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Scott Walker’s rivals have a plan, a bad plan

Scott Walker’s rivals have a plan, a bad plan

Same old, same old attacks won’t work – Show us what YOU got, or get out of the way.

The Daily Beast has an article on how Scott Walker’s rivals plan on taking him down.


No, his Republican rivals, How the Other Candidates Plan to Kill Scott Walker’s Candidacy:

The Daily Beast spoke with strategists working with each of Walker’s top rivals to the Republican nomination, granting those who requested it anonymity in order to speak freely about how they are sizing up the field’s first leader….

“The question for him is, ‘Is he ready for prime time,’ ” said a top strategist to one Walker rival. “He has always been a little cocky, and you are starting to see that being governor of Wisconsin doesn’t necessarily prepare you for storm of a national campaign.”

But much to his rivals consternation, Walker’s poll numbers rose among Republicans in the days after those miscues, as they brought him both name recognition and a sense among Republican primary voters that the liberal media was out to get him.

Republican operatives say they are just beginning to pour over his record from a decade in the State Assembly, eight years as county executive of the relatively liberal Milwaukee county executive and four runs for governor, including an aborted attempt in 2005 and a failed recall attempt in 2012…

“This is a guy who has literally been in elective office his entire adult life,” said a strategist for one rival campaign. “He has made his living off the government sector, the taxpayer. He has never really, to my knowledge, had any kind of serious existence outside of the public sector.”

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Walker survived Wisconsin’s long, strange trip:

Police insurrections.  Palace guardsCatch a Senator contests.  Doctors behaving badly.  Massive national solidarity protests which weren’tIdentity theft as political theater.  Shark jumping.  Legislators who run away to other states.  Bus bang bangs.  Protesters locking their heads to metal railings and pretending to walk like EgyptiansBeer attacksCanoe flotillas.  (alleged) Judicial chokeholds.  Tears falling on Che Guevara t-shirts at midnight.  Endless recalls.  And recounts.  Communications Directors making threats.   Judges who think they are legislators  (well, I’ll grant you that one is common).  V-K DayHole-y warriors.  Cities named Speculation and Conjecture.

And the funniest blog headline so far: First They Came For The Right To Retire After 30 Years On Full Salary With COLAs

Walker slayed the Union Dragon in Wisconsin. He has street cred.

His rivals are going to have to do a lot better than something along the line of “when Walker was in the state assembly he voted for such and such.”

His rivals are going to have to show us what they have done that matches that.

Mere attacks on Walker will work about as well at the woman locking her head to the railing at the Wisconsin State House. [See Featured Image – via JSOnline.]

Show us what YOU got, or get out of the way.


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Hear! Hear!

You already have seen this with the “conservative” media. Matt Lewis has been pushing the “not ready for prime time” meme for awhile now as have others. I expect as the polling continues to go Walker’s way tyhey will have all their attack dogs out in force. It sort of reminds me of the Romney/Drudge thing in 2012.

Michael Haz | March 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

His Republican rivals, eh? Sounds an awful lot like HRC affiliates to me, pretending to be what they are not.

They can look all they want, but there is no gotcha in Walker’s background, personal or political. None. I can’t think of any other Republican POTUS candidate who has been as fully and deeply vetted as Scott Walker. None. They did it three times, and found not one thing. A radical leftist DA has used the powers of secret investigations to seize the computers and phones of Walker affiliates—and found nothing. Not one thing.

The liberals, be they of the DEM or RINO sort, always try to destroy that which they fear most. But in the case of Scott Walker, they are up against the man of titanium, and it won’t work.

    rabidfox in reply to Michael Haz. | March 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Michael, I surely hope you are correct.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Michael Haz. | March 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm


    You too remember when they did that in the 2008 state primaries. (That is the ones that were not closed to only voters registered to that party.)

    Then Obama’s minions did the same to Hillary. Invading Hillary support web sites and even stealing those web blogs’ members’ ID. Even posing as a Hillary supporter and posting on said Hillary web sites that they were switching to Obama.

