Last month, shortly after Election Day, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) threw his support behind a new voter-suppression effort: it's time, he said, to end the state's same-day voter registration law. The law has worked beautifully for decades -- Wisconsin has a terrific voter-participation rate -- but the Republican governor publicly endorsed scrapping the law before the 2014 cycle.
That is, until yesterday, when Walker seemed to denounce his own preferred policy.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is backing away from his support for eliminating same-day voter registration, saying it is a distraction while he is trying to focus on job creation.
"This is a ridiculous issue. My priority is about jobs, creating jobs," he told reporters on Wednesday after a ceremony to promote a Wisconsin National Guard officer.
Walker added that the issue "hasn't been something I've talked about," overlooking the fact that he talked about it in some detail just a few weeks ago.
So, how can Walker endorse a proposal and find it "ridiculous" over the course of just 18 days?
I suspect this isn't a genuine flip-flop, so much as it's about public relations -- the governor doesn't want to give the appearance of focusing on new voter-suppression schemes when he's supposed to be focusing on jobs and the economy.
Indeed, Walker may now think this is "a ridiculous issue," but he didn't say yesterday whether he'd sign state legislation into law if Republicans in the state legislature sent him a bill ending same-day voter registration.
The questions for the governor, then, are simple: are you prepared to make this "ridiculous issue" the law in Wisconsin? And has your endorsement of the policy changed?