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Wis. kid is GOP's sudden White House star
NY Post ^ | February 22, 2011 | John Podhoretz

Posted on 02/24/2011 2:59:45 AM PST by Scanian

For months now, Republicans have turned to each other and said, "Who's the candidate?"

President Obama is vulnerable in 2012, clearly, but you can't beat something with nothing, and right now, the GOP field looks pretty much like . . . nothing.

Who'll have the stature to compete? Thanks to those Democratic lawmakers fleeing Wisconsin and Indiana to frustrate the democratic process they swore an oath to uphold, we may have an answer.

They, and the demonstrators screaming about the governors seeking cuts in the absurdly generous benefits granted to public-sector workers, have created a national stage on which a new and dynamic candidate can emerge.

The governors (and perhaps the House members) who are taking on these battles are fighting the fight of the GOP future, and one of them now seems certain to take the mantle of 2012.

Judging from his extraordinarily effective speech last night, that governor could be Wisconsin's Scott Walker.

For a week, Walker's wilder opponents have dared to compare him to Hitler and Mubarak. The man who delivered last night's "fireside chat" sounded serious, reasonable, and anything but incendiary.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: candidate; democrats; governors; podhoretz; walker; wisconsinshowdown
I am posting this not because I agree with promoting Walker for a presidential run but just the opposite---I'm starting to get bugged when every time a Republican politician does something good, the media---and some FReepers also--want to depict him/her as a presidential candidate.

It looks like some desperate conservative desire to find a candidate RIGHT NOW. It appears that some GOPers and conservatives are absolutely starved for leadership.

Anybody else tired of rushing the selection process? I'm looking forward to a lively primary season when the cream will rise to the top.

Why rush things?

1 posted on 02/24/2011 2:59:49 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

2012 is too early for these new Governors. One or more of them will emerge for 2016 and I think the guy to watch will be Kasich of Ohio.


2 posted on 02/24/2011 3:02:21 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Scanian

>> -want to depict him/her as a presidential candidate.

Yeah, it’s kinda’ gay.


3 posted on 02/24/2011 3:03:43 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Scanian
I am posting this not because I agree with promoting Walker for a presidential run but just the opposite---I'm starting to get bugged when every time a Republican politician does something good, the media---and some FReepers also--want to depict him/her as a presidential candidate.

Nice to see someone else who doesn't think that we should be anointing people to the Oval Office merely based on one or two months in office.

4 posted on 02/24/2011 3:03:57 AM PST by K-Stater
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To: Scanian

It’s a desperate media thing to find the R candidate right now so they can start destroying him (or her.)


5 posted on 02/24/2011 3:04:20 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, Paradise Lost)
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To: K-Stater
anointing people to the Oval Office merely based on one or two months in office.

The current state of politics is have the brains behind the scene and an actor on stage that knows their lines, or can at least reasonably read them off a teleprompter and smile and attend parties. Someone either has acting talent and charisma or they don't. It isn't the length of time in office, but the ease of winning elections following the script. We're dealing with an American Idol electorate, and running a rich old white war hero isn't going to cut it anymore.

6 posted on 02/24/2011 3:34:24 AM PST by Reeses
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To: Scanian

I must agree with you.


7 posted on 02/24/2011 3:37:29 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Thank you.


8 posted on 02/24/2011 3:40:05 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

8 years of Palin, then in 2020 Walker will be ready to run


9 posted on 02/24/2011 3:52:58 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Let’s hope we already have our guy or gal in the WH by 2016, but you’re right. It’s too soon for this apparently wonderful new crop.


10 posted on 02/24/2011 3:54:40 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Scanian

Conservatives just want a leader who will say what they believe and follow through.
So far Walker is doing just that.
Very few pubbies have a set of nads and will stand up for those beliefs.


11 posted on 02/24/2011 3:55:44 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: 9YearLurker

I hate to say it, guys, but “too soon” is not determined by when we think they’re ripe. It’s determined by the need. Running 50 percent borrowed budgets is, at best, about a three year cycle. Things are coming down quickly.


12 posted on 02/24/2011 3:57:07 AM PST by Mason
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To: Scanian

Not only that, but we want Walker around here for a long time if he continues as he is. There’s a lot of work to be done in this state!


13 posted on 02/24/2011 3:57:13 AM PST by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Reeses

“anointing people to the Oval Office merely based on one or two months in office.”

If we’re honest about it, Obama was anointed to the Oval Office based on one convention speech. What had he ACCOMPLISHED as a state senator in Illinois (beside holding the record for most “present” votes)? What had he ACCOMPLISHED in the U.S. Senate before tossing his hat into the ring? Where was his track record of extensive successful experience as either a leader or manager of a large organization? Nada, nada, nada.


14 posted on 02/24/2011 4:11:46 AM PST by DrC
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To: Scanian; cripplecreek
I am posting this not because I agree with promoting Walker for a presidential run but just the opposite---I'm starting to get bugged when every time a Republican politician does something good, the media---and some FReepers also--want to depict him/her as a presidential candidate.

