Capper posts a video from DPW taking Scott Walker to task for spending the weekend campaigning around the state while Milwaukee is recovering from record setting rainfall. Meanwhile, the video shows Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Tom Barrett featured on the local news visiting neighborhoods that had been affected by the storm.
Apparently, the video is intended to show that Barrett was on the job while Walker wasn't. I hate it to break it to the DPW, but Barrett's visit could just as easily be seen as taking advantage of a bad situation to do some political grandstanding. During a campaign, everything candidates do is seen through the lens of politics. People should be neither surprised or upset by Walker campaigning or Barrett getting attention in the press after a disaster.
We have a political system for choosing leadership, which means that a lot of time and energy will be spent campaigning. While this system certainly seems rotten at times, it is no doubt better than all the others. Does anybody really think what this country needs is a good military junta? I didn't think so.
Both sides of the political debate make these accusations (remember the President campaigning for Barbara "Don't call me Ma'am" Boxer during the oil spill?) but people really shouldn't pay any attention. Save your indignation for something that matters. Playing politics just goes with the territory.