Sep 22, 201503:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Scott Walker leads from behind
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The illegal immigrant mania
Indeed, immigration is small potatoes. Unhappy people look for scapegoats when prompted to do so. Yes, illegal immigration is a legitimate issue, but hardly America’s greatest challenge. An NBC poll asked Republican voters what issues are most important to them:
I said on WKOW TV-27 last night that Donald Trump is using up all the oxygen. Americans are angry. (Liberals, too — witness Bernie Sanders.) But anger is a governing philosophy only for tyrants. A real leader channels that anger into positive action. That is what Ronald Reagan did.
America was being held hostage by Iranian mullahs (sound familiar?). The nation’s economy was stalled and the nation doubted its greatness. Then came Reagan to promise morning in America.
The role of big money: nil
Note where campaign finance ranks in the NBC poll. We talked about how democracy seems to have survived Citizens United despite the doomsday ululating of those who would use government to ration speech. (“A wealth of candidates.”)
Out of 21 presidential candidates, Democrat and Republican, two have now dropped out. Rick Perry, the first to drop out, ranked as the seventh best funded. Walker was the fifth best funded, according to The New York Times ranking of fund-raising
Jeb Bush leads the pack at $120 million, followed by Hillary Clinton ($67.8 million), Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. (Donald Trump, listed 17th, is largely self-funded. However, he seems to have spent little money, riding his celebrity instead.) Ben Carson, the second most popular Republican, ranks down the list at 11th. And Carly Fiorina, ranked third in Republican polls, stands 15th on the money list.
Blaska’s Bring It! takeaway — The worst thing to happen to Scott Walker was that big lead — too much, too soon. Overextended himself with staff, played it safe rhetorically. His Midwest Nice — and/or lack of opportunity — held him back from a Reagan moment of righteous pique (“I paid for that microphone!”)
Scott Walker Monday afternoon got out quick and clean. He did not harm himself during the campaign or in his leaving it. At the moment, at least, Scott Walker is the narrative.
Reagan didn’t win the first time he ran in 1976. Nor did Scott Walker for governor. The man is young (47) and in eight years he’ll be in his prime, probably with some time out to make money in the private sector or serve in the next president’s administration.
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