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Is Scott Walker the GOP's Sleeper Presidential Candidate?
National Journal ^ | June 17, 2013 | Beth Reinhard

Posted on 06/17/2013 6:02:28 AM PDT by libstripper

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker polls near the bottom of would-be presidential contenders. Unlike potential rivals, you won't find him on the cover of Time magazine or slow-jamming the news with comedian Jimmy Fallon.

But he's a conservative Republican who won election in a blue state, survived a brutal recall campaign, and now posts approval ratings over 50 percent. A budget-slashing chief executive and son of a Baptist minister who straddles the fiscal and social conservative camps. A proven fundraiser who has put his thumb in the eye of President Obama and Big Labor.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2016election; 2016gopprimary; walker; walker2016
So far Walker hasn't gotten himself involved with any political Tar Babies and has done a really great job of advancing the cause. Given the terrific recall battle he fought and won with the unions and DemonCraps, it's also hard to see how he could have any damaging dirty laundry that hasn't come out. He's my guy right now.
1 posted on 06/17/2013 6:02:28 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

We need to replace the current “karl rove” GOP.

This means, we need numbers of qualified, inspired alternatives.

We need all the tea party gang to start testing out their wings.

America needs help. Now.


2 posted on 06/17/2013 6:04:18 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: libstripper

He isn’t vetted on the bedeviling issues. Just because he avoided them doesn’t pass the test of where does he stand. Look what some people THOUGHT about Paul Ryan and look how that has turned out the more issue events unfold and the more we find out where he’s trying to go.

Reince Prebus? I don’t think we knew a whole lot about him, before he became RNC Chair, did we?


3 posted on 06/17/2013 6:06:07 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

What the hell is a Reince Prebus ?


4 posted on 06/17/2013 6:10:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: libstripper; mickie
Although I love 'em both ideologically, Walker has the same problem as Sarah Palin....neither emits the "gravitas" of a president and a world leader, unfortunately.

Leni

5 posted on 06/17/2013 6:11:33 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: txrangerette

He’s doing fine in Wisconsin and needs to keep doing it in Wisconsin for a few more years.


6 posted on 06/17/2013 6:11:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: txrangerette
That's why I said, "He's my guy right now." Los of vetting to be done before any final decision.
7 posted on 06/17/2013 6:12:31 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper
it's also hard to see how he could have any damaging dirty laundry that hasn't come out.

It doesn't have to exist... the left will invent it, making the election all about Walker defending himself.

8 posted on 06/17/2013 6:12:59 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: cripplecreek

And let him stay there!


9 posted on 06/17/2013 6:13:20 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: libstripper
I forgot about him ... I like him too.

But, will he leave a successful governorship to tackle presidential campaigning/politics?

We sure need a fighter right now.

10 posted on 06/17/2013 6:14:05 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: EinNYC

He’s running virtually unopposed so it would be foolish to take him out of office now.


11 posted on 06/17/2013 6:15:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: libstripper

There is no way the GOPe would let Walker, Palin, Cruz or any other Conservative get the nomination.


12 posted on 06/17/2013 6:15:57 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: libstripper

From what I know *now* about Walker, I’d enthusiastically support him.

The problem with these promising governors from blue states is, we tend to find out nasty things about them as time goes on. They turn out to be gun grabbers, baby killers, fag lovers, etc.

Ref: Chris Christie. I applauded him when he was battling the teachers in NJ. I liked his no-BS straight talking style. I thought he had national potential. But knowing what I know now I wouldn’t let that fat SOB clean my toilet, let alone run my country.

Back to Walker: I’m afraid he won’t make the initial cut for the silliest of reasons: he has no college education. *I* don’t care... *you* don’t care... and considering our “success rate” with ivy-league-educated bozos like Odingo, you’d think we’d view Walker’s lack of “formal” education as a PLUS.

But I GUARANTEE you that if he gets past square one, this IS the cudgel with which the MSM will beat him mercilessly into non-contention. Hide and watch.

FRegards


13 posted on 06/17/2013 6:16:45 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

>> What the hell is a Reince Prebus ?

It’s an STD. :-)


14 posted on 06/17/2013 6:18:52 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I think it’s one of those new hybrid cars.


15 posted on 06/17/2013 6:19:07 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: anoldafvet

The only thing the GOPe hate more than liberals are conservatives. The second one of them announces their candidacy, the usual suspects will begin bringing up reasons why they “can’t possibly win”.

