— The New Republic (@tnr) June 15, 2014
Alec MacGillis has an amazing, detailed, and lengthy profile of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the latest edition of The New Republic.
This paragraph stood out to me:
Walker is deflecting any 2016 speculation for now, since he must first win reelection this fall against Mary Burke, a former bicycle-manufacturing executive. But he has been traveling extensively outside of Wisconsin building ties with national Republicans. In a single four-day stretch last year, as the legislature was grappling with the budget, he gave a speech at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, Connecticut, attended a New York GOP fund-raiser at the “21” Club, and gave a keynote speech to the Polk County Republican Party in Iowa. And there is little doubt Walker believes himself ready for the national scene. In 2012, he took the unusual step of sending Mitt Romney a lengthy e-mail telling him what he was doing wrong. (He got no reply.) Compared with Romney, Walker would offer one clear advantage—it would be hard to cast a small-town preacher’s son as a plutocrat. Otherwise, though, it is difficult to envision how Walker would broaden his party’s national appeal beyond the same shrinking pool of voters that Romney drew from.
The title of MacGillis’ article, as well as his point about the demographic crisis facing the GOP in presidential elections, made me think of one of my favorite Minor threat songs.
As covered by Slayer:
For the background on this song, check out this article.