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Affirmative action = slavery? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shows how far conservative ideologues are willing to go

Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin

Good lord! Just when you thought America’s modern right wing was already pushing the envelope, along comes one of the Koch Brothers’ (and Art Pope’s) favorite governors to remind you once more of just how far these guys are willing to go in repealing the 20th Century.

This is from a new column by national political columnist Charles P. Pierce:

“For our daily Beyond The Barricades Report, let’s head to the cool northwoods, where Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their Midwest facility formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, is hard at work still putting the bananas in his banana republic, as The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel informs us.

[Daniel] Kelly—who in his application called affirmative action and slavery the same morally—will replace retiring Justice David Prosser on Aug. 1, the start of the court’s new term. Kelly, 52, initially applied for the appointment in secret, but his name became public in June, when Walker’s team narrowed the field of candidates from 11 to five. Kelly took just one question from reporters after Walker announced the appointment in the state Capitol, but he declined to discuss his writings opposing affirmative action and gay marriage. “The primary and only job of a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is to apply the law as it is written and the oath that I will take will guarantee to you that my personal political beliefs and political philosophy will have no impact on that whatsoever,” Kelly said. “Those things simply have no place inside the courtroom.”

Pierce goes on in the story to explain how closely Kelly is aligned with the Walker political machine as well as how his legal career “can most charitably be described as nondescript.” In other words, he’s pretty much the model judge for the modern far right — a loyal, uninspired ideological automaton. Perhaps Walker will brag on his new appointee when he attends a Raleigh fundraiser this afternoon, but for some reason, we’re not counting on it.

One Comment


  1. Steve Harrison

    July 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Yeesh. Shades of Paul Newby, but without the actual election to get in the way…

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