But (Sheldon) Adelson is also said to be conflicted about the various potential Trump-slayers. Scott Walker, despite intensive lobbying efforts, is viewed by many close to Adelson as insufficiently serious about Israel and foreign policy. (“Look, he’s the governor of Wisconsin,” says Morton Klein, the president of the Adelson-backed Zionist Organization of America. “He knows about cheese and cutting pensions.”)
“Bob Vander Plaats, a key Iowa social conservative who is yet to endorse a candidate, recalls a conversation during the heady days of Walker’s rise. “One of his people called me,” he says, “and said how excited they were, and I said ‘I don’t wanna douse your excitement, but I don’t think you want to…
Past tense –
If you have to ask the question –
“In other words, nothing “happened” to Walker. His weaknesses as a national candidate were there for all to see, but most Republicans preferred not to see them until Walker made them impossible to ignore. Many of his fans assumed that Walker’s poor grasp of foreign policy issues would be remedied over time, but instead he has just adopted the most hard-line positions he could find with no sign that he has thought seriously about any of them. It is often said that he has been hurt most by Trump’s presence in the race, but that is mostly because he has responded to Trump’s challenge in the most ham-fisted and clumsy way possible.”
Around the time the violinists start playing Nearer My God to Thee –
“….when Walker runs against Democrats, he is, as he likes to say, “Unintimidated.” But when he sees a Republican sneaking up to siphon away his voters, he’s like an elephant seeing a mouse.
As a presidential candidate, Walker was never as good as his early polling suggested, and he isn’t nearly as bad as his recent numbers show. But if he wants to revive his chances, he’s going to have to remind people of the Walker who showed backbone in the face of substantial public backlash.
It often seems as if we’ll find the Milwaukee Lion before we find that Walker again — and by then, it may be too late. Unfortunately for Walker, revealing his true self will take another image makeover — one that at this point, the public may not buy.
“But Walker blithely followed along, as if he did not notice it was a leap into the abyss. Either he lacks the judgment and policy smarts to steer clear of nonsense, or he is so desperate to win Iowa he is willing to go along with Trump’s foolishness. Other than panic, it is hard to…
“And on an episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013, Trump listened to a story about contestant Brande Roderick, an actress and former Playmate, and picked up on one line. “Excuse me, you dropped to your knees?” he asked Roderick. “Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”
“Gov. Walker should have known better than to hire Brad Dayspring, the worst GOP anti-conservative hit man in Washington,” Bozell wrote in a statement released Wednesday. “ Brad Dayspring has a despicable record using character assassination to besmirch the reputations of conservative candidates and public policy leaders. He’s paid to do the ugly work of…
Wisconsin budget still unresolved —
More than any of his potential rivals for the White House, Mr. Walker, 47, is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who have spent years preparing the road for a politician who could successfully present their arguments for small government to a broader constituency. Via Behind…
“Today, every state offers at least some sort of tax incentive for businesses,” according to the article by Jackson Brainerd, a research analyst for the National Council of State Legislatures. “Yet, despite lawmakers’ enthusiasm for corporation-specific incentives, many economists, experts and other observers, from the left to the right, doubt they are an efficient use…
How bad is it? Well, Rep. Rob Brooks of Saukville (a Republican) called it a “crap budget.” His words, not mine. I just said it was probably written on a napkin. Via Did Walker scribble the state budget on a napkin? @ Jessica McBride OnMilwaukee.
“To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.” –Oakeshott Via Conservatism…