Friday, January 30, 2015

Scott Walker's Roosting

Forget what the polls say. Polls this far out are notoriously worthless in predicting Presidential nominees. Right now Scott Walker is sitting in the catbird’s seat for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

Virtually everyone who is contemplating running for President in 2016 or who has ever contemplated running for President in their life went to Iowa last weekend but unless you were a regular reader of RedState you would have no idea that anyone other than Scott Walker delivered a speech. This is just one indication of how thoroughly and completely Walker has stolen the early show from the other nominees and sucked all the oxygen from the room.

But Walker’s domination of the first 2016 cattle call isn’t the reason that he has to be considered the favorite right now. The simple fact is that Walker is the only candidate in the field who has already won what could be considered two national elections.

Much has been made of the fact that Walker has already won essentially three tough elections. This is true, but it undersells how Walker’s electoral experience differs even from other candidates in the field who have successfully won bruising statewide elections like Chris Christie or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)82%. Running for elective office involves successive levels of difficulty – and more importantly, scrutiny – especially in terms of the media. A hard fought state legislature race involves less media poking and prodding than a tough U.S. House race, which involves less than a Senate race, and so on. As Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich so ably demonstrated in 2012, no one who hasn’t won office at least statewide should really attempt to run for President because the increased glare of a national race tends to wilt those who are not prepared for it.

Walker, on the other hand, has not just won statewide races in a blue state. He has already been through the gauntlet, at least twice, of being the number one national target of the Democrat apparatus. He has already felt the full fury of having Democrat and union operatives trail him around to every campaign stop, recording every word, and digging up every detail on his life possible. His recall election was especially impressive because he was, nationwide, the only Republican target on the ballot at the time it occurred. He has already faced bogus prosecutions by politically motivated prosecutors and every other government hack under the sun.


Of course it's not a question of good versus evil, because evil in this instance believe they have a moral imperative to be evil, which in their minds make them the good.  And, of course, there are the GOP cross-dressers to contend with, but for now I'm exultant that Walker is  cock of the walk. 


Anonymous said...

Anyone the left hates that much has got to be good!

Chris in NC said...

based on his actions as Gov of Wisconsin and the fact that he didn't back down in the face of threats, I'll gladly vote FOR him. It will be refreshing to pull the lever for someone instead of writing my name in. Please Gov Walker, win out. I have no doubts he'll maul Hilary and face the heat for doing so as opposed to the wimps that wouldn't even call Obama a liberal out of fear

Anonymous said...

Two observations:

1. With this much bile against him already, I wouldn't be surprised to see an assassination attempt if he runs for the presidency.

2. In a way, I'd hate to see him leave Wisconsin. Without someone as sturdy as him at the helm, the Dems might re-take the state after he's gone.

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