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Knowing how much Donald Trump and other Republicans value the importance of paper trails to prove a presidential candidate's competency to become President, I'm sure they'll be delighted to get on this right away.  You see, my governor is a college drop-out...

Most people in Wisconsin know that Scott Walker left Marquette University before he received a degree.  He dropped out.  It is unclear why:  was he barely passing?  did he use unethical tactics when he ran for student government?  was he asked to leave?  was he expelled?  did he willingly leave?  If anyone knows the answer to these questions, she/he isn't talking.  Certainly, Walker himself hasn't offered any explanation.

I believe there are two important issues that need to be considered before this man runs for President.  First, if he left Marquette because of academic incompetence and/or unethical behavior, does the public have the right to know?  Republicans clearly think this is so if the candidate is a Democrat, as it is an indication of a person's overall character.  If we as Democrats believe the same, should we be demanding that he present his transcript, especially since there's an actual reason to believe that something just ain't right about the whole thing?  My belief is yes, he should be held accountable for his behavior.

Which brings me to the second issue:  in today's world, is it absolutely necessary for a presidential candidate to have a college degree?  The first issue I raised is totally separate from this one:  what is he hiding vs. his qualifications for the presidency (or even the governorship).  I have to admit that I'm uncomfortable with the idea of a college drop-out being President of the United States.  I do believe that the President should have a broad and deep knowledge of the world and that higher education provides that.  However, I also believe that there are truly remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime leaders who never went to college.  My opinion is that Scott Walker isn't one of them.

So, do we begin making a lot of noise about this, or do we give him the benefit of the doubt?  Whatever we decide, I'm sure Donald will want to know all of the details.  Perhaps he'll offer to donate $5 million to Daily Kos if Scott Walker gives him a copy of his transcript...

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  •  Were you ok with the President (4+ / 0-)
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    Mentatmark, Adam B, exterris, SilentBrook

    not releasing his college transcripts?

    •  He graduated (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, SilentBrook

      and did that law review thing. His failure to graduate and and explanation as to why that happened did not get past the He failed to graduate part.

      But that is a fair question to ask, coffeetalk.

      Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

      by Mentatmark on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 08:47:51 AM PST

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      •  I think the standard has to be applied equally (4+ / 0-)
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        VClib, nextstep, leu2500, Mentatmark

        there were lots of indications (even in the President's book) that he did not do particularly well at Occidental College.  He did not release that transcript.  

        He did well later, and one can say that how he conducted his life since he left Occidental is what should matter.  But then that principle has to apply equally to Democrats and Republicans.  

        Either we demand everyone release college transcripts or we don't.  We don't know what is in Scott Walker's transcript, but then again, we don't know what is in President Obama's Occidental transcript, either.

        If you think that not graduating from college means someone should not be elected President, you are free to make that argument.  You don't need his personal college transcript to do that.  

        List of Presidents who did not graduate from college:  

        George Washington (The death of his father ended Washington's formal schooling; however, he believed strongly in formal education. In his will, he left money and/or stocks to support three educational institutions.)
        Andrew Jackson
        Martin Van Buren
        William Henry Harrison (attended college but never received a degree)
        Zachary Taylor
        Millard Fillmore
        Abraham Lincoln (had only about a year of formal schooling of any kind)
        Andrew Johnson
        Grover Cleveland
        Harry S. Truman (went to business college and law school but did not receive a degree)

        •  I have no problem w/ lack of degree (1+ / 0-)
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          I would never argue that a college degree, or any post secondary education, or even secondary education is required or any sort of gauge as to worthiness for office. I am biased against Walker, and would like to see him questioned while on truth serum, if one truly existed. But it is not his transcripts that now interest me, and many others.

          I believe that we could start an open thread asking for "What three things would you want to ask Scott Walker while he was on truth serum," details of his college career would not be a big runner.

          However, I think that details like that could be instructive as to character. I had a similar but much shorter college experience myself, and can understand his desire to (perhaps) embarrass himself.

          I was Flounder, fat, dumb and drunk. Except for me it was fat, undiagnosed autistic and experimenting. Same result. Except I went back at age 30, and got a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree, with pretty good grades. But I am not running for office. So just keep my starting at Penn Sate  in 1977 and being booted by the end of my freshman year between  us, OK?

          Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

          by Mentatmark on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:23:26 PM PST

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    •  OK with Obama (3+ / 0-)
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      Orinoco, stormicats, kideni

      not releasing transcripts.  Once you've been head of the Harvard Law Review, graduated from law school, and taught constitutional law, the transcript is a moot point.  It's like asking an experienced job applicant what clubs they were in in high school.

    •  remember (0+ / 0-)

      things that are ok for republicans are not ok for democrats; also a good response for the repug trolls calling for you to be fair to doofus walker (wanker)

      when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

      by bunsk on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 04:04:57 PM PST

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  •  Scott Walker will never be a serious candidate (5+ / 0-)

    for the GOP nomination as POTUS. He will have a difficult time winning re-election as governor. At his moment I would think that Chris Christie is the GOP favorite assuming he wins re-election as governor of NJ, which looks likely given his very high bi-partisan poll numbers. However, there is a long time before the 2016 races start in earnest and it is impossible to predict what will happen. That being said I don't think many view Scott Walker as a viable national candidate.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:00:10 AM PST

  •  You need another choice (2+ / 0-)
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    coffeetalk, leu2500

    o   Up to Scott Walker whether he releases them or not

    There are many very successful people who have dropped out of college.   Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and David Plouffe come to mind.

    I think it is a fair question to ask a candidate about why they dropped out but then it is up to them to how they want to answer that question and for the voters to decide what they think of the answer.

  •  A Non Issue. Scott Walker will never be President (1+ / 0-)
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    exterris
  •  The main issue I have with Walker's college days (1+ / 0-)
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    stormicats

    Progressive activist and lifelong resident of Vermilion County, Illinois IL-15/IL-SD-52/IL-HD-104

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:08:07 AM PST

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