    Fraud thy name be Democrat Part?

    Estragon in reply to Michael Haz. | March 6, 2015 at 12:13 am

    There is a limited reasonable justification for the use of anonymous sources, mainly that the sources might suffer reprisals. This is not such a case. They are just using unnamed sources to promote a story.

    We have NO IDEA whether these sources really work for “Republican rivals,” or for Democratic groups or candidates, or are just convenient justifications for the writer’s imagined story.

    – –
    Why would we trust the Daily Beast in general or David Freedlander in particular? Have they broken major stories using anonymous sources in the past? NO. Why assume they are now? Instead of serving someone’s agenda without telling us whose?

    How can anyone accept this article at face value, but complain about ABC-NBC-CBS-CNN moderators at debates?

    maxmillion in reply to Michael Haz. | March 6, 2015 at 3:34 am

    You underestimate the leftist ability to destroy. If they can’t find anything on him, they’ll manufacture something on him.

      The Left has been there, tried that … and failed.

      Think the Stupid Party will do better?

      Mike-in-Mass in reply to maxmillion. | March 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Don’t be surprised if they plant / find a young naïve intern to say he harassed her. Look how they (and the media) latched on to the dog on the roof of Mitt’s family hauler story. They will shake their heads in disgust for the cameras but hand her envelopes of cash and high-five each other behind the scenes.

I hope they just let that woman sit there. For hours. Until they turned the lights out in the building around her. Idjit.

Fasten your seatbelt; it’s going to be a bumpy election cycle…

And I kinda want it that way.

“Show us what YOU got, or get out of the way.” I think we should be telling ALLLLLL candidates that, and sweeping them out of the way if/when we find them wanting.

One thing…of several…I like about this young man, Walker, is he is more positive. He has a plan, and he sort of quietly makes it happen. Good trait in a leader, that.

    Janelle in reply to Ragspierre. | March 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Frankly, we should just vote the whole lot in and out regularly. If this is what “experienced” people do the US……….give me some inexperienced. At the least, it’s uncorrupted.

      platypus in reply to Janelle. | March 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

      The problem is less with the elected critters and much more with the unelected bureaucracy critters. They stay regardless of who gets elected so nothing much changes. Of course when we have stupid RINOs getting elected, it doesn’t help.

NC Mountain Girl | March 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Reagan supposedly needed John Sears heading his campaign because Sears understood national campaigns and Reagan did not. Reagan fired Sears for overreaching. Reagan also started to win after that.

Like these “not ready for prime time consultants”. Sears thought the process was all about making himself important, especially with the media and contributors with more money than brains -or vision.

“But sir, he is a drunkard. You must do something!”

“Very well. Find me what he drinks, and send a barrel of it to all of my other generals.”

At this point, I frankly do not care what they dig up; if he brings the fight to the left, I’ll be behind him all the way.

Circle the wagons and load the rifles.

This is the Daily Beast. They are no friend to any of the people they interviewed, or their employers. Taking the bait, and running down their rival is STUPID!

    Estragon in reply to Valerie. | March 6, 2015 at 12:24 am

    True – but we don’t even know they were interviewing the rivals and/or accurately representing their comments. Anonymous sources are like a dream come true for a reporter who didn’t do his homework – just make it up and file the story: who can say it’s wrong?

    Comes down to trust. My level with The Daily Beast is NONE.

Sooner or later the entire country is going to have to face what the Professor so accurately describes as “Wisconsin’s long, strange trip.” Every day it’s delayed makes the trip longer and more difficult. Scott Walker not only knew what had to be done, he did it honorably, survived, and earned the respect of many who were initially skeptical at best, if not outright antagonistic.

Like (or dislike) him for other reasons, only Chris Christie has come as close to taming the beast in the same kind of biased, union run, crooked neighborhood. Huckabee to Hillary and all the rest, bring your best, let’s see what you’ve got. (P.S. Some free advice for Elizabeth Warren, stay home – this is going to be, must be to get done, down and dirty and way out of your league.)

