Well I can't say that this comes as a surprise, but it sure doesn't make sense: Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is definitely angling himself for a run at the governor's office come the 2010 elections.
Why doesn't that make sense? Because Walker has shown himself, time and time again, to be a person who doesn't believe government has any role to play, whatsoever, in much of anything at all. Dustin Beilke, writing at The Daily Page, has a good piece about this sort of moronic hypocrisy on the part of people like Walker. In the grand tradition of Grover Norquist's "drown it in the bathtub" attitude toward government, Walker has already succeeded in getting the county's public assistance role stripped by the state due to rampant incompetence. He's also come under recent (rightful) fire for his call for federal stimulus money to go toward a sales tax reduction, and Walker would like nothing more than to privatize just about everything you can think of.
Many others have done a great (and likely painful) job of keeping track of all the many and varied ways in which Scott Walker has worked so tirelessly to destroy everything he touches, so I won't go on just now. Click the links, and have a read. Try not to throw anything at your monitor while you do.
Suffice to say that I'm both humored and troubled by his apparent decision to run for the top office in the state. Humored because he's such an unflagging political idiot, and troubled because what if enough people actually support his run? I'm no great Doyle cheerleader, but compared to Walker the man's a savant.
(graphic courtesy the Brawler)