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With Donald Trump monopolizing the airwaves with his amazing campaign, it’s important to recognize that our very own governor is also in this race.
It is also important to note that there are significant differences between these two candidates.
As a primary election guide (you should print this out and put it on your refrigerator) here is a list of five differences between Trump and Walker.
1. Trump is an outrageous bully; Walker is just a sneaky bully.
It’s hard to compile a complete list of all of the people that Trump has bullied in the past couple of weeks. All of his Republican opponents, women, Rosie O'Donnell, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Megyn Kelly, Fox News (you’ve got to be kidding me), Mexico, South America, Iran, China, the entire city of Washington, D.C., Jorge Ramos, NBC, the people he voted off his television show, all Democrats and Rand Paul. He pulls no punches.
Walker is a much more subtle bully. He doesn’t deliver punches. He bullies with a knife in the back. For example, Walker looks at teachers and tells them that he is a strong supporter of public education. Then he turns around and cuts school aid by millions of dollars. You don’t even feel the knife going in until all your blood starts draining out.
2. Trump has absolutely no filter; Walker is all filter.
There is nothing Trump won’t say. He calls women bimbos. He calls opponents wimps and lackies. Ask him about immigration, and he shouts that he will "build a wall and make Mexico pay for it." Then there is this, from an interview with Esquire: "You know, it doesn't matter what the media writes as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." Trump’s filter is that he wants to see how angry he can make people.
Walker has a thick filter labeled "what do I say that I think will sell with voters." In just a week, he’s had three different positions on immigration, trying out one after another to find one that people might like. During the debate, his filter kept him from saying anything that might make anyone angry.
3. Trump has surrounded himself with beautiful women; Walker hasn’t.
On his television show and his beauty pageants, Trump leaves no doubt that he loves having pretty women around. This guy doesn’t have a clue about the sensitivities of women. Talking about his daughter he said, "I don’t think Ivanka would do that pose for Playboy, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her." Eeew!
Walker’s only connection with women’s figures is that he wants to wrest control from them and keep them from making their own decisions about their own bodies.
4. Trump is a gazillionaire; Walker isn’t.
Trump has a network somewhere around $4 billion. His dad, Fred, was a tycoon, and his son got somewhere around a $200 million inheritance. He keeps shouting that he can fund his own campaign.
Walkers net worth is less than $100,000. His dad was a preacher in a little Iowa town that had no stoplight. Walker does know the Koch brothers, however, who make Trump look like a homeless person on the street.
5. Trump’s hair is a joke; Walker is losing his hair.
Late night talk shows and comedians are building their reputations on continued weekly jokes about Trump and his incredible combover. Trump's hair is an ongoing joke. "Saturday Night Live" is keeping its rating up with a weekly skit featuring the most famous combover ever.
Walker is losing his hair with a bald spot in the rear. So far most of the late night talk shows have even mentioned Walker's hair.
6. Trump loves glamorous hobbies; Walker doesn’t.
Trump owns golf courses around the world and plays with Natalie Gulbis. He has a selection of golf hats that is the envy of everybody who has ever teed it up. In a Golf Magazine article last year, he said, "Golf may be elitist, and perhaps that's what golf needs. Let golf be elitist. When I say 'aspire,' that's a positive word. Let people work hard and aspire to some day be able to play golf. To afford to play it. They're trying to teach golf to people who will never be able to really play it. They're trying too hard. Because of the expense of playing, and the land needed, golf is never going to be basketball, where all you need is a court."
Walker apparently plays sheepshead and occasionally pretends to go fishing, although there is no confirmation of any of that because his filter doesn’t know yet how people will respond. Hardly any voters outside of Wisconsin know what sheepshead is, so he’s working with consultants to develop an acceptable hobby.
And that's it. Important and distinct differences. I mean, which one of these men would you actually vote for?
Which one? Bueller? Bueller?
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