If you’ve ever wondered how someone who wants to be President could screw it up royally, take a look at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s playbook. (I’m not sure he knows that the Koch brothers can’t buy enough votes to get him into the White House).
Walker is about to sign his state’s budget, and here are the highlights from Think Progress:
…a repeal of wage protections for construction workers on local government projects…the elimination of workers’ right to one day off per week…loosened regulations over payday lenders
…a provision to expedite approval for a tar sands pipeline that would bisect the state
…eliminate the state’s long-standing living wage law and replaces all references to a “living wage” with “minimum wage
Like I said, kissing his own ass goodbye. Don’t get me wrong, this attempt to decimate of the poor and middle class is nirvana to the Republican Party’s money men, but that’s about as far as it will go. As the Washington Post reported in 2014:
When it comes to the issues, voters prefer Democrats on nearly everything — including the minimum wage… Forty-nine percent of registered voters think Democrats align more with their views on minimum wage than Republicans.
In fact, Scott Walker has had a pretty embarrassing start out of the 2016 gate with his own party. He bungled a foreign policy question, “punted” on an evolution question at a London think tank (How the hell this putz gained access to a think tank I’ll never understand, unless he was an unwitting test subject), went Romneyesque with his flip-flops on immigration, and claimed his Wisconsin National Guard command as Governor was proof of “national security experience“.
The Washington Examiner, a conservative cheer leading rag writes:
Walker will have to reach beyond his record [yes, they consider his record a good one] to compete… on the issues and present himself to voters as a potential president.
It’s not clear whether Walker’s problem is temporary or longer lasting. Part of the difficulty is that he has found himself far ahead of where he thought he would be at this stage in the race, and is thus under a much hotter spotlight than he might have imagined.
Yeah, like being expected to have an idea or two.
Not that any of this will matter in the end; if there’s one thing Conservatives will never understand, it’s that most of their candidates only connect with their bitter, hateful, base of dupes.
That’s just not enough to get them elected anymore.