Governor’s attempts to convince voters to oppose Hillary pushes more toward her
Scott Walker has been taking to Twitter during the last few weeks of the campaign.
OK, that’s not news -- the Republican Governor of Wisconsin has always been a fan of social media, though he has often been ridiculed for some of his more “interesting” tweets.
But his recent presence on the social media site has been snarkier than usual. Take his recent tweet earlier this week about former Sen. Russ Feingold’s support of the Affordable Care Act.
Walker’s snarkiness is effective here, but it misses the broader point. The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has done a lot more good than harm for the country.Thanks, Sen. Feingold: "Rates for Obamacare plans jump in Wisconsin” #WISenhttps://t.co/32kNeFi84u pic.twitter.com/5ox9QYGGgw— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) November 1, 2016
Yes, premiums have gone up. But Russ Feingold has recognized that problem, and has promised to work with both parties to find a solution. The GOP solution has been to complain, and offer no better alternative.
Other aspects of the health care law have been positive -- ending the discriminatory practice of refusing care to patients with pre-existing conditions, for example, has been beneficial to millions of patients across the country. Even pregnancy counted as a pre-existing condition before Obamacare was passed. But today, we no longer allow insurance companies the ability to deny coverage to their customers in need of care based off of previous health events or conditions.
Scott Walker’s snarkiness on Twitter continued later this week when he tried to be snarky to both the president and to Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately for Gov. Scott Walker, people actually like President Barack Obama. In fact, recent polling as of this date demonstrates that a majority of the country approves of the job the president is doing, with around 52 percent favoring Obama in the Real Clear Politics average from October 8th through the 30th.
For comparison, George W. Bush left office in 2009 with dismal numbers -- just one-third of the American public approved of his job performance, with 61 percent disapproving of the job he did as president. Bush’s approval was so bad that it was difficult for him to be seen with Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Bush’s damaged brand was also credited with a Republican congressional candidate losing a run-off election -- in Mississippi.
Obama, on the other hand, is still considered a popular president -- more than half the nation still supports him, and he’ll likely leave office with much higher approval ratings than Bush got.
So Walker’s attempts to tie Hillary Clinton to President Barack Obama, in an effort to say “you really want four more years of this???” is laughable. People do want four (or eight) more years of Obama. And they'll vote for Hillary Clinton to get it.
Scott Walker will continue to be a snarky governor on social media. It’s what he does. But his snarky attempts to try and paint Hillary Clinton in negative light for being supportive of President Barack Obama’s policies won’t be effective -- if anything, it will push more voters to Hillary.