Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) sat down with ABC News' Jonathan Karl yesterday and made some news, though not necessarily the kind that will help his unannounced presidential campaign.
It was striking to hear the Republican governor say, for example, that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality this month, he believes the appropriate response would be "ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment." As for what such an amendment might say, Walker added that he envisions a policy in which states would have the constitutional authority to block same-sex couples from getting married.
On foreign policy, Karl asked the governor if he would "rule out a full-blown U.S. re-invasion of Iraq and Syria." Walker initially hedged, but refused to rule out the possibility.
Taken together, those two positions alone may give pause to much of the American electorate. But consider the significance of this other exchange:
KARL: So one of your central promises was that you were going to create 250,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin. When I asked you about that two years ago, you said you would get it done.... But you haven't done it. You fell quite a bit short.
WALKER: Yeah, we set a big bold goal. We created over 150,000 jobs in these first four years.... We're going to continue to aim high both in our state, and if I were a candidate for president of the United States, I would aim high there as well.
As a gubernatorial candidate five years ago, Walker offered Wisconsin a specific metric of success: he was so confident in the strength of his economic plan that he told voters that he would create 250,000 jobs in four years. He even said this should serve as the standard upon which he should be judged.
And Walker failed miserably to deliver. Indeed, he struggled to create half of the job totals he promised. His defense is that he "aimed high," but that's not a credible argument for a national candidate. Those who make bold promises about ambitious goals and then fail to deliver don't get to brag about their success.
The ABC interview soon added: