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Scott Walker’s stature rising, but how far can he go?

Scott Walker’s stature rising, but how far can he go?

He survived the Democratic-Union-Prosecutorial-Media onslaught. So far.

As part of my continuing effort to gain exposure to new audiences, I have a post at Fox News regarding how Scott Walker’s ability to survive the Democratic, union and prosecutorial (John Doe) onslaughts has turned Walker into an emerging star.

Congratulations, Democrats you made Scott Walker a rising 2016 star:

Republican victories in the midterm elections widely are viewed as a rejection of President Obama’s failed policies. But are the elections a harbinger of things to come in 2016?

For Scott Walker, the answer is yes….

In reelecting Walker, Wisconsin struck a blow against the politics of personal destruction. That is a message Walker now is uniquely capable of delivering to an electoral sick of politics as usual….

Instead, Democrats gave Walker a national electoral credibility they may regret in 2016.

For the rest of the story, go over to the link.

Walker is parlaying his victory into greater notoriety, as this appearance from Sunday shows:

Walker clearly is on the rise, but how far can he go?

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I think Scott bears watching and hearing out.

Several people are needed in any CONSERVATIVE administration. There are lots of positions that will need good people to fill.

    tencz65 in reply to Ragspierre. | November 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    i agree with ya Rags . But i have one worry . If the Governor was appointed to a Fed position what then would happen to WI ? Democratic Unions would then tear that state apart imo !!

      Ragspierre in reply to tencz65. | November 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Well, as I believer in small “d” democracy, if the people of Wishconsin are stupid enough to chose that course, that is what they should have…

      good and hard.

      I believe people can learn, too.

Doug Wright Old Grouchy | November 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Yes, Gov. Walker is a possible candidate for 2016.

Yet,my primary concern for 2016 is that candidates be well vetted in the process running to that decision point. My criteria includes a strong adherence to our Constitution, fiscally conservative, an adherent of federalism, especially as a workshop for ideas on governing and laws, and a person who can have that Reagan magic of bringing people together.

Sounds like it might be a piece of cake, eh?

One last caveat, screw the GOP Establishment; hopefully, not a forlorn hope.

    a person who can have that Reagan magic of bringing people together

    I’m not sure that’s possible at this point. Where are the Tip O’Neals in the current Democratic party (a Speaker of the House who had very nasty things to say about Reagan but who, at least eventually accepted that he won the election and who didn’t hate most of America)?

    In The Federalist, Rich Cromwell put it well:

    Does Walker sizzle? Not exactly. Is he a particularly charismatic speaker? No, he isn’t. But does he sit upon a throne made of the skulls of his enemies? Yes, yes he does.

The MSM will constantly refer to him as being surrounded by controversy or scandal. They’ve done their damage.

    Ragspierre in reply to windbag. | November 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    But that will be true of ANY Conservative. It has always been that way since at least Eisenhower. Certainly Goldwater.

    The knee-jerk is “he/she is CRAZY”, which stems from the Soviet doctrine that if you resist the Collective you are, per force, nutz.

    No helping that. You can count on it like Mr. Sun rising in the east. People are getting tired of hearing the same old BS.

      Old0311 in reply to Ragspierre. | November 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      The world would be a better place if Goldwater had won in 1964. At least Hanoi would still be an area full of big holes. The man knew what a B-52 was built for.

      Anchovy in reply to Ragspierre. | November 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      You do realize that Scott Walker probably watched the Cosby show at some time and probably enjoyed it. Proves he supports rapists and hates women.

      Of course, it’s standard operating procedure with all conservatives, but with Walker they’ve got the added ammunition of actual court proceedings, not just rumors.

      Let’s face it, Gruber is right about American voters in general. Stupid with the attention span of a gnat. Most people have no idea who Scott Walker is, and will get their information via the MSM narrative. Political junkies like those of us who hang out on these blogs know, but most people don’t.

        Milhouse in reply to windbag. | November 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

        What actual court proceedings? The only actual court proceedings have come down unanimously in his favor! The rogue prosecutors were told to stop pursuing him!

He’s my preseason #1 at the moment and will remain there until there’s good reason to change. A Cruz run would turn my head, certainly, but I’d go with Walker due to his proven ability to Get Shit Done even against massive opposition. He needs to develop into a more dynamic speaker, but is strengthened by the fact he actually has something to say and a record to discuss.