Chris Christie is the anointed one. He’s been “chosen” by the Bushes, Roves and other GOPe’s. Anyone who dares challenge their decision will be shot at with both barrels.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 6:20:15 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
What the hell is a Reince Prebus?

A Clairol product???

17 posted on 06/17/2013 6:21:33 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"What the hell is a Reince Prebus?"

It's like a normal prebus, only smaller.

18 posted on 06/17/2013 6:21:51 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: libstripper

If Walker is that good you can be sure of one thing: that the GOP will be too stupid to nominate him.


19 posted on 06/17/2013 6:23:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MinuteGal

“neither emits the “gravitas” of a president and a world leader”

Look where gravitas has got us. I’ll take a “gravitas-less” Palin or Walker any day.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 6:27:48 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Mr. President, can you hear a special prosecutor now?)
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To: anoldafvet

BINGO! Post of the day.


21 posted on 06/17/2013 6:40:07 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: billorites

What the hell is a Reince Prebus?”

It’s like a normal prebus, only smaller.
_______________________

Reince Teeensy


22 posted on 06/17/2013 6:42:12 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Rennes Templar
Look where gravitas has got us. I’ll take a “gravitas-less” Palin or Walker any day.

That's a sure loser. I think most independents vote for whoever looks the smartest.

23 posted on 06/17/2013 6:49:21 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: libstripper

Our next president needs to know how to wield and axe.

He needs to lead the Tea Party and Republican members to a dismantling of our government.

We should be left with about 25% of what we have today on the government payroll.

We need to get off our citizens and businesses backs.

Anything else, and we are just caretakers for the American Left.


24 posted on 06/17/2013 6:55:29 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: Chickensoup

It’s an after shampoo rinse for your Yugo.


25 posted on 06/17/2013 6:56:53 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: DoughtyOne

It’s an after shampoo rinse for your Yugo.

__________________

old joke:

Why are there rear window defrosters on Yugos?

Handwarmers while you push.


26 posted on 06/17/2013 6:59:01 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: libstripper

I’m not here to talk down Walker. I admired the way he handled himself in his home state. It was inspiring.

The problem is, ruling the nation is a lot different than ruling a state. There is a whole new set of problems. Sadly those problems do flesh out the winners and the losers.

A person can look great when it comes to a few issues in his home state, and then look terrible when it comes to the issues that face the nation.

I may or may not be able to support Walker for President as we move into the future. I’ll have to wait and see.

I do know right now, I don’t want another Bush anywhere near the helm of our nation. The RNC can go —— itself if it dares try put one of them into the oval office again.

Frankly, the Republican party leadership has all but destroyed the party in my eyes.

The GOPe is something I despise.


27 posted on 06/17/2013 7:02:53 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: libstripper

What is known about Walker other than his successful fights against unreasonable union demands and state spending? People thought Chris Cristi was great while he bashed the unions in NJ.

More information is needed. Would it be shocking if, on other issues, he is very similar to Paul Ryan and Reince Prebus?


28 posted on 06/17/2013 7:05:00 AM PDT by Will88
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To: libstripper
Walker will continue to be burdened with an excess of RINOs ~ remember Wisconsin is only recently emerging from the leftwingtard swamps, and although Ryan and Priebus might seem conservative by Wisconsin standards, they just don't cut it on the national stage ~ and, in 2012, both lost big time!~

If we want to win we need to provide the Republican voters with red meat Conservatives. No more RINOs. No more mamby pambies.

29 posted on 06/17/2013 7:05:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Chickensoup

LOL

You know, it’s very therapeutic to have an object like the Yugo around to denigrate.

That was funny.

I used to love the polock jokes. I never connected the label ‘polock’ to the polish. The jokes were just hilarious. It was like you were using a widget name like moron. Then PC took over and we couldn’t have that any longer.


30 posted on 06/17/2013 7:06:40 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: DoughtyOne

The only candidate want for President is Sarah Palin. She has been vetted by the media, the GOPe hate her and she has said or done nothing that makes me think of her other than a true Conservative candidate.

I am not even sure about Ted Cruz.


31 posted on 06/17/2013 7:13:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You got that right!


32 posted on 06/17/2013 7:14:54 AM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Yep, we need to run a conservative... and quit taking ‘advice’ from liberals.

