NELSON: “I think Mike Tate has no intellectual honesty.”

Today at Capital Times, Stephen Elbow copy-and-pastes from National Journal reports on former DPW Chairman Mike Tate’s analysis of Scott Walker’s moral center. Tate says,

“I think Scott Walker has no moral center. I think he has no moral compass. And one of the reasons that has allowed Walker to succeed is his ability to let it blow in the wind. This is a guy who is about to sign a 20-week abortion ban, who ran an ad in the governor’s race … who made it seem like he’s a pro-choice governor. It’s the audacity he has.”

This is the ad, I’m guessing, Tate says paints the guv as pro-choice:



“Hi, I’m Scott Walker. I’m pro-life. But there’s no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor. Now, reasonable people can disagree on this issue. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of all Wisconsin citizens.”

The governor’s two greatest strengths are selling his agenda and being ruthlessly pragmatic. This is a pro-life governor who knew that reforms to undo pro-choice laws would have to happen incrementally. And so they have, as evidenced by the recent move in the legislature to ban abortions after 20 weeks. The CapTimes has even reported on the 11 policy changes in Wisconsin that roll back the pro-choice agenda.

This is par for the course from the guy whose electoral strategy to beat Republicans the last six years has been to be everything Republicans aren’t.

Scott Walker is effective, especially against Tate’s limp and useless leadership of the opposition party. It’s no surprise Tate is bitter, but the intellectual dishonesty is childish and pathetic.

About the writer: Nik Nelson is publisher of and Founder/CEO of OpenBox Strategies, where he connects political candidates and small businesses with excellent digital marketing tools and strategies.