same strip mall with an off-price store that has better merchandise.

Brando said...

Much easier to defend your shopping choice when you don't make a point of "political" shopping. You can buy at Costco or Wallmart, Starbucks or Chick-fil-a, depending not on the political affiliations of the companies' owners but instead on your own preferences as a consumer.

It's only when you start with that "WalMart is killing small businesses!" and "McDonalds doesn't pay living wages!" crap that you have to start analyzing everything (and discovering that no company is a paragon of virtue, anyway).

Phil 314 said...

The brand is "upper Midwest small town". You betcha.

Mark Caplan said...

Identifying with the Kohl brand name emits a philo-Semitic vibe to Walker's Israel-loving Evangelical base. Many people perceive Hillary as pro-Palestinian.

Brando said...

"Identifying with the Kohl brand name emits a philo-Semitic vibe to Walker's Israel-loving Evangelical base."

Maybe, but "Kohl" is also a Germanic-sounding name, especially in the midwest, and it may instead symbolize solidarity with our central European allies against encroachment from the eastern Slavs.

garage mahal said...

Walker is going to drive the Kohl's brand right into the dirt.

Sebastian said...

"It argued that he could care for us and connect with us precisely because he was wealthy"

Rich is bad, really rich is good, if you are liberal.

Money in politics is bad, lots of money in politics is good, if used for liberal purposes.

Re shopping: does Hillary! even "shop"? I wanna see pictures and take witness testimony before I believe it.

MadisonMan said...

does he drink coffee from Starbucks?

I hope not.

garage mahal said...

Walker talks of Kohl's as if it were a cheap dollar store. I wonder if they mind?

cubanbob said...

Mark Caplan said...
Identifying with the Kohl brand name emits a philo-Semitic vibe to Walker's Israel-loving Evangelical base. Many people perceive Hillary as pro-Palestinian.

4/20/15, 8:27 AM"

Considering Hillary's pet marsupial Huma has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that is a rational assumption.

Boltforge said...

garage mahal said...
"Walker is going to drive the Kohl's brand right into the dirt."

And you will make sure that you are there kicking your "enemies" in the face.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417155/wisconsins-shame-i-thought-it-was-home-invasion-david-french

Wisconsin progressives, proving they are psychopaths one home invasion at a time.

garage mahal said...

Wisconsin progressives, proving they are psychopaths one home invasion at a time.

They were more than likely cops who support Walker who invaded homes. Or perhaps under the direction of Tea Party Hero Sheriff David Clarke. The article isn't clear.

Are you against all search and seizures? Or just this one?

Mitch H. said...

The plural of anecdote isn't data, but there's an abandoned Kohl's distribution warehouse in my industrial park, I wonder what will happen with it every time I go for a walk around the drive. It's a relatively new park, they built the distribution warehouse from scratch and then abandoned it year or two late later, while the rest of the park still was in the process of being built up. That pretty much screams "disastrously misaligned expansion plan" to me.

damikesc said...

Much easier to defend your shopping choice when you don't make a point of "political" shopping. You can buy at Costco or Wallmart, Starbucks or Chick-fil-a, depending not on the political affiliations of the companies' owners but instead on your own preferences as a consumer.

Walmart is actually WAY more leftwing than critics realize. They have sucked up to Progs for years.

And I never frequent Starbucks, largely because coffee tastes like something strained out of a butthole.

Brando said...

"Walmart is actually WAY more leftwing than critics realize. They have sucked up to Progs for years."

It doesn't matter what the company is actually like, what matters is what the progressive hive mind thinks of the company. Target > Walmart, Costco > Sam's Club, Starbucks > Chick-fil-a. They're not sure what to think about Whole Foods yet.

"And I never frequent Starbucks, largely because coffee tastes like something strained out of a butthole."

I'm no coffee afficianado--seems that the main draw of Starbucks is their locations. When I get a drink there it's a heavily flavored frappe thing that hides whatever coffee is in there. It could be Sanka for all I know.

David said...

My guess is that Kohl's is not thrilled about this, as it will piss off a large percentage of their customers if the store becomes identified with Walker. If Herb notices at all, he's probably slightly amused.

Of course the current Kohl's is not owned by the family, and is in a different line of business. Groceries to Department store.

Boltforge said...

garage mahal said...
"They were more than likely cops who support Walker who invaded homes. Or perhaps under the direction of Tea Party Hero Sheriff David Clarke. The article isn't clear.

Are you against all search and seizures? Or just this one?"

Blame others for what you do: Check.

Throw out a fallacy ( false choice ): Check.

Two points for your progressive check list. You've earned your cookie today!

Thanks for verifying that you really really enjoy using the state to punish thoughts.

garage mahal said...

Throw out a fallacy ( false choice ): Check.

Who conducted the raids, wise one?

garage mahal said...

Is the Republican Special Prosecutor, and Republican county DA's working together with progressives to take out Walker & Co?

Whoa, if true!

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Never seen Garage offer proof that the Special Prosecutor or any DA's are "Republican" in any way shape or form. We already know one "republican" he used to cite as an example was not conducting ANY investigation and everyone else was a partisan union-loving mob. But who knows really?

Hagar said...

Is this what Garage Mahal is so proud of?

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Hagar: YES

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Why would Chisholm seek such broad powers to investigate a year-old embezzlement claim with a known suspect? Because the Milwaukee "County executive, Scott Walker, had by that time become the leading Republican candidate for governor. District Attorney Chisholm was a Democrat, a very partisan Democrat."

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417155/wisconsins-shame-i-thought-it-was-home-invasion-david-french

garage mahal said...



LOL

Unknown said...

----Or perhaps under the direction of Tea Party Hero Sheriff David Clarke. The article isn't clear.

A few months later garage denies all knowledge of teh John Doe for which he cheerled (or should we say goosestepped?) for months. Oh, maybe it was Clarke,, yeah that’s the ticket!! Clarke..

Hit your head recently garage?

garage mahal said...

Hit your head recently garage?

Do you know, specifically, who carried out the raids?

alan markus said...

Do you know, specifically, who carried out the raids?

In the case of Cynthia Archer, it was FBI & Dane County Sheriff's Office.

FBI seizes items at home of former top aide to Gov. Walker