Two friends (at least online friends) posted recently on remarks Scott Walker made to reporters after the debate in Oconomowoc. They based their posts on this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which “quoted” Scott Walker as saying,
Walker said he didn’t graduate because he got a job and he suggested that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.
Pretty plain and they drew their conclusions.
Might not be as simple.
At least when you look at the report on WITI channel 6 locally, which seems to have the entire quote. Here’s what Walker said,
“Bottom line is, I was offered a job. Like any person going into their senior year, right now particularly in this economy, if they were offered a job their senior year of college, I think most people these days would take it. That’s what I did at the American Red Cross.”
Kinda different to me. And I don’t necessarily blame the Journal Sentinel reporter although I would encourage him to work on that. But the quote in the Journal Sentinel, if read alone, is misleading.
Therefore my conclusions would be different from Chris and Cindy (although I don’t presume to think I’m changing anyone’s mind here).
Here’s my paraphrase of what Walker said:
In this economy, any senior who got a good job offer like I did at the Red Cross, might consider leaving school, since their prospects are dim even if they stay in school.
It goes without saying that it’s up to interpretation.
The Left’s other concern is voiced by Xoff,
Scott Walker, the degree-less candidate for governor, continues to describe his college career in ways that are terribly misleading if not outright fibs.
Xoff, in a magnanimous moment, says something I’ve been thinking about since this issue came up,
I don’t care whether he has a degree or not. Many dropouts, from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga to your truly (who falls somewhere in between those two) have had some success.
I don’t look at a candidate’s educational qualifications that much when deciding on a candidate. Certainly Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett are very well educated. Scott Walker does have experience running a government with a legislative body of the opposite persuasion. He’s won elections in a county that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.
I haven’t decided between the two yet, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out Walker because he didn’t finish college.