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Did Hillary just signal which Republican she hates and fears the most?

Did Hillary just signal which Republican she hates and fears the most?

Scott Walker needs to send a big Thank You to Hillary for the scorn.

Scott Walker has fallen dramatically in the polls, undone for now by the Trump phenomenon.

Numerous pundits, including me, wonder if he can get back up again.

Surveying the Republican field, based solely on current polling, Scott Walker should not even be on Hillary’s radar. But he is. And she just lashed out at him more viciously than she has any other candidate.

Politico reports:

Making her 2015 debut in Scott Walker’s home state of Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton on Thursday unleashed her harshest and most extended diatribe yet against a Republican rival not named Donald Trump, accusing the governor of being a tool of the billionaire Koch brothers.

“It seems to me, just observing him, that Governor Walker thinks because he busts unions, starves universities, guts public education, demeans women, scapegoats teachers, nurses, and firefighters, he is some kind of tough guy on a motorcycle, a real leader,” Clinton said to a packed audience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “Well, that is not leadership folks. Leadership means fighting for the people you represent.”

While Clinton frequently criticizes her Republican opponents on the campaign trail, her barbs are rarely so extended or pointed. She also mentioned Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul on Thursday evening — but Walker faced the brunt of her fire.

“It looks like he just gets his marching orders from the Koch brothers and just goes down the list,” she added.

What gives?

A big part of it is that Democrats are beholden to Big Labor. And there is no one who hates Scott Walker more than Big Labor, and it’s showing up on the campaign trail:

Walker is trying to refocus his campaign on what has worked in the past, and what has worked in the past is taking on public sector unions.

Bloomberg reports, Scott Walker Would Ban Political Union Paycheck Deductions for Federal Workers:

Seeking to reboot his struggling Republican presidential campaign, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he’d weaken the power of federal employee unions, just as he did with the public-sector ones in his home state.

In a speech on Thursday at the alma mater of his political hero, Ronald Reagan, Walker said he would prohibit paycheck deduction for union dues for political activity on his first day in the White House.

“On Day One, I’m going to stop the government from taking money out of the paychecks of federal employees for political union dues because I don’t think any worker in this country should be required to put money into a political fund that doesn’t support candidates that they don’t support,” Walker said.

Walker tweaking and running against Hillary’s base could be a good strategy to propel him back into contention if and when the Trump phenomenon starts to ease.

Walker seems to be enjoying the new-found spotlight:

And this one aimed straight for the heart:

I don’t think Walker can regain his momentum without a little help.

Attacks on Walker from Hillary and Big Labor may be just what the doctor ordered.

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LOVE it when Collectivist idiots BOOST good conservatives!

Hellery can’t hep it. She was borned with a silver suppository up her butt!

    Estragon in reply to Ragspierre. | September 11, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t think she’s even thinking of Walker at all.

    She’s in Wisconsin, and in a tightening race she expected to be a cakewalk. She needs Big Labor and she needs the socialists at UW, and there is no one they hate more than Walker, who has defeated them FOUR times (two elections and a recall on his own, plus the election for Chief Justice) in five years.

    This is Hillary fighting for her political life.

Walker has been vetted thoroughly by the left and is still standing. Trump is being given a pass by the MSM for his boorish, childish, misogynist behavior, leaving it up to the GOP to cannibalize itself in an effort to rein him in. Trump will crash and burn; it’s in his nature to overextend himself and his resources. Unfortunately, it may not be until it’s too late for a normal candidate to gain traction. Hillary should rightfully be afraid of Walker. He’s proven himself to be an effective leader and a successful opponent of the entitlement mobs of the left.

    Radegunda in reply to windbag. | September 11, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Trump fans reflexively claim that anyone who criticizes their idol must — MUST — be a shill for Jeb. But Trump is actually siphoning support away from the serious non-Jeb, non-“establishment” options.

    I think the Trump presence in the campaign is almost entirely destructive.

I’ll be the contrarian here…

If she’s bashing Walker, she DOES want him higher in the polls, but not because she fears him.

Union $’s and votes still aren’t hers in the primaries yet. Walker will be the best boogeyman to bludgeon to use the get them back into line.

If she can get Walker to start barking at her, those $’s and votes will flood her way and that will help starve her DNC challengers while they are still young, poor, and the most vulnerable.

    Janelle in reply to MJN1957. | September 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Interesting theory……makes sense.

    Lefties are the anti-science crowd, rejecting facts and reality for their fanciful narratives. That being the case, Hillary may think that Walker is an excellent opponent who will energize the pro-union mobs, but it ignores the reality that the guy has pounded them into the dirt in Wisconsin and very well may be equipped to export the butt hurt to the rest of the nation.

    Who knows the mind of the criminally insane?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to MJN1957. | September 11, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    MJN1957, I agree. The Dem want to boost Walker.
    Simple case of misdirection.

“Hillary (She) was borned with a silver suppository up her butt!”

A Bumper sticker just waiting to be printed.

Koch Brothers…slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch…it never gets old! Koch Brothers rule!

Sammy Finkelman | September 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

What gives?

A big part of it is that Democrats are beholden to Big Labor. And there is no one who hates Scott Walker more than Big Labor

Hillary is looking for support, and by making Scott Walker a bog enemy, she can get, or hopes to keep, a lot of help in her campaign.

It’s not really Scott Walker, it’s the idea of what he did.

This is actually separate from Scott Walker as a presidenmtial candidate.

