Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Never Had A Chance

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.

7 barks and woofs on “Never Had A Chance

  1. But the brothers Koch were backing him – isn’t that enough to signal that he was the anointed one? But as you know, grifters gotta grift, and so those who are still distantly in the ‘race’ will continue to raise money, even though the Trumpmentum is still strong, with little sign of weakening soon.

  2. And so if we winnow down to the “Real” GOP potential winners who’s left? Who among them looks like a President or talks like one or has ideas worthy of one? Hmmm? Houston, we have a problem.

  3. My impression of Walker was always that he was like that kid we all knew in high school, the one who was lacking in all areas…smarts, personality, athletic ability…but who thought if he just memorized some ideas, some plays, some jokes…no one would notice. There never was any “Scott” there…he just tossed out others canned ideas and when pressed couldn’t even defend them because he never really understood them…they just sounded good, and people applauded when he mouthed them.

  4. Walker had a lapdog state media, especially the right wing talk radio in what are known as the WOW counties around Milwaukee, a ton of out-of-state money, and a state Democratic party that couldn’t find it’s ass with both hands and a flashlight. (Bartlett loses so you put him up against Walker a second time?)

  5. “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.”

    The same could probably be said for almost the entire GOTea field this time around, but the “establishment” subset most of all. The best performers are the sort that would make Barnum proud; the rest are trainwrecks waiting to happen. I forget who suggested it, but somewhere I read a comment that Trump is doing so well in part because he is spouting “I know I can win” while the rest are bleating “waah waah oppression waah Obummer waah religulous liberty waah”. Whining about how bad things are, and not offering an attractive vision to change what’s wrong, isn’t going to motivate voters; confidence and a vision (no matter how warped, so long as it’s pretty) will. Scott definitely fell into the whiner camp.

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