I’d love a Walker/Cruz 2016 ticket.

Walker/Perry

Walker/Martinez

and of course the odds-on favorite to cause liberals’ heads to explode:

Palin/Walker

Scott was my favorite until he recently went soft on homo marriage. He’s not a conservative anymore.

    You have to be a social conservative to get your vote? You and I probably share some things – small, constitutional government, 2nd A, less taxes but probably disagree on other things such as gay marriages. And yet Republicans need both of us to unite in order to push back socialism. How do we do that?

      Marry Jerry.

      I love that — “social conservative.”

      If you throw in the towel on baby killing, or on marriage and family, just what are you hoping to conserve, and for whom?

        What does “baby killing, marriage and family” have to do with the credentials and candidacy of Scott Walker? Is he running for Pope or President?

        Has his stance on gay marriage resulted in the death of your child, ruined your marriage or disbanded your family?

          JerryB in reply to Aucturian. | November 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

          I see. The gov’t currently defends baby killing with force and money, but a politician’s position on that has no effect. Right.

          Scott now doesn’t understand why the gov’t should protect marriage. I guess you don’t, either.

          Radegunda in reply to Aucturian. | November 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

          The current president’s stance on social issues has facilitated the deaths of many babies (and he’s funneling taxpayer money into that effort). It has also promoted a culture in which people are forced to participate in gay “marriage” ceremonies or celebrations with which they object, or else lose their livelihoods. And it’s promoting a culture in which children are deliberately denied a mother or a father and raised in a weird sham of a “family.”

At this point, my criteria for a Republican presidential candidate boils down to can he fight, and will he fight the Democrats?

McCain couldn’t fight, and wouldn’t even try to fight the Democrats. Romney could fight, but he didn’t fight the Democrats.

Walker has show that he is willing and, so far, able to take on the entire Democrat machine. That’s more than we’ve been able to say for any of the other people we’ve run lately.

Have the D’s figured out how to tell their base to ignore him yet?

Crazy, Evil, Stupid or Old ?? I bet they go with Stupid, since he dropped out of college. Then, their drones won’t actually have to deal with any of his actual positions. They’ll just react to any statement the way they react to anything Sarah Palin says: by denouncing the source as “Stupid”. Saves them from having to dispute, much less refute, his actual positions.

Stop it, Stop it, Stop it!!!!! Honestly, he hasn’t done near enough to run for President….yet. Good grief, four years ago he was a County Executive. He should have at least two full terms and really accomplish some good things before he even considers it. There is a lot to like here, but 2020 will be plenty soon.

Walker should be given full consideration if he runs, as should all current or former successful Governors.

First, a candidate must be able to win. It’s not about making points with anyone, it’s about assembling a winning coalition. We don’t get to govern unless we win.

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The other important ability is to get done the things which need to be done. There will be a massive overhaul of entitlements required, and a restructuring of the federal government by cutting hundreds of thousands of federal jobs and agencies. The candidate must have the skills needed to manage that, even knowing the upheaval it will cause probably means he will be a one-term President.

People say they care about debt and deficits, but when they feel the paid from it, they may vote differently. We need a President who will take responsibility. We can defend the reforms if we can keep Congress.

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    Midwest Rhino in reply to Estragon. | November 20, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Yeah … he took national heat from unions, in a purple state, and stood up well to it in repeated elections. And he’s dealt with the executive side of it as well, as governor.

    Fracking alone has helped Obama look better than he is, and QE and ZIRP have manipulated our markets to keep the middle feeling wealthy. But when that mirage breaks down, along with boomers retiring, and ever expanding entitlement promises, we indeed need hands on experience at the helm, when people “feel the pain” as you note.

    Cruz is interesting, and his Father’s story inspiring. But Cruz can be somewhat of a firebrand from a red state, that doesn’t have to act as executor. He’s presented cases to SCOTUS, but a young senator might need Hollywood and MFM support to win, and the ability to sing and dance with Ellen and the stars.

    Jindal is interesting but hasn’t made enough of a mark. Martinez has appeal, though too much of that is due to being a Hispanic woman. She might fit as VP, as a legal immigration and controlled border advocate. I’m not sure she’s even interested.

