Back last winter when all the people who get paid a lot of money to write about such things were predicting that Scott Walker would ride to the GOP nomination like a tsunami, wiping out all the other competitors, I couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. Sure, he had a record in Wisconsin of winning against the odds — a right-winger in a nominally blue state — and when he railroaded through the devastation of the public sector unions and withstood the recall, he seemed on the surface to present a strong case for being a political force… until I listened to him actually speak on the stump and actually present his ideas. And that’s when I knew it would never happen.
Hindsight is 20-20, etc., but for the life of me I can’t figure out what anyone saw in him that said he was ready for the national stage. He couldn’t articulate a clear message, he used horrible examples to make his case (being a Boy Scout leader was great schooling for being Commander in Chief, let’s build a wall to keep out Canadians), and he just doesn’t have the stage presence to make himself heard above the rest of the crowd, and that was before Donald Trump did his Godzilla number. It was like having Garrison Keillor be the ringmaster for Cirque de Soleil.
I suppose this is the cue for the other people who are pulling less than 1% in the race to re-evaluate their situation (Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki) and find something else to do — like their real job — but most of them are too embarrassed to admit that if they left the race, no one would notice they were gone.