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Scott Walker Still Topic Of Discussion As New Week Starts

February 23, 2015

The analysis and blow-back from Scott Walker’s statements (or lack of statements) last week regarding offshoots of what former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said continues as a new week starts.  Continued talk about how Walker’s inabilities to deal with simple questions and the impact this has on serious donors who want a general election candidate who can win is striking to hear being discussed.

There were countless and easy ways that the questions asked of Walker could have been dealt with that would have removed the issue and allowed for the learner message that Walkers wants to impart to others to better resonate.

But by being coy and attempting to dodge and hedge means only that Walker has proven unable to be nimble on his feet when dealing with national reporters.  In so doing he allowed for his messaging to be undermined by his own actions.  Large donors take note of such things.

Few issues fire up a good chunk of conservatives more than personal attacks against President Obama. At the same time, these attacks also turn off swing voters and minorities that the Republican Party is trying to court. And this is the situation that Scott Walker now finds himself in, after refusing 1) to comment on Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that Barack Obama doesn’t love his country, and 2) declining to weigh in on whether Obama is a Christian. Notable conservatives have cheered Walker’s rhetoric (see Erick Erickson here) and blasted the media for asking these types of questions. (What was the point of asking Walker about Obama and Christianity? That’s what many conservatives and Walker defenders are asking. It only feeds their skepticism of the MSM press.) Yet other conservative writers, like Matt Lewis, argue that this rhetoric is only going to alienate other voters. “In their minds, Walker is some sort of folk hero for providing that inept answer. But I can assure you, that’s not how the majority of Americans (who aren’t conservative activists on Twitter) will see it,” Lewis contends. (After all, just look at the career trajectories of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann). What’s more, as Democrat Robert Gibbs said on “Meet the Press” yesterday, if you’re stirring up controversies on the EASY questions, think what happens when they become HARDER as a presidential candidate. Here’s the thing about playing with fire: Sometimes you frighten your opposition by doing something they couldn’t do — or ever dream to do. Other times, you get burned.

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