An Ode To Scott Walker

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.


Minor Threat:

As covered by Slayer:

For the background on this song, check out this article.

2 replies »

  1. I believe he will be the nomination, hes a governor who successfully took on the Unions, this will go a long way with the base. What does Rubio or Rand Paul offer? legislation proposals, wow, sign me up!

    In terms of his electability, I think the election in 2016 will be similar to 2008. It did not matter who the Republicans nominated they were not going to win, they could have brought back George Washington from the grave and it not have mattered.

    I think the 2016 will be similar, not that Walker is as articulate or as likable as Obama, but people are waking up to the disaster of the Obama administration. Obama care, Benghazi, IRS scandal, the releasing of the 5 Taliban prisoners, the deterioration in Iraq. Who ever the Democrats nominate (Clinton), will be linked to Obama and his policy. That’s my prediction, time will tell.

  2. Scott Walker comes across as a lightweight both in terms of intellect and experience, New Republic went a bit too far in stressing the supposed toxic racial angle but there is no doubt Walker – along with his Republican-dominated legislature – have done and are doing all they can to suppress minority voting. In this he is no different than Republican governors in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania – all swing states necessary for whoever hopes to win the Presidency in 2016. Don’t assume that just because Fox News is obsessed with Benghazi that it will have much impact outside the Republican base. The general electorate won’t care – same goes for the other Republican-hyped “scandals”. If Walker should get the nomination (doubtful) he will come off very poorly against Hillary, in swing states and in the context of the debates. She will also have little difficulty in asserting a separate political stance from that of Obama, while still maintaining a respectful attitude toward his administration (which, again is only a “disaster” if you are a Fox News addict and part of the 25-30% belonging to the far right base).

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