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As to the prospects for replicating this nationally, Walker knows that whoever becomes the GOP’s nominee has to win the same Obama-Walker voters as in Wisconsin. That means Reagan Democrats — the white working class, and those who are “independent, reform-minded voters.” After all, these non-partisan voters want change, and they will support the type of candidate from either party who can offer them a better future. Given that liberal Democrats are the true reactionaries, trying to turn back the clock to follow Woodrow Wilson’s statist path, a solidly conservative Republican who has come up with real answers to the problems of this era can win.

As Walker writes, this means a “reform agenda that is hopeful and optimistic,” not one based on government-run entitlements in which the technocrats of the corporate state make the decisions that impact our lives, as is the case with the current ObamaCare disaster. Walker writes:

The way Republicans can win those in the middle is not by abandoning their principles. To the contrary, the courage to stand on principle is what these voters respect. The way to win the center is to lead.

That’s why those arguing that conservatives have to “moderate” their views if they want to appeal to the country are so wrong. If our principles were the problem, then why are so many Republican governors winning elections by campaigning on them? Since Barack Obama took office in 2009, the GOP has gone from controlling both the legislature and governor’s mansion in nine states to 23 states today. Not one sitting Republican governor has lost a general election since 2007.

Obviously, Walker is seriously considering whether or not he should enter the race. It is clear, however, that he believes a good candidate cannot come from the Senate or the House, with the exception, as he said in his speech, of his friend and fellow Wisconsinite, Paul Ryan.  Walker notes that the divisive fights in Washington over things like the fiscal cliff and the shutdown are different from fights in the states. Here, he writes, Republicans “focus on improving education, caring for the poor, reforming government, lowering taxes, fixing entitlements, reducing dependency, improving health care, and creating jobs and opportunity for the unemployed.” 

So is Walker, or someone else, more easily able to win the country and appeal to the vital bloc of independents? Some would say that he is too  low-key and not charismatic, and that he cannot create the kind of enthusiasm that many of Senator Ted Cruz’s supporters have for him. Others argue that someone like John Kasich might have more of a chance, and would be a stronger candidate. And in the discussion at AEI, Marc Thiessen doubted that if Ryan decided to be a nominee Walker would go up against him. Robert Costa, however, disagreed, and thought he would not attack Ryan in any debates, but merely stay in and try to make the case for himself.

Having seen Walker in the flesh, I, like so many others, cannot help but be very, very impressed. He is a solid and decent family man who has a core set of beliefs he affirms and boldly stands for. He knows how to talk to voters, even those who differ with him. They may disagree, but they respect him for his beliefs and know that he will fight for them. I’m sure Scott Walker has not as yet decided what he will do, but I hope he does enter the race.

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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.
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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.
35 weeks ago
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The second coming of Tim Pawlenty. I'm so excited.
35 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.
35 weeks ago
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ventura first choice ,walker second choice , walker has better chance
35 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.
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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.
35 weeks ago
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So, do you plan to help the communists by sitting it out or voting third party?
35 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.
35 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.
35 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/
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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.
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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.
35 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.
35 weeks ago
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The deal is, fool, that you guys can't elect anyone!
35 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.
34 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.
35 weeks ago
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Let the wails of "He's a RINO." begin.
35 weeks ago
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This is what trolling has become. RINO trolling.
35 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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