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Ron Radosh

This week I attended the lecture by Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin at the American Enterprise Institute. (You can watch the video here. ) After he was through, a discussion was held by National Review political journalist Robert Costa and Weekly Standard reporter Steve Hayes; it was moderated by Walker’s co-author, Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen.

The mainstream media has practically anointed Gov. Chris Christie the GOP frontrunner for the most likely candidate to win a national election in 2016. Christie was featured on the cover of Time, and appeared on virtually every TV Sunday talk show following his New Jersey victory. Despite serious questions about his ability to transfer his East Coast win to the Midwest and Southern GOP primaries, and the question of whether or not his aggressive New York-Jersey “in your face style” will play elsewhere, the media and many pundits have acted as if the question of who will get the Republican nomination is all but over.

Those who have looked no further than Christie many years before an actual candidate will be chosen should take a deep breath and reconsider. They should, especially, take a good close look at Governor Walker. Listening to him and talking to him briefly after his speech, I was struck how down to earth he is. Scott Walker is the opposite of a striving, somewhat phony politician. He comes off as a regular guy, a man of principle who believes in the concept of public service, a man who is serious, thoughtful, and anything but the caricature of a sleazy politician in it for power. Moreover, he is solidly middle-class. No one can brand him the way that Mitt Romney was — as a candidate of the super-rich who disdains and scorns the 47 percent.

Indeed, Walker said during his talk that while he has great respect for Romney and thinks he would have made a great president, he thinks the former governor was shortsighted not to stress that conservatives favor an opportunity society in which those on the bottom rungs have the ability and the encouragement to move into a better place for themselves and their children — just as working-class people and poor immigrants have done in America’s past.

Walker, I believe, is a potential candidate who has the ability to bridge the gap between the Tea Party and regular Republicans, emphasizing what all conservatives agree upon and helping to create a conservative majority and a center-right nation. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Walker spelled out some of the same themes he addressed in his speech.

He emphasizes that conservatives do not have to compromise their principles to win or take a supposedly wise turn to the center in order to gain a victory. No one, as Thiessen said, can accuse Walker of being the kind of man who gives up his principles to score votes, or who cannot stand firm under great pressure.

Remember all those TV reports during the siege by the Left of the Wisconsin State Capitol before the recall vote in Wisconsin? Thiessen was there, and reported how the unruly mobs — thugs in fact — were banging on Walker’s door trying to break in, and doing everything possible to prevent the governor from conducting business. Not only did he remain calm and proceed to do his job, he stood firm against the teachers’ union. When they agreed to give in some on pensions and contributions to their health care if  Walker gave in on compulsory dues checkoff, Walker held firm. As we all know, he won and was victorious in the recall election despite a huge campaign against him and massive rallies of the Left’s troops.

Moreover, as Walker points out, 11% of Wisconsin’s voters voted for both him and Barack Obama! That, as he writes, means that one of nine voters who voted for him in the recall election planned to vote for Obama a few months later. To put it as boldly as possible: liberal Obama supporters voted for an outspoken conservative who did not moderate his position to gain their votes! Walker adds that recent polls reveal that 11% of the people in  Wisconsin still support him and Obama.

Governing as a “conservative reformer” — advocating the path suggested by Senator Mike Lee in his recent National Review article and elsewhere — Walker has had major success. People expected the sky to fall after he won election, given the dire predictions made by his opposition. Instead, they found jobs were saved, the schools have not suffered, and he reformed collective bargaining in the public sector against tremendous odds. A $3.6 billion deficit was turned into a $760 million surplus, and in addition, Walker was able to cut taxes as well.

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Walker wouldn't be my first choice as Republican nominee in 2016, but he's certainly no RINO. There's no way I'll vote for Christie as a Republican candidate, but provided Walker passes muster with the NRA, I'd have no problem supporting him in 2016. Walker is a genuine social and fiscal conservative, who, unlike Christie, doesn't stoop to currying favor with the Left to get elected in a divided sate.
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Self-made persons used to be admired. Some of us still admire them. In today's world of PhDs in Gender Studies not having a college degree is a great advantage. One is not burdened by that great, huge backpack full of librul twaddle and misinformation. PhDs are for college professors, not for the real world of politics or business.
I would gladly vote for Walker. He is no community organizer. He courageously tamed a crazy union and is a winner of elections. He is also very good on his feet.
38 weeks ago
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"Walker lacks a college degree. This may (and maybe should) destroy his candidacy. No matter ones view of this, it will be used against him."

Gee whiz! If only he had a law degree from Harvard then he would make a great candidate ...... right? Or maybe he should have allegedly "studied" at Occidental and Columbia like a good Marxist and then we would really have someone with intelligence that we could trust! Couple all that education with a non-record of public service while voting "present" and we would have an electoral dynamo. That's what we really need. Otherwise he's surely a loser.

If he is nominated EVERYTHING real or imagined will be used against him. No college degree. So what?

Gimme a break.
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Walker is no republican as Reagan explains.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHXJr8tqP0
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I am from NJ, and right now my # 1 candidate in '16 would be Gov. Walker (along with Ted Cruz). Walker needs to run for the presidency because his country and party need him to. He's too valuable and rare (smart, capable and proven) of a leader to sit on the sidelines. America needs to him to run.
38 weeks ago
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The second coming of Tim Pawlenty. I'm so excited.
38 weeks ago
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I want Walker's name in the hat. I really want Dr Carson's name in it because I can't see him losing a general election. But, Walker is solidly my second choice.
38 weeks ago
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ventura first choice ,walker second choice , walker has better chance
38 weeks ago
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Scott Walker got a donation from me when I found out how much the unions hated him during the recall attempt. From what I've seen since it was a good investment. I would have no problem going to the polls to vote for him.

