Sep 22, 201503:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Scott Walker leads from behind
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Well, that was quick. Something like 71 days between Scott Walker’s July 13 announcement in Waukesha that he was running for the Republican nomination for president, which I attended, seeing him soar to front-runner status, and yesterday’s crashing and burning to a mere asterisk. Some of Donald Trump’s marriages have lasted longer.
My friend Miss Vicki thinks Scott Walker should have taken questions when he announced Monday that he was out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. She is in good company. National Review snarked, “The fearless candidate [they meant “unintimidated”) refused to take any questions.”
No, Walker did the right thing. He wanted his focus to be on his message. Plenty of time for the necropsy. His leave-taking was the kind of message that would have played well during the debates, devoid of bitterness, hopeful for the future. Excerpted:
As a kid, I was drawn to Ronald Reagan because he was a Republican and a conservative. But most of all, I admired him because of his eternal optimism in the American people … Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican Party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks.
In the end, I believe that voters want to be for something and not against someone. Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear about how we can make them better for everyone. We need to get back to the basics of our party:
• We are the party that believes that people create jobs — not the government —and the best way to grow the economy is to get the government out of the way and build it from the ground up.
• We are the party that believes that the way to measure success in government is by how many people are no longer dependent on the government — because we ultimately believe in the dignity of work.
• We are the party that believes that a strong military leads to peace through strength and that will protect our children and future generations — we believe that good will triumph over evil.
• We are the party that believes in the American people — and not the federal government. …
Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. …
Unfortunately, Walker himself is guilty of some of that negativity by pandering to the hysteria over immigration. (“Big wall or even bigger wall,” Jimmy Fallon parodied.)