Walker turned to Donald Trump – the 2016 candidate whose political fortunes have risen as Walker’s have cratered – and delivered his carefully prepared zing payload. “We don’t need an apprentice in the White House,” Walker said, “we have one right now.”
It was a reference to Donald Trump’s former show, “The Apprentice,” but Walker seemed to be under the impression that the “apprentice” referenced in the show’s title was Trump. That’s not how the show worked; Donald Trump was not “The Apprentice.” The joke made no sense. A few people in the audience laughed, probably because they’re idiots who laugh at anything. Jeb Bush, standing between Walker and Trump, paused for a moment to work out what Walker was getting at, then offered a sympathetic nod and closed-lip “good job, good effort” smile. The canned line had flopped, and Trump remained wholly un-zung.
But Walker was nearly inaudible in his remarks, the fault of too-weak speakers in the tailgate tent. It didn’t matter much anyway: it quickly became apparent that many of the hundreds of attendees who had packed into and around the tent, sponsored by the Iowa GOP, couldn’t see the main stage, and thought — and hoped — they were watching Trump instead.
“We want Trump! We want Trump!” chanted a pocket of students to Walker’s left as he spoke.
On his right, as Walker wrapped up, a woman warned a group of people who were pushing toward the front to calm down. Trump, she said, wasn’t here yet.
His day didn’t get any better when he wended his way through the crowd after the speech — he faced tough, skeptical questioning from several voters over teacher pay, ethanol and global poverty. One voter mistook him for Marco Rubio.
“He’s a nonserious carnival act,” Jindal said in a speech at the National Press Club. “Here’s the truth about Trump that we all know, but have been afraid to say. Donald Trump is shallow. Has no understanding of policy. He’s full of bluster but has no substance. He lacks the intellectual curiosity to even learn.”
Go ahead. Try to imitate Trump. What do you find yourself doing? Not just the “jazz hands,” but don’t you push out your chest and jiggle along with your over emphatic words? Mixed in, there’s the super-macho scowling, pushed out lower lip, and gruff voice — screaming overcompensation.
As Walker targets Trump supporters, he appears to mimic the colorful billionaire.
Lemons, lemonade: GOP chairman does the best he can with the position he has –
Mr. Walker has appeared to suffer the most from Mr. Trump’s rise. Since May, the percentage of Republicans who say they wouldn’t consider supporting the Wisconsin governor has more than doubled, to nearly a quarter of the primary electorate, according to a Vox Populi survey commissioned by the GOP polling firm TargetPoint.
In the face of declining poll numbers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker jumped on the bandwagon, declaring that he too would dismantle the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” Even GOP presidential candidates who personally benefitted from birthright citizenship joined in. Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal, both of whom are American citizens despite being born to non-citizen parents, called for restricting the program.
How these candidates would undo 117 years of precedent is unclear: they would either have to amend the constitution, or appoint activist U.S. Supreme Court justices willing to reverse the 1898 court decision that found the constitution guaranteed citizenship to all children born in the United States.The American Legislative Exchange Council, or “ALEC,” adopted the same policy in a 2008 resolution.
“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…
Because his appeal is to sentiment and not reason, it’s just about impossible to argue with a Trumpkin. They have as little patience with reality as he does. They seem to believe that Putin will swoon before the Donald’s faux Alpha Male persona. He’ll do things that no one else can or will do because … well … just because.
Via Fox News Poll.
Pot, kettle —
“I may disagree with someone, but I will always be respectful to people and I will never use the kind of language that you’ve heard out of him and some of the candidates out there,” Walker said.
At least three recent polls show Walker trailing Trump in the Hawkeye State. Two of them were conducted after the debate in Cleveland last week, at which Walker’s performance got mixed reviews.
“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.”
“Last night, I dreamed that I was talking to someone about Trump. I was expressing what seemed to be rather interesting theories, none of which I can remember now, probably because there were no actual theories in the dream, but only the perception that I was explaining an interesting theory. And then I look over…
Let’s see the transcripts! I won’t say that all candidates should always show us the transcript, but there is special reason to make this demand of Trump….