Did President Obama’s swift condemnation of Gov. Scott Walker, who signed Wisconsin’s right-to-work legislation into law Monday, have a hidden agenda?
The president released a two paragraph statement Monday night, saying he’s “deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen workers in the new economy.”
The strangely-worded statement went on to say “even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I’d encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans – by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave.”
Conservatives reacted vigorously on Twitter.
Dude hates freedom. Jesus man, we GET it. https://t.co/pBl79IHpd6
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) March 10, 2015
The new Wisconsin law protects workers from being compelled to pay union dues. Pres Obama calls it “anti-worker.” — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 10, 2015
.@markknoller Yeah, because choice is sooo oppressive…
— Loud Mouth (@jflysocal) March 10, 2015
@markknoller I’m “deeply disappointed” that this country’s filled with enough asshats to elect him twice.
— J (@CLEmomma) March 10, 2015
It’s no secret that Walker has battled Wisconsin labor unions since his election in 2010, handily winning both a recall and a re-election race. Why would Obama single out Wisconsin when 24 other states have right-to-work laws? Some speculate that Democrats would like Walker to win the GOP nomination.
The WH does little w/out good polling. Something tells me Dems might want to face Walker. Time to build him up — Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 10, 2015
@coshoct ..or maybe not. I just find it curious. Perhaps too curious.
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 10, 2015
The White House is likely not elevating Scott Walker like this by accident…24 other states have right-to-work laws. This is all 2016. — Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) March 10, 2015
This doesn’t count as an in-kind primary season contribution from President Obama to Scott Walker, does it? pic.twitter.com/uvz8pXk7uQ
— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) March 10, 2015
Or could this be a case of misdirection, to move the media’s attention away from Hillary Clinton’s email scandal?
Obama’s swipe at Scott Walker feeds 2016-hungry media – puts Hillary fiasco in second place — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 10, 2015
Obama has criticized Scott Walker more times for destroying corruption in the unions than he has Hillary Clinton for breaching security.
— Matthew (@Matthops82) March 10, 2015
In the end, it could simply be a case of over-analysis.