Can anything salvage Scott Walker's campaign?
Scott Walker is coming out with a new initiative! He wants to make it illegal for federal workers to unionize. It's a good proposal, because union dues are often used for political purposes. In effect, taxpayer money is used to promote candidates who vote to give more taxpayer money to the big public-sector unions. Walker's proposal would end that. And to his credit, he is the only candidate who has brought forth this idea so far.
However, his proposal, while bold, hardly comes in a policy area that is exactly central in most voters minds. Sure, conservatives would love to de-unionize the federal government, but that is not on their top list of priorities. It almost looks as though Walker is still in the mindset of campaigning for state office, where this kind of issue has more prominence. Walker, who is at 2% in some national polls, is trying to resuscitate his flailing campaign with attention-grabbing proposals. But he picked a rather obscure topic to focus on.
The question is, at this point, is there anything Walker can do to revive his campaign? He's become such a parody of himself that when asked a simple policy question, like on birthright citizenship, he becomes like Elmer Fudd, ruminating, "Which way should I go, which way should I go?" with multiple positions within the space of days.
I think if he has any chance, he has to come out with a bold proposal for a subject Americans care about. Here are four ideas:
1) He could pledge that if Iran doesn't agree to a fully verifiable halt in its nuclear activities, that he will use military force to destroy their reactors and ICBMs.
2) He could support a flat tax, or better yet, the elimination of the income tax and replacement with a national sales tax.
3) He could top Trump on immigration, promising to deport all illegals and not let any return, not even the "good ones," since, as all of them have broken the law, there are really no "good ones."
4) He could support the elimination of several cabinet agencies like Energy, Labor, Education, and Veterans Affairs (replacing the lattermost with vouchers so veterans could buy private insurance).
Any of these moves, if proposed and not quickly rescinded or otherwise modified, might be able to put Walker back in the race. Or maybe not. Perhaps the trust factor for him has run down so far that nothing can help him.
What do you think?
This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.