FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, July 13, 2015 – Scott Walker has a lot to talk about.
The newest Republican presidential candidate could talk about social issues on the campaign trail. The Wisconsin Governor is an evangelical Christian and staunch social conservative.
He could talk about the global threats America faces. He has zero qualms about calling out radical Islam by name.
He could talk about cutting taxes, reducing regulations, creating jobs and growing Wisconsin’s economy. He has successfully done all of those things.
All of that will take a back seat. Scott Walker is a rock star hero to conservatives and more despised than ISIS to the angry left.
Scott Walker broke the unions.
The weakest of critics desperate to find a flaw will invent some fictional charisma deficit. Between New York and California is supposed to be boring flyover country. Isn’t every white Midwestern governor the same person?
Such liberal condescension will not change the facts. Scott Walker broke the unions.
President Ronald Reagan won two landslide elections four years apart. Scott Walker won three decisive elections in four years.
Scott Walker broke the unions. They threw everything they had at him, and they got crushed.
They bullied. They vandalized the state Capitol. They physically threatened state legislators. They tried to oust Walker. They tried to oust his lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch. They tried to oust state Supreme Court judges. They tried to shut the state and its governor down.
They failed. Wisconsin is now a right to work state. Wisconsin is now open for business. All the rioters in Madison huffed and puffed and in the end surrendered.
Walker even took on the teachers unions. He ended state guaranteed tenure for teachers. The college professors complained, only to have Walker suggest they spend more time in the classroom and less time trying to get rich doing research. Teachers are not used to politicians telling them to teach.
The unions breathed fire until they were all burnt out. Republican governors got elected in deep blue Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts by vowing to follow the Scott Walker model.
Walker did have a built in advantage of a friendly legislature. Nevertheless, he made the most of it.
Every leftist attack on him only endears him more to conservatives. Yet he really is the Joe Six-pack blue collar guy moderates can respect.
He has a sense of humor. When the rival Minnesota Vikings used a Wisconsin firm to build part of their new stadium, Walker autograph one of the bricks “Go (Green Bay) Packers!” The brick was thrown out, but Walker saves his toughest bricks for his political opposition.
Walker and his loving wife Tonette receive many death threats. Even their children have been threatened. Such is life when unions do not get their way. Despite needing a vigilant security detail, Walker is very accessible and connects quite well with everyday voters.
Walker will have a tough fight on his hands to win the GOP nomination, but one thing Walker does not fear is a fight.
Scott Walker broke the unions.