What would please me no end would be to see a Walker/Cruz or a Cruz/Walker ticket being offered. I would be the first in line! I'm not so sure on Paul Ryan but I wouldn't mind voting for him if he's chosen. On the other hand if they offer up Christie.... Yeah, I'll vote but it will be another hold your nose and pull the lever time.
38 weeks ago
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I won't be voting for any Republican unless he/she will fight the Marxists tooth and nail, on every front, including obamacare and immigration.

Not even going to listen for a second to the electability sham.

That automatically eliminates Crispy Creme. Walker is still in play, but won't be if he doesn't fight on every front 24x7.

We've tried the surrender monkeys, and they don't work.

Period.
38 weeks ago
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So, do you plan to help the communists by sitting it out or voting third party?
38 weeks ago
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I plan on not being suckered into your game anymore.

We have candidates who can win. I'll be voting for them.
38 weeks ago
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Sounds like a self-fulfilling strategy. Won't vote because you would feel bad- so it's all about your feelings. To hell with the fate of the nation. Same juvenile mentality as your garden-variety liberal. Probably just a ringer here to suppress the vote. The shoe sure fits.
38 weeks ago
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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

We've heard your status quo arguments for decades now, and it got us Obama twice, Reid, Pelosi, McCain, Boehner, Mitchell and the whole pack of liars and the destruction of the country. Thanks for your efforts. You either got what you wanted or like millions of others have been for too long, you are a sucker without a memory.

No more.

Either BushDoleMcCainRomneyChristie will lose by a much larger margin next time, or the country will be saved. The choice is beyond clear.

PS: you can't do anything about it either, because millions who pissed their votes away for the idiot Republicans for decades are not going to do it again.

Either a real conservative will be nominated or the Republican party will disappear/
38 weeks ago
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So, genius, tell us what you think a "real conservative" is. Most of you who style yourselves "true conservatives" here aren't conservative at all as that word has political meaning. You're mostly radical revanchists who want to "restore" some mostly mythical small government system, a system of government that really hasn't existed in this country since the 1820s when the federal government began to be involved in internal improvements in the states, and certainly hasn't existed since the end of the Civil War and the Reconstruction Amendments.

At least among Americans older than forty or so there is still considerable resistance to outright socialism of the sort Comrade Obama and ilk push, but the vast majority of Americans do support federal involvement in all sorts of things. So many self-styled "true conservatives" see Sarah Palin as some sort of small government conservative darling, but Alaska is a socialist state with pretty much a command economy and she was a part of an enormous increase in the State's budget in her meager two years as governor, dramatically increased taxes, primarily with Democrat support, on our fundamental industry and revenue source, oil, and led an initiative to have the State take an equity position in building a natural gas pipeline and provide significant funding to a private company, a Canadian one at that, to develop the project which in the unlikely event it is ever built will be the most expensive construction project in history. Somehow, I think some of these words like conservative don't mean what you think they do.
38 weeks ago
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So what's your problem Art?

If you like the Federal government involved in practically everything, just keep voting for the Democrats or Republicans and you'll get your big, fat, expensive government. And eventually it will get so big, corrupt, greedy, and unwieldy that it will collapse like all socialist monstrosities.

Then, the real conservatives will pick up the pieces and start over.
38 weeks ago
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A conservative is somebody who cares more about Constitutional principles than maintaining his position at the feeding trough. And somebody who doesn't give Obama a big ole bear hug in the middle of a presidential campaign.

But stay with your guys. They are great at losing elections while maintaining their sinecures in DC. That should put some change in your pocket as well. If I was cynical, I'd say that it's almost like that's the plan.

The only problem with the plan, is that we are going to evict the entire corrupt crew over the next few election cycles. We're onto the game, and the electability con isn't going to work any more.
38 weeks ago
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The deal is, fool, that you guys can't elect anyone!
38 weeks ago
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I seem to recall a guy by the name of Reagan we managed to elect..........
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Oh, you mean the Ronald Reagan whose immigration policy was to the left of every "RINO" going now? The fanatic right's misunderstanding of Ronald Reagan is as enormous as its misunderstanding of American politics in general. The thrust of the exchanges here is truly preposterous. Walker is a consensus conservative Republican who took on public employee unions, not the universe. He opposed the nutty government shutdown that set back conservatism at a point where it could have advanced. There is no possibility he will ally with Ted Cruz, as someone up above fantasizes, and is far more likely to ally with Christie, who I expect will best him and all others in the primaries to come, should Walker join in. I hope he does, however, because he will then help to split the Tea Party so badly not a one of their radicals will get through.
37 weeks ago
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Of course I'd vote for Scott (actually ABH) in the general, but I don't think he's the best debater and campaigner the GOP has.
38 weeks ago
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Let the wails of "He's a RINO." begin.
38 weeks ago
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This is what trolling has become. RINO trolling.
38 weeks ago
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Walker wouldn't be my first choice as Republican nominee in 2016, but he's certainly no RINO. There's no way I'll vote for Christie as a Republican candidate, but provided Walker passes muster with the NRA, I'd have no problem supporting him in 2016. Walker is a genuine social and fiscal conservative, who, unlike Christie, doesn't stoop to currying favor with the Left to get elected in a divided sate.
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