Ha! If Scott Walker can survive the best that the democrats throw at him, what could the cheese eating surrender monkies in the RINO establishment throw at him?

He’s…..he’s…..a stand up guy?

I’ll go on record and say that Ted Cruz or Ben Carson is my first choice, but if Walker wins the nomination, I probably won’t have to write in Ted Cruz or Ben Carson, which is what I’d do if anyone else won the nomination.

    Estragon in reply to Paul. | March 6, 2015 at 12:26 am

    So two inexperienced and unqualified candidates are your first choices, but you will accept one of our experienced Governors – I guess until he says something that offends your Pure Understanding of Conservatism?

      currently in reply to Estragon. | March 6, 2015 at 12:59 am

      What is your definition of “unqualified”?

      DrEvil007 in reply to Estragon. | March 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Qualified equals career politician who has been part of the problem for decades and has contributed nothing towards any improvements or solutions? We keep voting for “qualified” politicians and everything they touch continues to get worse. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing again and again while expecting a different outcome.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | March 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Ah, there’s that great GOP Establishment salesmanship again. Winning hearts and minds by insulting fellow party members at every opportunity. It worked in 2008 and 2012 and it will work again in 2016.


    Midwest Rhino in reply to Paul. | March 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I love Cruz but he is “branded” as a firebrand, and does not have enough experience. Carson (imo) eliminated himself already with several stumbles, with even Red Eye mocking him for his “gay is choice” off handed comment, offering as proof that men go in prison straight and come out gay.

    He’s not real conservative, but even more important, seems to think he can give off the cuff responses without thinking through a political answer. I believe he is right that a “gay lifestyle” is not genetic, and is largely a choice, though nurture has much to do with it (as opposed to genetic nature). But any candidate needs to approach that subject in a much better way, if at all.

      damocles in reply to Midwest Rhino. | March 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      I’m still for Cruz. He can debate the left and explain the Conservative position in a very clear,positive way to change hearts and minds of independents and Reagan Democrats. He has already put forward specific detailed plans to deal with Obamacare(including legislative text) and energy and he is not supportive of a path to citizenship for illegals. I do not believe Walker on his recent conversion away from supporting a path to citizenship, He has to convince me of his sincerity on that. Besides, the MSM is going to crucify whoever the GOP nominee is and we need someone who can respond eloquently on their feet as Senator Cruz can. Walker has been targeted by the unions, that is just as bad as being labeled a firebrand by the media.

        Midwest Rhino in reply to damocles. | March 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        Cruz still has time to make that clear message, and indeed making clear arguments on his feet counts for a lot. His father’s story is compelling, though I don’t know the whole story. But it seems those that come out of “dictatorships” better understand what is at risk with the leftist coup we are facing.

        Walker was attacked by unions, but withstood three elections with national union attention. So he has been tried by fire. Cruz has the problem of his own party attacking him, which is fine by me, but not sure it works without him having other accomplishments, as far as a presidential run.

        Walker is polishing up his national level arguments, Cruz has better legal training and perhaps more tenacity in a sense. But Walker also would help deliver WI, IA, maybe MI, heck, maybe even IL … we elected a R for governor. Cruz will give us TX, maybe FL due to Cuban roots?

This man is so squeaky clean, it hurts, and the one thing they think they can pin on him is that he’s… uppity..? Goodness.

    platypus in reply to JBourque. | March 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

    He gives ’em an attack of the vapors. So they faint in the sitting room while the mammies tend to them with fans.

More skulls!

Remember you read it here first!

How about narrowing the Republican field by having that Grand Old Party of the Establishment, Chris Christie, run as a Democrat?

How about Chris Christie for the Democratic nominee? Now that Hilary is toast this would narrow the field.