    Perry stumbled the last time and admits it, and I don’t see the same ability in Perry as Walker. Walker so far has made points clearly in more of the type battles he would face nationally. Perry may be good in intent, but still strikes me as a “stumble bunny” in trying to get to his point.

    Kasich was on with Cavuto yesterday, and ran strong in Ohio, but I don’t know much more about him. Cristy … fuhgettaboutit.

‘when they feel the PAIN from it …’

Scott Walker has been criticized as being too insular. This critique may have merit. He’s awarded unqualified friends with appointments to important state leadership positions and then had to backtrack on these appointments. My personal opinion is that he’s been a good governor, but I’m not sure he has the chops (depth & breath of experience) to lead a nation.

    platypus in reply to fjelly. | November 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I wonder how good of a governor he would look like if he had not been attacked the way he was. The unions made a big mistake going after him because they attacked right into his strong spot (stiff spine). However it is worth noting that a stiff spine doesn’t show except in combat. Walker needed the fight to show his spine.

Richard Aubrey | November 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

I live in Michigan, near enough to WI to get a Milwaukee talk station. So I’ve been able to hear some of the John Doe nonsense. Thing is, has the lesson been learned? The process is the punishment. Have conservatives been convinced that it could happen to them again if they stick their heads up? I believe one guy is suing the DA and his people personally and there is some hope they won’t be protected by sovereign immunity or whatever it is that lawyers have dreamed up to protect them from punishment for criminal activities.

I’m not telling anyone else how to vote, but I believe that a Republican who has demonstrated the ability to make innovative changes which have succeeded in their stated objectives, who has suffered the onslaught of the entire legal and extra-legal might of the Wisconsin Democrat machine not once, but thrice, and beat them straight-up, and who spends more time playing a good game rather than just talking one, is a man worthy of serious consideration.

It is widely believed among conservatives that McCain and Romney were deeply-flawed, compromise choices foisted upon us by a timid GOP. McCain was ever a loose cannon, guided more by his feelings and the collegiality of the Senate than a foundation of principle. Romney made his name fostering blue policies in a blue state. But Walker, blue state or no, has implemented red policies in a blue state, and made them stick, withstanding everything the opposition could throw at him. Vetted? He’s been scourged by Democrats and their public relations arm, the media. What deep/dark secrets do you suppose have been left unrevealed?

I think Walker is easily the front-runner at this point. I know that, among the political right, he rates well ahead of the other potential candidates, according to the polls I’ve seen at various conservative blogs. I also know that THAT doesn’t necessarily predict his performance in the primary, although I expect that Walker will keep a strong contingent among conservatives while performing very well among moderates. He is at once a tower of strength while presenting an image of reasonableness and inclusiveness. In short, he has the key ingredients to appear presidential, a feat that our current occupant has found beyond his meager skills.

How far he can go will depend on his positions with respect to health care and immigration. He’s sound as a rock economically, but for me this is a three-legged stool.

Scott Walker seems to be a common sense Executive, willing to make tough calls and change the status quo when necessary. Apparently, he’s a good communicator, convincing the citizens of Wisconsin to support him and his decisions against multiple onslaughts. When his decisions imperiled his political career, he chose what was right for the citizens of his state, leading them out of the slavery of debt. That is LEADERSHIP.

To put it mildly, he has the common sense of Chris Christie, without the bullying tactics. If he continues on his current trajectory, serving the wants of the many, over the few, he should go far in his career as a politician,that serves the citizens, .

America needs someone with these qualities as POTUS. While I would hope that he would be THE FRONT RUNNER for a candidacy for POTUS in 2016, he WILL NEVER get the media’s attention or coverage, as they want an easily defeated RINO for a candidate against their chosen candidate. And in their effort to “win over the press,” the RINO leadership of the Republican party will keep choosing a RINO candidate, causing the fiscal conservatives home on election day. This makes Presidential Elections “close,” but unwinnable.

I fully expect a Jeb Bush, (Pastor) Mike Huckabee or even a Mitt Romney (three strikes and you’re out!) to be chosen to go up against Hillary, Al Gore, Joe Biden (my time), or Elizabeth “Faux-ahontas” Warren to run and easily lose to one of these lib-tards. This would allow the transformation of America into a Soviet Banana Dictatorship to be completed. If this happens, I expect a rift that splits the country.

I predict Walker/Martinez for the GOP and Schultz/Maddow for the Dems in 2016.

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