Scott Walker is really on a roll these days. He’s emerging as an early favorite for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, and yet, he doesn’t know if our current president is a Christian. To be sure, he didn’t make a declaration, like saying, “He’s not Christian,” or even, “He’s definitely a Muslim.” He just doesn’t know, despite all the times Obama has publicly mentioned his Christian faith.
During the winter National Governors Association meeting, Walker talked to the Washington Post about many things, including whether or not he knows of Obama’s Christian faith. He said:
I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that. I’ve never asked him that. You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?
While he does make a point, it’s also indicative of how insulated he is from the national stage. On some level, he has to be. Running an entire state (into the ground) is hard work; he can’t spend too dreadfully much time paying attention to people and politics at the national level the way many of the rest of us can. However, he should be aware enough to know that the President has spoken many times about being a Christian. He should have heard, or read, at least one of those things.
Even Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he takes Obama at his word that he’s a Christian. According to The Huffington Post, McConnell says he doesn’t think that Obama’s faith is in dispute. It was in 2010, when approximately 34 percent of polled Republicans thought he was a Muslim, but even McConnell had class enough to say, “He said it, that’s enough for me.”
A spokeswoman for Walker, according to the Huffpo piece, said:
Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian. He thinks these kinds of gotcha questions distract from what he’s doing as governor of Wisconsin to make the state better and make life better for people in his state.
Or they reveal the level of Walker’s obliviousness. It’s not like Obama’s been shy about it. And some Democrats believe this casts doubt on whether he can lead a whole country. Holly Shulman, spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said that the question was a simple test, and Walker failed it. Instead of growing, Walker continues to push issues that further polarize the country, and push Wisconsin further into the ground.
Of course, both HuffPo and the Washington Post are reporting that Walker thinks these kinds of questions are why people hate politicians, and why they increasingly distrust the media. “The things [people] care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking,” he said to the Post.
He might have point there, too, but those kinds of seemingly random, distracting questions can actually reveal a lot. If nothing else, that question revealed that Scott Walker is entirely too unaware of what’s happening outside of Wisconsin right now.