THANK YOU!!!

I think Cripplecreek said it best on another "DRAFT SCOTT WALKER!" thread; "I’ll keep my panties on for now thank you."

I've grown sick of seeing this sort of stuff. I mean, I don't blame people for hungering for a truly conservative candidate to step forward. We all want that. I just think we need to continue to offer support, promote conservatism, and observe potential candidates and see how they hold up under the trial of time.

God bless Scott Walker, he's doing what needs to be done for the very survival of Wisconsin. Once he's served a few years and shown what a great leader he will be if some day in the distant future he decides to rise to a higher calling than governor.

However along the lines of Cripplecreek's comments, I'll keep my panties on for now.

ROTFLMAO!!!

Anyway, who wants to jump on a bandwagon only to find later it has 3 flat tires and always did? Let's go with who we know is conservative and continue to support our rising stars in the mean time.

15 posted on 02/24/2011 4:18:48 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Scanian

When a truly Conservative candidate steps up, the RINO’s in the Republican Party will do their best to tear him/her down.

We have already seen it. They have their minds made up that Republicans are going to back Romneycare or Huckabee, or Gingrich, anyone else is going to be attacked by their own party.


16 posted on 02/24/2011 4:29:51 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Mason

If you think the vote in ‘12 is going to a Republican whose highest office into ‘11 was the Milwaukee county executive, you’re sadly deluded.


17 posted on 02/24/2011 4:36:32 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Scanian

Who’ll have the stature to compete?

Anyone 2 feet tall has the stature to compete with the idiot that is currently in the White House


18 posted on 02/24/2011 4:42:17 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Venturer

That’s a good point...some of the rah-rah being created for “new faces” in the conservative wing of the GOP might just be a way to get them in the public eye so the RINOs can undercut them before they can become too successful.

I might be paranoid but I think a lot of the nit-picking we see directed at conservatives here on FR comes straight from the Romney people.


19 posted on 02/24/2011 4:43:39 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Caipirabob

We definitely see eye-to-eye on this.


20 posted on 02/24/2011 4:45:33 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Caipirabob

I don’t expect any candidate to be perfect but I do expect them to earn the candidacy based on more than one issue of the moment.

Here in Michigan Rick Snyder has sparked a fight with the public unions but that doesn’t mean he should be president. In fact he’s quite liberal on most social issues.


21 posted on 02/24/2011 4:49:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Ladysmith

Indeed! WI and several such states need to keep their solid conservative governors for a while.

All the best to him and WI!


22 posted on 02/24/2011 4:51:59 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

I like Walker a lot. But come on. This guy was a county councilor (or something) last year at this time... and a year later into the White House? I don’t think so.

Let him govern for 4-8 years and then run. He’s only 43. He’d be 51 (very young) after two terms.


23 posted on 02/24/2011 5:02:53 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: nhwingut

Very good idea.

After Obozo, the public is going to want a little more experience next time. (not that more experience would help 0-—he will just become more scheming, corrupt, bigoted, and anti-American with every passing year)


24 posted on 02/24/2011 5:10:11 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Kasich of Ohio? You mean the governor who campaigned on collective bargaining reform and saw his own GOP majority leader in the state senate cave like a house of cards to the minority liberals on the very bill that Kasich campaigned on? That Kasich? He can’t even keep the spine in his own majority leader stiff. How would he stand up to national pressure.

Maybe he can tab Indiana’s Mitch Daniels as his veep candidate - the Bluster and Wimpy Worm ticket.


25 posted on 02/24/2011 5:27:38 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (At DiDi's Used Guns, if we can't kill it, it's immortal - DiDi Snavely, Proprietor)
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To: Scanian

I don’t think Walker wants to run for President but if we need a good candidate, he’s a viable future candidate... assuming he can win the showdown with the public unions in Wisconsin.


26 posted on 02/24/2011 5:39:35 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: DrC

Obama served just one Senate term, he had no prior executive experience and before that he served in the IL legislature. Its hard to argue Walker is inexperienced. He served as the Milkwaukee County chief executive before he was elected Governor.


27 posted on 02/24/2011 5:42:29 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Right now, I’d place him in the “strong bench” category.

I wouldn’t mind him being in primary debates-—could be useful to conservatism. But I don’t see him taking the step for ‘12.


28 posted on 02/24/2011 5:45:50 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Please no one take the bait. Ignore.


29 posted on 02/24/2011 5:46:37 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Scanian

The common theme of those that are popular right now

are those that have the guts to

STAND UP TO THE LEFT.

We’re sick and tired of letting them bully us,
and getting called “racist” or some such when we call them on it.


30 posted on 02/24/2011 5:48:09 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: MrB

Democrat vocabulary:

Racist
Islamophobe
Xenophobe
Truther
Birther
Fringer
R.W.Extremist
Hatemonger
Quitter
Any more?


31 posted on 02/24/2011 5:55:09 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

They all amount to the same thing -

“we can’t logically argue with you on the issues, so we’re going to name-call and make you shut up”


32 posted on 02/24/2011 6:01:35 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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