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Sep 22, 201503:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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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.)


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Sep 22, 2015 03:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Please !!

walker is a sorry excuse for a person period ! not a hero.

at least people realize that, nationally.

so does the national press. What's up with Wisconsin??

unfortunately he comes back here to lick his wounds and ego.

we are so lucky.

Sep 22, 2015 03:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


A couple points:

Walker won his first election for gov., "Reagan didn’t win the first time he ran in 1976. Nor did Scott Walker for governor", no he dropped out. See a pattern here?

Walker didn't "lead" anything by withdrawing. Perry beat him to the punch, and didn't blame anybody in the process.

While Walker whined about "personal attacks", he took a thinly disguised shot at Trump.

You omitted the "positive conservative" quote from your excerpts. That phrase is an oxymoron in modern politics. See "divide and conquer", "drop the bomb", etc for reference.

The end result is the same. An under qualified and ill prepared ego was brought down by the realities of national politics. Even Trump has a better grasp of the big picture.

Sep 22, 2015 03:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Some keep comparing Walker to Reagan. Here's where they differ: Reagan was a Hollywood actor and someone who had some life experience beyond politics and a circle of friends more varied than other politicians. He knew how to talk to his opponents to turn them his way, which is why he won. Reagan Democrats, heard of 'em?

There are no Walker Democrats. And there won't ever be any. He won't talk to them, doesn't know how to talk to them and isn't interested in what they think is important.

Walker, to use a Trumpism, is "low energy" and when he returns to his college aged sons and his huge credit card debt, he will quickly start looking for a way to cash in.

Sep 22, 2015 04:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm not to disappointed Scott dropped out. I personally never wanted him to run. He is doing a fantastic job here in Wisconsin and there are a lot more things to get done before he goes to the next level. His announcement was a great win for the state of Wisconsin.

Sep 22, 2015 04:51 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

I wrote "Reagan didn’t win the first time he ran in 1976. Nor did Scott Walker for governor." Walker withdrew from his first run for governor in 2006 when he realized the support was not there, yielding the Republican nomination to Mark Green.

Yes, I've heard of Reagan Democrats. My father was one, a lifelong Democrat and office holder. He always said he never left the party, "the Democrats left me." In other words, friend, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis wouldn't talk to him, didn't know how to talk to him, and wasn't interested in what he thought.

Key kids! Catch the Squire's High Wire Act this Thursday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. We'll be talking about this very subject.

Sep 22, 2015 05:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I echo Anonymous 4:03PM. I too am glad to have Scott back to focus on Wisconsin.

All the left winger haters that spewed as much venom as they could about Scott running for national office are now getting what they wished for - they relentlessly told him he should focus on managing Wisconsin (since they had a venomous fear that he would go to Washington and change the pattern there).

So now he will be. I expect them now to shut their pieholes (for want of another expression) since they have gotten what they have supposedly wanted. I believe he still has ideas that will set off a second stage of left-wing weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Sep 22, 2015 05:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Such a victim Blaska. Just like Walker. Lets have a pitty party for you two.

1,2, 3 awe poor davey abandoned again!


Sep 22, 2015 10:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So let's see... It took national Republicans just a few months to wise up to Walker. But Wisconsin still has not. Despite his falling popularity ratings at home, all it would take to get Wisconsin voting for him another time would be another promised tax cut and a bunch of PAC funded negative ads.

It's a little early to celebrate the non-influence of money in the presidential race. No one will know what the PACs are spending and that money has barely kicked in yet. If anyone thinks corporate America (and corporate media) is going to let Trump or Sanders get nominated, I would suggest to reconsider.

As for Walker, I'd give him maybe 6 months until he starts jetting all over again; this time trying to raise visibility to position for some cabinet post in the next administration. Hopefully he gets transportation. Maybe he can figure out the high speed rail thing. Bob

Sep 23, 2015 08:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

So what you're saying is that like Carter, Mondale and Dukakis, Walker is never going to be president? I'm already on hold with the Ideas Net to pin you down on your Walker spinning. He ran an awful campaign and no amount of speaking lessons will allow him to assert himself in a debate where he's obviously in the bottom tier in terms of intellect.

Sep 23, 2015 08:50 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Laugh Out Loud. Anon at 08:10 AM writes, "So what you're saying is that like Carter ... Walker is never going to be president?"

Did you skip History 101?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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