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Megan McArdle

Gotcha Questions? We Deserve Answers

Conservatives have been outraged that "gotcha" questions are being asked of Scott Walker. Liberals have been outraged by the answers. Both are at least partially right.
Bring it.

Bring it.

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In the last few weeks, Scott Walker has been asked a series of questions about touchy topics, such as evolution and whether he thinks Barack Obama is a Christian. Conservatives are outraged that these "gotcha" questions are being asked. Liberals are outraged by the answers. Both are at least partially right.

I'm going to rile up a large portion of my readership by saying this, but I'm not sure it matters what the president believes about evolution. To the extent that this is a policy matter, it is a policy matter for state and local school boards, where creationists might decide to de-emphasize this portion of the curriculum in favor of content that doesn't offend their religious beliefs. Scott Walker is not running for his local school board, and as far as I know, they're still teaching evolution in Wisconsin classrooms. So his beliefs about evolution are probably not very relevant to his current administration or his political future.