Liberals run the most liberal person they can find and get their based fired up.

They tell us not to offend... meaning that the more conservative the more offensive. That’s sooooo insulting. And our idiots in Washington - the McCain types believe it because it’s how they feel too.

Time to show them how we can win ... by running a real conservative.


33 posted on 06/17/2013 7:17:02 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“What the hell is a Reince Prebus”

It’s the new high end front loader washing machine from Whirlpool.


34 posted on 06/17/2013 7:19:06 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Rennes Templar; mickie; flaglady47
I put "gravitas" in quotes because of the joke the word became in the first "W" election when the Rats claimed Bush lacked "gravitas".

But, in reality, and like it or not, there IS weight put on the word by the political molders of public opinion....plus the handlers and managers of political candidates.

It's said that both Cheney and Gore were put on tickets as veep candidates to lend a little "mature" weight, experience and "gravitas" to their respective presidential nominees.

In the history of the relative handful of important feminine world leaders and would-be world leaders, powerful women such as Margaret Thatcher, Gold Meir and Indira Gandhi benefitted from the perception of having "gravitas".....Hillary Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin, Angela Merkel....not so much.

Nothing in a personal sense for or against any of these individuals or historical figures, just analyzing the word "gravitas".....plus commenting on the ways of the world when its citizens weigh the traits and personalities of leaders they want to support or not support.....and, like it or not, the much-maligned word "gravitas" DOES enter into countless deliberations of whom to vote for.

Leni

35 posted on 06/17/2013 7:19:26 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: DoughtyOne

Then PC took over and we couldn’t have that any longer.

agreed!


36 posted on 06/17/2013 7:24:17 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: headstamp 2

““What the hell is a Reince Prebus””

Fords entry into the electric car market?


37 posted on 06/17/2013 7:30:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

lol


38 posted on 06/17/2013 7:31:37 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: libstripper

Does Walker consider himself akin to the Tea Party? He doesn’t appeal much to me yet although he is a fighter......and the right needs one in a bad bad way.


39 posted on 06/17/2013 7:33:45 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: txrangerette
He isn’t vetted on the bedeviling issues.

You're right, but IMHO he gets lots of bonus points for
IMPLEMENTING
conservatism, especially after defeating a highly focused liberal opposition in a purple state.

As best as we know, he is everything Sarah Palin is, but Walker has been battle tested on policy rather than personal issues.

40 posted on 06/17/2013 7:38:24 AM PDT by kidd
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To: libstripper

If they had trouble with Sarah Palin’s degree from the University of Idaho, the media and left will go nuts over the fact Walker hasn’t completed his undergraduate degree. Just sayin.


41 posted on 06/17/2013 8:08:36 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Thanks. I wish I was as convinced of that as you and others are.


42 posted on 06/17/2013 8:29:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: Chickensoup

Thanks Chickensoup.


43 posted on 06/17/2013 8:31:55 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: libstripper

I thought Scott Walker didn’t sleep. He has accomplished a bunch.


44 posted on 06/17/2013 9:04:12 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: libstripper
The GOP-E would NEVER promote a Conservative. If Walker sells out (like Rubio), THEN he may have a shot at being the Candidate.

Otherwise, it's just another RINO like Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan that will lead the Ticket.

45 posted on 06/17/2013 10:17:24 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: traditional1

I presume Walker has sold out.

A few weeks ago, Scoot Walker came to Iowa for a fundraiser for he and Iowa Gov. Branstad. The national GOPe spokespeople cranked up an EXPLOSION of fawning over Walker, falsely claiming Iowans were clamoring for him as a presidential candidate.

That kind of hype doesn’t happen spontaneously and wasn’t organized by anyone connected with the TEA Party.


46 posted on 06/17/2013 10:27:03 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: libstripper
In the Republican Party there are no Sleeper cndidates. Jeb Bush has been selected as the "next in line" because "it's his turn." The Republican nomination in 2016 is irrelevant to Conservatives. Conservatives and the Republic will lơse the election. If Conservatives do not have the cojones to form another party to replace the Republican Party then there is no political future for conservatives and onstitutional principles. I believe that politically active conservatives do not have the requisite cojones, grit, or what have you. We have become a socialist European Bureaucracatic system moving deliberately and rapidly to Bureaucratic Totalism.
47 posted on 06/17/2013 11:48:33 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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