Monday, September 21, 2015

Walker: Leading, Following, and Getting out of the Way

The Man from ALEC is going back to Walkerstan because he has been called to drop out of the 2016 Presidential race by God, and more likely the donors, saying:
“I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same, so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner,” Mr. Walker said in the short appearance, at which he took no questions. “This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and, more importantly, to the future of our country.”
So it seems like all at once, he is simultaneously following in the polls, hoping to lead a pack of "never-gonna-get-its" out of the race, and getting out of the way so a "positive conservative contender" can clearly emerge.

I have to say, nothing so becomes Walker in the entirety of his campaign like his leaving it. He never caught on, I would say, specifically because the persona of reality TV celebrity Trump forced the other candidates to also try crafting personas or working on their gimmicks, like wrestlers going into a Battle Royale. Walker's persona remained elusive--there was no "there" to hang a campaign on. Bowing out with .05% poll numbers is pretty bad, but if he can save face by starting an "Anyone But Trump" movement, that at least is face-saving.

There are some questions though--clearly, throwing his .05% interest at any candidate isn't such a big ol' help to them. And can you convince flop-sweaty oddballs like Rick Santorum, who wants to do away with the State Department because diplomacy is apparent too gay for him, or Mike Huckabee, who seems like he's had the mask pulled off his cheery jocular normal guy character to reveal he was, like, a really homophobic creep all this time, that they just aren't going to win, so they should let--

Jeb Bush win?

Seems like a big order.

And of course, who will be the next "coulda been" to Walker away?

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