The rat takes the cheese
The rat takes the cheese
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The rat takes the cheese.

Plain and simple: Hillary lashed out at Walker because she was in Wisconsin.

I think she is just playing to the local Comintern herd. If she were in NJ it would be Christie.

Reads like graeme zielinski was working her like a sock puppet. Did she try on a Cudahy accent while she was in town?

This is about two things – Clinton is in Wisconsin where Governor Walker is hated among Democrats, so of course she goes after Walker hard. But this is also, perhaps more so, about AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s recent declaration that he is not aligning the union with Clinton and his support remains up for grabs. Hillary needs the support of the largest federation of labor unions more than she needs the Dem vote in Wisconsin, but she assuages both with her attacks on Walker.

    In Wisconsin, I would distinguish between Democratic party organizers and nominal Democratic voters.

    He won that recall election, and that had to have been with the help of a bunch of nominal Democratic voters, including a union member, or three. So, I don’t see her remarks playing all that well with the majority voters of Wisconsin. He is their guy, implementing their policies.

On the “momentum” thing – remember the dead campaigns of McCain in ’07, Kerry in ’03, Romney in ’11? Remember the high flyers five months before the first vote like Muskie ’71, Teddy K in ’79, Hart ’87, Dean ’03, Giuliani ’07, and Cain ’11?

You are playing the left/media’s game by concentrating on the polls and the “horse race” tactics instead of issues. That’s how they divert attention from the crazy ideas on the left – ideas embraced in many cases by our alleged frontrunner.

Stop, please. It’s enough of a circus already.

I would be thrilled to vote for Scott Walker for President.

He is a successful governor who has dealt with the worst the dirty tricks wing of the Democratic Party could throw at him.

I think that, if nominated, he will win. If he is President, he will serve capably in office, and demand ethical behavior from all levels of the executive branch.

    Barry in reply to Valerie. | September 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    “If he is President, he will serve capably in office…”

    Agreed, he would be a good president. I just don’t see how he gets there from here, short of catastrophic changes in the political landscape.

Eastwood Ravine | September 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

I’m not surprised, but I do think the Clinton campaign is trying to get inside conservatives’ heads. A little bit of psyops if you will.

The other point is what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin and what he could do as President is an existential threat to Democrats, particularly Hillary, because her most loyal supporters are current or (not willingly) former union workers and bosses. Because of this second point, bringing up Scott Walker is a cynical way to drive donations to her campaign, not to mention to cauterize the bleeding. Wasn’t there a poll this week that showed her support in the rust belt bleeding out? That’s what this is about.

Just heard that Rick Perry is out. One down…

    Ragspierre in reply to Amy in FL. | September 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Too bad, too. Perry is a class act, as opposed to some left in the fray. Still, he will be a factor in the coming days, and in the next administration of any conservative.

    Bet on it.

      Eastwood Ravine in reply to Ragspierre. | September 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Definitely Rags. In a perfect world, Perry would be among the front runners, if not THE front runner, given his successful governorship. If a Republican wins in 2016 it is a virtual certainty that Perry will be in a major Cabinet position. It’s even possible he could be the Veep on the ticket, but not likely. Given Perry’s experience as a governor of a border state with one of the best economies in the world, he could be much more than just Secretary of the Interior.

        I’d rather see him in a cabinet position than as VP, mainly because I think it’s a better use of his experience and proven talent. I agree with both you & Rags in hoping that this isn’t the last we hear of him.

        Unfortunately, a big chunk of the Republican base has utterly rejected the idea that a record of conservative and responsible governance is a good indicator of what someone would do with presidential power.

        Instead, they prefer the big (if inconsistent) promises of a blustering braggart — promises that have never been tested in the realm of practical governance.

        They’re so enamored of the blustering braggart that they’ll ascribe to him whatever policy positions they prefer, even if they’re not actually the braggart’s positions.

        And the fans are utterly resistant to any evidence that their hero-worship may be misplaced.

          We have elected Republicans on the state level that have been successful like Perry and Walker. Also for those charmed by Trump’s bussiness deals, Snyder was a “tough nerd” in Michigan, a successful businessman who is also a Republican governor of a blue state. He also signed right to work legislation. Perhaps he should be drafted.

Hillary might have to worry about her union support vs Trump (at least private sector union). Of both parties, Only Trump is talking about all of those bad-for unions “free trade” deals.

    Eastwood Ravine in reply to rotten. | September 11, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I see you got voted down a couple times but you make a point. I’m originally from a factory town, I still have friends that are union or formerly union. Not all of them vote knee-jerk for Democrats.

    Whatever his faults are as a candidate, Trump’s economic and immigration plans strongly appeal to the working class. If Trump could become a more disciplined, more tactful candidate (even if by only a few degrees) he could assemble similar to Reagan. If he garners even half of the level of black and Hispanic support that was polled recently, there’s no way a Democrat beats him. It would be the first time since the 80s that there would that level of a presidential election landslide.

“Given Perry’s experience as a governor of a border state with one of the best economies in the world, he could be much more than just Secretary of the Interior.”

With Texas’ record of job creation, I’d suggest Perry for Secretary of Commerce. And just for funsies, Walker for Secretary of Labor…visions of heads exploding all over the Democratic landscape!

“Leadership means fighting for the people you represent.”

Apparently Hillary believes that government officials are supposed to “represent” only those citizens who are on the public payroll.

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