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Walker: A Candidate At A Crossroads?

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on December 14, 2009

Charlie Sykes, Scott Walker’s unofficial campaign spokesperson, proudly announced that James Klauser has now endorsed Walker for the Republican candidate for governor.

At first, I thought it no big deal.

But as I was going through the comment thread on Syke’s post, something caught my eye. There was a comment by a Calvin, who is the rabid right winger Calvin Freiburger, who wrote:

James Klauser, aka Tommy’s brain, is no conservative! He has always been a RINO since his days with Tommy. They never met a project too big to cut. Scott will have a decision to make in the coming months; whether he is on the side of the Tea-baggers or the Republican establishment. These are mutually exclusive positions and if you believe they aren’t then you are not a Real Conservative!

That is when I realized that Walker is quickly approaching a crossroads in his perpetual campaign for governor.

On one hand, he could follow the path of his mentors, George W. Bush and TOMMY! Thompson. He could follow through with a path that he already has been following, as I pointed out here and here. The similarities include:

  • Feeding the public a repeated line that had not even a kernel of truth to it, in order to cover up their inadequacies,
  • Cronyism,
  • Gross hypocrisy,
  • Ignoring the needs of the people in favor of hanging out with fellow elitists,
  • Gross mismanagement.
  • Hiring incompetents (see Cronyism), and
  • Failure to follow through with almost all promises.

On the other hand, he could follow the path of those that call themselves the “True Conservatives.” These are the teabaggers, the birthers, racists and other general assorted nuts that aren’t as much into conservatism as they are into feeding into reckless and paranoid rumors. He has already tied himself into this crowd as well, having attended a local tea party this past summer.

Walker might think he’s going to unite the two sides, but that isn’t a very savvy thing to believe. One only has to look back to the last few months and the race for Congress in New York. Doug Hoffman, the ultraconservative candidate forced out the Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, who in turn endorsed the Democratic candidate. The Democrat, Bill Owens, went on to win while the right were busy attacking each other.

If Walker wants to have a chance at winning, he will have to pick one side or the other, because the two just don’t play, much less work, well together. Combine the need to be a referee for the two sides, as well as the damage control he will need to due when his 2010 budget actually kicks in and people are being hurt by the lack of services, like snow plowing or mental health services, as well as his own bumblings that he has a propensity for, and you have the perfect storm for Walker.

On second thought, I hope Walker does carry on as he is. That will make it all the easier for a responsible candidate, like Tom Barrett, gets into office in 2010.


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