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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Message to Scott Walker: Get over yourself

His critics often complain that Scott Walker is indifferent to the needs of Wisconsin’s middle class and working poor. Instead, they say — and we agree — he’s the tool of a few billionaire families who use their think tanks to create cookie-cutter policies stacking the economic deck in their own favor.

Numerous examples support that view. For instance: Walker’s elimination of environmental protections, allowing polluting industries to ignore public safety in their pursuit of riches; tax policies that overwhelmingly favor the wealthy; the attempted gutting of open records laws and the watering down of accountability boards, both of which would allow public officials to negotiate back-room deals shielded from public scrutiny.

Last year, Walker believed he’d done enough for the nation’s right-wing billionaire activists to earn their support for a presidential bid. He was right, but their backing was predicated on Walker’s strength as a candidate. He rode high in the polls at first, buoyed by his national profile as a union buster.

Walker quickly proved, however, that he didn’t have the experience, the record or the charisma to make a credible run. His backers fled, leaving his badly planned campaign dead and in debt.

But hope springs eternal in the minds of narcissists like Walker, who claims to consult directly with the Almighty. He and his apologists claim it was the media’s fascination with Donald Trump that sunk his campaign, not Walker’s shortcomings. The White House still stands in his delusional crosshairs. He smells opportunity for himself in the chaos and confusion that now dominate the Republican Party.

Walker seems to be telling himself that if there’s a fractured Republican National Convention in July, which is a likely scenario, he’ll find a crack to slither through and triumphantly emerge again on top.

“I think if it’s an open convention, it’s very likely it (a candidate would emerge) who’s not currently running,” Walker recently told Madison.com. “I mean, who knows. The one thing I qualify — it’s like the qualifications you see on those ads you see for car dealerships. I think any of us who comment on this election have to qualify that almost every prediction’s been off, so it’s hard to predict anything.”

Anyone who follows Walker knows exactly whom he means when he refers to a candidate “who’s not currently running.” Such statements are his versions of trial balloons. Last year when he said that a governor would be — and should be — the next GOP standard-bearer, it was clear that he meant him.

Walker’s learned nothing from his presidential failure. As Trump and Bernie Sanders have proven, the nation is tired of a governing class that sells out citizens in favor of rich leeches. The people want to be back in charge.

But Walker doesn’t get that. Ever since he dropped out of the presidential campaign, he’s remained focused on the same corporate-right agenda, even as Wisconsin continues to lag economically in its grip.

After his approval rating plummeted in the wake of his embarrassing missteps on the presidential campaign trail, it’s begun to rise again in Wisconsin. Walker doesn’t realize that’s only because he’s out of the national media’s glare and remains the sacred cow of local right-wing media.

Should Walker come under real scrutiny again, he’d wind up back where he began, once more running home with his tail tucked between his legs.

Give it up, Scott. It’s only thanks to your puppeteers and their media mouthpieces that you haven’t been tarred, feathered and run out of town on a train that’s dilapidated because you turned down $810 million in federal funds to improve rail in the state. When you announced you were considering a third term as governor, we knew for certain that your higher ambitions are in place — they have aways been the only reason you run.. But luckily for everyone concerned, the governor’s office is the best you’re going to do.

As the drag queens of the 1970s used to say: “Get over yourself.” Make the next three years about the citizens of Wisconsin.

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