I’m with Haz @ 7:43 pm. I believe we were both following the Walker Wisconsin saga in live time back in the day. If the WI Dems couldn’t find or invent enough stuff to trip Walker up during those utterly horrible months / years, the left and / or the Repubs aren’t going to find it. But if they weren’t paying attention to WI then, they have no idea. Go ahead. Waste your time and money.

I think I heard some criticism om a Sunday AM “news” show about Walker’s lack of foreign policy experience and I tripped going out the door. Look at who they elected the last two rounds. And look at what their “foreign policy expert” the recent Sec of State has left behind her. (Not to mention what Lurch is up to.)

quiksilverz24 | March 6, 2015 at 2:44 am

Can the media please get over “miscues” narrative in regards to Oblamo’s religion. Or maybe focus on that, because his answer makes total sense. If I’ve never talked to a person about religion, how do I know. Just believe the media?

The talk that is coming from Walker’s enemies brings to mind the words of Yorgi in the movie XXX.

Most people talk a lot, few are up for the moment.

Scott Walker has shown he is up for the moment.

CaliforniaJimbo | March 6, 2015 at 7:57 am

I think Scott walker’s I dont know answer to the presidents Christianity was correct. How does Scott know what the President’s faith truly is? One can assume he is Christian but unless you personally hear the President testify to his belief in Christ, you don’t “know”.

Walker Cruz 16 🙂

“you are starting to see that being governor of Wisconsin doesn’t necessarily prepare you for storm of a national campaign”

Or rather the opposite, which is Prof. Jacobson’s point. Walker has been bright, focused, effective and gracious while facing probably the most malicious, relentless and unscrupulous opposition tactics of all the 50 states. He also has an uncanny quality of being readily “misunderestimated” by opponents.

To help, send Walker money.

While the Establishment Rethugs are pouring (sic) over Walker’s record I’ll pour a couple of fingers of good scotch and enjoy (not really) the show.

Henry Hawkins | March 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

Of course only a fool trusts a Daily Beast concern troll article. But look at the article. Does it reveal anything you woldn’t expect? Of course Walker’s GOP primary opponents will explore issues and items that help them defeat Walker, any fool knows that without having to (purportedly) speak with anonymous sources. The article says nothing the average Joe wouldn’t assume in the first place. It is the banality of what the purported sources said that makes me think it’s genuine. If Daily Beast were making it up, what the “anonymous sources” said would be far more pointed and injurious, or at least attempting to be.

Midwest Rhino | March 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

Walker is the man, as I see it.

He might work on a different tack on gotcha questions. If asked if he believes Obama is Christian, maybe:

Well sure, our president says he is Christian, so why would I doubt his personal belief? Sure his Chicago church had some radical elements, even praising Farrakhan on their church magazine cover. But the president’s personal beliefs are his own.

I personally would probably leave a church that blamed America for 9/11, or that supported the communists and Sandinistas in Central America. President Obama chose a church that emphasized Marxist style black liberation theology, which was more revolutionary than about the traditional gospel. But the president said he never heard those kinds of things from Rev. Wright, so I believe him.

I’m not great at political jujitsu, but it seems most of those gotcha questions could be turned around to actually skewer the PC religion on which they are often based.

Questions about the attacks on him in Wisconsin

I’m not claiming the Democrat prosecutors that brought these fallacious charges should be fired, disbarred, and executed, but political prosecutions can become a problem, as Gov. Perry can attest. Or hundreds of tea party groups targeted by the IRS. Have you heard if Hillary’s hard drives have crashed yet, like Lois Lerner’s, and the EPA’s did?”


The only opponents who talk like those described by this article are not in the Cruz camp. In fact they all sound like Bush. Cruz uses facts about what he believes are the best policies to govern with the personality of his opponent doesn’t enter into it. If Walker is squishy about amnesty and knows nothing about foreign policy Cruz will just point out where he stands on those issues and since Walker is squishy on amnesty and knows nothing about foreign policy Cruz has the upper hand on those and most other issues concerning how the Federal government works. Walker doesn’t hold the upper hand when it comes to courage either.