Presidential campaigns are a severe test. As CNN's John King said on "Inside Politics" today, if you want control of the nuclear codes, be prepared to answer anything.
In this case, the question is directly related to the job Walker wants. A president's view on evolution would influence his or her position on climate change, precision science, stem cell research and scores of other issues connected to one of the most fundamental findings of the modern age.
Others defending Walker called the stories about his dodge another example of media bias.
Like most independent-minded voters, I'm tired of hearing both Republicans and Democrats excuse their leaders' mistakes by saying "the other side" is worse or gets better treatment. Republican voters should be the first to demand more of Walker than they've seen from Democrats. Don't let him hide behind you. Don't cover for his duck.
Walker tried the weasel route, telling Twitter followers, "It's unfortunate the media chose to politicize this issue during our trade mission to foster investment in Wi."
No, sir. It's unfortunate that a man who had the political courage to defy public employee unions is afraid to answer a simple question. Or maybe you're not so courageous. Your attempt to clean up the flap on Twitter didn't work because your tweet doesn't answer the question.
Who made this an issue? You, sir.
As a leader, Walker has a responsibility to explain to his supporters that evolution is fact and it's not necessarily a contradiction of their religious faiths. Nearly half of GOP voters do not believe humans have evolved over time, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted last year. The percentage of GOP voters who believe in evolution has dropped 11 points in four years.
Walker also ducked questions about the Islamic State, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom's role in the European Union, saying it's inappropriate to undermine the U.S. president while abroad. That is an understandable "“ even admirable "“ position to take, and is consistent with then-Sen. Barack Obama's cautious approach to U.S. policy during his 2008 trip abroad as the Democratic nominee.
Republicans have convinced themsevles that Obama got preferential treatment from the mainstream media in 2008. I will concede the point for the sake of argument: Media bias is no excuse for Republicans who enter the arena unprepared or unwilling to field every question.
If you want the job, you've got to fill out the questionnaire.