Clearly, Walker is floating some trial spin on his lack of a college degree in preparation for a presidential run.
“I say I’m like the majority of people in America. I’m someone who went to college, had the opportunity in my senior year to go and take a job full-time, which was not the only reason I went to college, but one of the biggest reasons was to get a job. And the American Red Cross offered me a job my senior year, and I took it, thinking someday, maybe, I’d go back. But a few years later, I met my wonderful wife, Tonette, a year after that, we had Matthew, the year after that, we had Alex. And now like a lot of folks in America, you know, your family and your job take the time away from you from finishing it up. But I don’t think anybody — and I’ve got a master’s degree in taking on the big-government special interests, and I think that is worth more than anything else that anybody can point to.”
Walker’s lack of a college degree is a problem for his presidential aspirations. No president since Harry Truman has been elected to that office sans degree. Having a college degree has become a standard expectation for the office. One could argue that this expectation is unjust. We all know brilliant people who do not have a college degree and have been around plenty of Dr. Dullards. A college degree is generally a decent indicator that someone at least has a moderate amount of intelligence and the sticktoitiveness to finish a degree, but it is not a perfect indicator. Still, we have come to expect that our presidents will have achieved some tertiary education.
Overall, Walker’s response to the question should be pretty simple. He should say, “like most Americans, I didn’t complete a college degree and I wish I had, but I have a built a record of success and experience that has prepared me for higher office.” Reasonable people would respect a response like that and judge him on his record. I believe that is the message he is trying to send, but his clumsy claim to have a “master’s degree in taking on big-government special interests” is distracting. He’d be better off just leaving that part out.