The Case for Scott Walker
The race for the Republican nomination has started. It is vital that Republicans nominate a conservative leader who will use Republican political strength to implement a peaceful, lawful, but revolutionary change in the way Washington does business.
Establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney do not see the need for radical change and do not have the rhetorical skills to make the case for such change. Moreover, RINO nominees have proven electoral poison in presidential elections. Scott Walker offers the best chance to win the general election and then to use a Republican Congress to transform American government.
Consider first electability. In every single presidential election in the last thirty years, Wisconsin has given the Republican candidate a smaller percentage of the popular vote than that candidate received nationally. It is a tough state for Republicans, particularly conservative Republicans, to do well in.
Scott Walker has won virtually every election, including those elections involving his surrogates in statewide judicial or legislative recall elections, since 2010. The governor has been able to consistently persuade voters in a blue state to stick with his program, despite a ferocious and sustained attack from the left.
This puts Scott Walker in a unique position. Several Republican “moderates” have won elections in blue states and Republican conservatives have won elections in red states, but only Walker has been able to win as an unapologetic conservative in an undeniably blue state. Moreover, Scott Walker is the only governor in American history to survive a recall election, and this in blue Wisconsin.
The contrast is stark. Except for Walker, only two clear conservatives who have won statewide races in states that are not red are Santorum, who lost very badly in Pennsylvania in his 2006 re-election race, and Rubio, who won with a minority of the vote in purple Florida in his only statewide run.
Candidate Walker would carry his home state of Wisconsin, and he would understand how to connect with voters in neighboring swing states like Iowa and Ohio, and perhaps even put states like Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois in play. Walker, who has won eleven straight electoral contests, certainly looks like he could win in 2016.
That, of course, is only half the battle. Across the board, on social issues as well as economic issues, Scott Walker is a conservative, but could he stay true to his conservative values? The pressure on any incoming Republican president to “moderate” his views will be intense. Would President Walker resist these attacks? Everything suggests that he would. Think about all the machinations and threats that the left has used to try to thwart Scott Walker.
After the 2010 election, which not only made Walker governor, but gave Republicans control of the Wisconsin legislature, Democrat state legislators fled to Chicago to try to prevent a quorum. Then public employee union thugs swarmed the capitol. The left tried to unseat a sitting Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, Prosser, and failed. Recall elections challenged not only Walker, but members of both houses of the Wisconsin legislature and Walker’s lieutenant governor. And, of course, the left tried all it could to defeat Walker in 2014.
None of this has intimidated Governor Walker at all. Not only has he proven personally courageous against the attacks from the left on him and on his family – some of these threatened more than just political injury – but, critically, Walker has been able to lead other Republican elected officials in Wisconsin – which is precisely what a Republican president will have to do after the 2016 election if we are going to transform the nation.
Electability, conservatism, and political courage are what we need, and Governor Walker has proven at a relatively young age to possess all those qualities with really no serious doubts. If we nominate him, we will know exactly what we will be getting – all that is good news indeed.