When I first started on campaigns, “silly season” as the point where things veer off course from discussions of policy into the weeds of personal attacks, used to start in the summer right before the Presidential (or other) election. As time has gone on, in the decade or so I’ve spent flailing about in communications, “silly season” has gotten earlier and earlier.
Now, it’s jsut basically the whole campaign.
So why fear it, right? Why not embrace it. After all, if we’re starting this early digging up Scott Walker’s credit card statements, the foundational, constructive arguments as to why Scott Walker shouldn’t be President must be all but done away with. After all, he’s beaten the most ardent special interest groups on the left three times in four years, what could possibly be left to stick other than that he owes a slightly-higher-than-normal amount to a discount department store?
Scott Walker owes Sears up to $50,000.
According to his most recent financial disclosure forms, the governor owed between $10,000 and $100,000 to credit card companies in 2014. One of the cards listed is a Barclay Card, and the other is a Sears MasterCard.
“Over the years, the governor has given $370,000 of his salary back to taxpayers,” emailed AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC. “He has two kids in college, parents who live with him, a mortgage, car payments, and small credit card use. All in all, pretty ordinary stuff.”…
The Boston Globe noted that Walker has the lowest net worth of any serious presidential contender: -$72,500.
That’s vastly lower than the next lowest, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who clocks in at $330,507.
I’m not sure that deserved even the slight attention given to it by the Walker campaign. Barclay could, of course, be anything – I think the company even does the credit for Apple stores – but anyone who has ever remodeled a kitchen has owed something around $10K to Sears, with no incentive to pay the card off quickly. A good set of appliances – a fridge, a stove and a dishwasher, can run you, easily, into the tens of thousands. Add in a barbecue grill, a microwave, a couple of tools for the project (since I’m sure Walkers a DIY type of guy), and you’re well over $10K. Heck, a crappy set of appliances will put you at, at least, $6K, and as I was warned when redoing my kitchen, you shouldn’t get crappy appliances. Sometimes you have to spend money or risk having to buy the same things just a few short years down the road.
And with a relatively low salary, he operates pretty much like everyone else does. Buy the refrigerator that’s slightly more than you can afford, get the payment plan, try to pay it off as quickly as possible. It’s a goddam American tradition. One few candidates would know about – even the champions of the people Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, who have net worths of $21 and $8 million respectively. Enough to buy a few appliances with cash. Not that they ever would. Cooking is so anti-feminist.