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Ron Radosh

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December 2, 2013 - 8:22 am

At The New Republic,  Nate Cohn makes the case that of all GOP potential candidates for the presidency in 2016, only Scott Walker has the ability to unite all the factions in the current conservative movement:

There’s another potentially unifying mainline conservative, though, and he lurks in Madison. Scott Walker, the battle-hardened governor of Wisconsin, is the candidate that the factional candidates should fear. Not only does he seem poised to run—he released a book last week—but he possesses the tools and positions necessary to unite the traditional Republican coalition and marginalize its discontents.

Walker has the irreproachable conservative credentials necessary to appease the Tea Party, and he speaks the language of the religious right. But he has the tone, temperament, and record of a capable and responsible establishment figure. That, combined with Walker’s record as a reformist union-buster, will appeal to the party’s donor base and appease the influential business wing. Walker’s experience as an effective but conservative blue state governor makes him a credible presidential candidate, not just a vessel for the conservative message.

Remember, you read a similar assessment of Walker’s potential here last week! PJ Media gets you the news earlier and keeps you abreast of what’s important.

Ronald Radosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, and a Prof. Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is the author or co-author of 14 books.

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I would hate to count anyone out due to gender or race and I'd hate to give someone points only for gender or race. That said...
Nikki Hailey combines strong leadership and good conservative principles with ethnic background and gender that will make the "white men only" party label a lot harder to use.
On his own merits, Governor Walker is a good candidate. So was Governor Romney and so was Governor Pawlenty. We could use some higher charisma in the next round -- and I hate saying that because charisma got us what we have now.
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"he possesses the tools and positions necessary to unite the traditional Republican coalition and marginalize its discontents..."

I'm one of the "discontents", and certainly don't want to be "marginalized".

Either Walker can unite the whole Republican Party, or he can't. If he can't, then he will still have a very difficult time winning the election.
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Walker looks good at this stage but what's this about "appease the Tea Party".

For decades "appease" was a word applied to, oh to name a few, Nazi Germany, the USSR, Red China, North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Now we see it applied to the Tea Party.

Mull on that one for a while.
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May be on to something. My Progressive friends up in Madison are in a constant lather about everything he does. They are already writing blog screeds against any presidential run.
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