“During the debate Walker did present himself with more energy and willingness to engage and not wait to be called on to lend his perspective to the issues at hand. But he seemed unable to step into issues with any depth or sureness over what he was talking about. There was once again an over reliance on using the time-tested lines from the campaign stops to be offered up as responses.”
Simi Valley, Calif. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker needed a breakout performance in Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, but he had a problem:
In the three-hour forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, he was asked just three questions.
“Short of tackling someone, I don’t know what more I could have done,” Walker told reporters after the debate. “I aggressively interrupted (CNN moderator) Jake Tapper a bunch of times along the way and short of an absolute brawl, I don’t know what more one could do.”
Scott Walker: He had a good first 10 minutes with his “apprentice” line. But he faded after that. It was like the football team that immediately delivered on the trick play it had been practicing, but then showed little else for the rest of the game.
Bader’s advice for Walker in tonight’s debate. Good luck with that –
“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.”
“The case for Walker is that he’s principled, if uncharismatic. The case against him is that he’s doctrinaire and unpersonable. Megyn Kelly’s question, “Are you too extreme?” gave Walker the opportunity to reveal a more nuanced, thoughtful, compassionate side. Such a self-revelation might have inspired party leaders to think, “Here’s our best back-up plan if…
But the overall impression he gave in his first outing was of a lightweight, someone not comfortable enough with his own knowledge and experience base to really engage with the issues, much less his immediate opponents.
In terms of substance, Walker offered TV viewers a glimpse of his foreign policy hawkishness and his religious faith.
In terms of style, he delivered a safe, quiet performance that kept him above the fray but also on the sidelines for long stretches.
Via 2012 Tom Barrett on Scott Walker, right to work: 'Mark my words, he'll sign it' @ JS All Politics Blog.
Via Where In The World Is Joe Sanfelippo? @ Cognitive Dissidence.
Via In Ryan v Zerban, Whose Idea Was a Debate Without Rebuttals? @ Rock Netroots.