Governor Scott Walker So Boxed In He Can’t Make Presidential Endorsement
This tells us a lot about the political minefield that Governor Scott Walker has created for himself.
There is no way that someone like Governor Walker would not want to be out making an endorsement, and showing his leadership capabilities prior to a contentious Wisconsin presidential primary. After all, Walker fashions himself as a leader of the conservatives, and clearly thinks he has national potential for the party. However this year, after a combative series of battles with state residents and public unions Walker has been forced to stay quiet and apart from the national race for president.
I would think that one of the highlights of being governor would be to share the stage and national press attention that comes with a Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum campaigning in the state. Being part of the national drama, and partaking in the biggest political game of them all must be truly electric. Not to have the chance to do that must be a real kick in the pants.
I wonder if Governor Walker yet understands none of this had to play out as it has this past year in Wisconsin. This past weekend Walker could have been on the Romney bus making his introductions for the next presidential nominee instead of setting on the sidelines.
I really wonder what Walker thinks about these days when left alone to contemplate state politics. I am sincere about this. I wonder if he regrets how he handled the issues and presented them to the state? I wonder if he feels angry about not being with the national candidates as they cross around the state hunting for voters?
Polls show that the recall will be so close that Walker can’t risk alienating even a few Republican voters by endorsing one presidential hopeful over the others, said Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee professor of government affairs and former Democratic state lawmaker.
“Walker has no margin of error,” said Lee, pointing to polls that indicate the recall may be as close as the April 2011 state Supreme Court race that was decided by about 7,000 votes out of 1.5 million. “For Walker there is absolutely no self-benefit to endorsing anyone. He’s already a hero to every Republican. Walker hurts himself if he endorses any individual candidate.”