ZOMG!!! PRESIDENTIAL SURROGATE STEPS ON CANDIDATE'S MESSAGE!!!!
If Bill Clinton had contradicted Barack Obama like this, the punditocracy would be talking about it for weeks:
Gov. Walker splits with Romney, says firemen, teachers aren't 'big government'
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) disagreed Sunday with Mitt Romney's conclusion that the failed recall election in Wisconsin was evidence that American voters want fewer public workers such as teachers and firemen.
“I think it's slightly different -- I think in our case what they wanted was people willing to take on the tough issues not only here but across the country,” Walker told CBS's Face the Nation. "I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That's not what I think of when I think of big government."
I know, I know -- Scott Walker isn't Bill Clinton. But he's the new GOP superstar! He's being talked about as a potential VP candidate! He's more of a household name than Cory Booker, isn't he? So why isn't this a big deal? Why isn't it a big embarrassment to Romney?
I understand that Romney's firefighter remark was a minor part of the story, while Obama's assertion that "the private sector is doing fine" was the main story. But the narrative now is that the Obama campaign is struggling and stumbling, while Romney's campaign is performing flawlessly. Romney's remark was a flaw, as is Walker's decision to distance himself from it.
But those are facts that don't fit the narrative. And despite the fact that his party is the one that supposedly hates the mainstream media, Romney's campaign is now expertly feeding narratives to the mainstream media. Can the Obama campaign win an election if Romney's winning the media?