Kevin Drum has a good run-down of Scott Walker’s little scandal, where Walker’s staff people installed a separate router in his official office in Milwaukee when he was County Executive so they could exchange campaign email. Walker denied knowledge of this, but some recently released emails show he knew about it. He’s also had staff members go to jail for transferring money from a widows and orphans fund to the zoo, and a special prosecutor is looking into coordination between his recall campaign and big-money conservative groups.
What’s interesting about this lower-key version of the Christie scandal is that most of it didn’t need to happen. Walker could have separated his campaign staff from his County Exec staff. He didn’t need to hire a criminal slimeball–there are plenty of the non-criminal variety around. But he did, and in the end, even if he could overcome all of his other faults, this kind of Tricky Dick shit won’t fly in a national campaign. Scratch another one off the 2016 roster, because he just can’t suppress the little Nixon inside.