In our opinion, the first major candidate of the 2016 election season steps down.
While you were livin’ the high-life and making plans, something continued to move around you. What, life? No, American politics! This is ‘The Rundown.’ What is ‘The Rundown’ you ask? Other than a terrific action-comedy starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Stifler from ‘American Pie’, it’s our unique breakdown of major news stories that are currently hitting the political scene. In this edition we talk about the early exit of Scott Walker from the GOP primaries.
Could Have Been a Contender
The two reactions we had when hearing Scott Walker was suspending his campaign was 1) this is why you don’t procrastinate to put up morning content in the afternoon and 2) one of the major candidates coming into 2016 just got knocked out in the first round!
In our ill-fated guide to the GOP debates, we put Walker in the same company as Jeb Bush and Donald Trump as leaders of the pack. While yes, to make such a broad presumption now sounds ridiculous, but at the time it wasn’t so farfetched. Before donors started jumping ship and Donald Trump dropped his version of Revolver on an unsuspecting GOP primary (more on that in a bit), Walker had all the qualities of being a contender – name recognition, he had big money supporters, vocal following, ect – though his campaign couldn’t put it all together.
It’s hard to say what exactly sunk him in the end. The potent cocktail of money troubles, bad debate performances, campaign donors losing faith, and slumping poll numbers would kill any campaign. But we should all keep this in mind during the 2016 primaries; if an unceremonious exit can happen to a candidate like Scott Walker, it can happen to anyone.
No, Say How You REALLY Feel…
#ScottWalker is still a disgrace, just no longer national.
— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) September 21, 2015
For some background, Richard Trumka is the president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), it’s the largest federation of union groups in the nation.
I said at the time to people who wrote that Walker would lose because he fired me that that was bullshit and silly. — Liz Mair (@LizMair) September 21, 2015
The other tweet is from Liz Mair, a staffer that Scott Walker hired for a day and then fired because I guess she said some mean things about Iowa. No, we’re not joking. She looks to be over it though.
But I also feared that the reasons behind his firing of me would be the ultimate causes of his demise. Now that appears to be true.
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) September 21, 2015
You’ve Been Trumped!
Early on, many had looked at Scott Walker as the candidate that would bring the Republicans together in 2016, bridging the gap between those in the Republican establishment and those that sided with the Tea Party. Walker had the conservative credentials as well as the financial backing to make this happen. He looked to be in position to make some noise in 2016!
But then this happened.
Donald Trump was the tsunami and Walker’s presidential aspirations were a small unsuspecting coastal fishing village. It never stood a chance.
Trump, for better or worse, fundamentally changed the conversations taking place within the GOP. The primary race suddenly became conversations on policies that could never be enacted (ie unauthorized immigration reform w/ a wall upgrade) and tough takin’ political rhetoric. In this new environment, Walker wasn’t looked at as someone who could unite the GOP, but just another “suit” that the GOP establishment shuffled-out. Suddenly, Walker was a man without a country. Not “authentic” enough to be a GOP outsider (Trump, Carson, Fiorina), but not connected enough to have the backing of the Republican establishment (Bush, Rubio).
Scott Walker was a casualty of the New World Order that Trump had created. Also Walker won’t be the first casualty, there will be others like Chris Christie and Rand Paul who also fall into that conservative no man’s land that Walker found himself in. While we still hold to the idea that Trump won’t win the primaries – because much like your mother told you, only have trysts with a “bad boy” like Donald Trump, but settle down with that nice boy Jeb – it’s hard to deny Trump’s stamp on the 2016 primaries. He has brought an element of volatility and unpredictability to the GOP primaries that could not have been foreseen.
Just ask Scott Walker.
(Photo Credit: scottwalker Instagram, Twitter, Google Images)