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TNR’s Caption: “Scott Walker is So Hot Right Now. Too bad he owes his success to a toxic strain of racial politics.”

In that case, any whites who vote differently than African-Americans, most of whom are solidly and predictably Democrats, are also racists. What this proves is that when push comes to shove, the Left’s answer to conservative solutions advocated by men like Scott Walker is to condemn the conservative as a racist. Oh yes, he also cites e-mails written by an anonymous person that included a racist joke, which Walker’s chief of staff forwarded to someone. He adds that Walker fired two of his staff for making offensive comments. He does not add the obvious: this act alone shows that Walker is not racist, and got rid of staff members who he thought were.

Walker’s other offense is that he regularly was in touch with the two talk-radio hosts who were on his side, shared e-mails with Sykes, and has appeared on his and Belling’s radio programs. And, horror of horrors, Walker’s speaks in a nasal tone, made worse when he spoke at Wisconsin’s Republican convention because he had a cold, and gave a “pedestrian” speech which the author acknowledges the crowd loved. Walker, he says, thinks he is ready for the national scene. MacGillis’ conclusion: he is not, and cannot get the necessary votes “beyond the same shrinking pool of voters that Romney drew on.”

So a man who managed to stand up to scores of disorderly and extremely vocal and angry protestors, went to work pushing to his office through the hundreds who took up every public space in the state’s capitol building, and was calm throughout — this man supposedly cannot stand up to the attacks that would be brought against him were he to be nominated, and he cannot get the votes of people who are independent or not aligned with either political party.

Macgillis also mocks Walker’s religious beliefs. He chides Walker for at times comparing himself to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, “noting that they were both sons of Baptist ministers,” and that Walker told his college yearbook “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.” Secularists may find that off-putting and silly, but for one who is a serious believer, it does not appear that way.

And Martin Luther King Jr. developed his motivation for activism from his own belief in religious precepts, something that does not occur to Macgillis, and if it did, he would never mock it.

Even more egregious than Macgillis’ article are the captions in the accompanying photos. One shows a young school photo of Walker, captioned: “The future Republican darling in high school.” Another says he has “been ensconced in a bubble of adulation,” clearly contradicted by Walker’s full knowledge of the fury of his opponents.

Whether or not Scott Walker runs will not be determined by TNR’s hit job. It will depend on whether or not Walker wins re-election in November’s gubernatorial race, and by whether his win, if it occurs, is by a high margin. Then, should he decide to enter the race, he will indeed be a formidable challenger to the other Republican contenders. Should he win over the competition, he would be a strong Republican nominee who could also pose a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton.