A week or two ago, I wrote a brief column about some signs of hope among America’s political class — a perverse undertaking, you might think, given the tawdry, preening, grasping character of most American politicians of both parties today. But there are, thank God, some exceptions.
In that earlier column I mentioned in particular Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and the Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock. Today I’d like to mention one other: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Thanks to his spectacular victory in Wisconsin’s preposterous recall election, Walker is riding a wave of adulation among the politically mature. He is close to being a household name, at least in households that can spell “socialist depredation.”
I had met the governor briefly several months ago when he was gearing up to meet the challenge of the recall. But yesterday, I had an opportunity to chat with him and a small group of friends before listening to his afternoon speech to a group of citizens concerned about the drift — or is it a gallop? — toward fiscal armageddon in this country.