In a blink, America lost two of it well-known humorists this week. Yogi Berra died at 90. Scott Walker gave up his presidential bid when his campaign died.
We could all laugh when Yogi would say profound things like: “We made too many wrong mistakes.” Or: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
Or when the sleepy-eyed Walker, the Wisconsin governor, would boast: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” That was his response to a question about ISIS, his confidence swollen by his victory over public employes unions in his state.
But he upped and quit. That recalled an old Yogi-ism by the baseball Hall of Famer that went: “If you don’t ‘t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
Walker, a deeply religious man who was called from above to run for president , left the scene by saying he was “called”. That could only mean…
Yogi once put it this way: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Responding to a question, Walker defended the idea of a security fence with Canada as a “legitimate” idea, asking: “Why are we always talking about the southern border and building a fence there. We don’t talk about the northern border.”
Yogi would say, as he once did: “Take it with a grin of salt.”
Meantime, we can only wonder about Gov. Kasich’s reaction when Walker jumped the ship of fools. He and Walker, like-minded on most things, had coordinated their efforts to kill public employe unions. Walker even was recorded in a telephone call set up by a prankster, pretending to be David Koch, saying that he talked to Kasich “every day”, adding :” John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio.”
Right. Nice try, but Walker and Buddy Kasich were both scrubbed from the Kochs’ earlier A-list.
And that’s not funny. As Yogi would say, and did: “We were overwhelming underdogs.”
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