Does Scott Walker Now Feel Donald Trump Is Good Fit For Republican Party?
I understand that politicians often give political answers to the questions they are asked. Many times ones needs to replay what an elected official says when trying to make sense of what might have been meant.
But try as I might there is no way for me to discover precisely what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker meant when he fielded a question about Donald Trump’s chances of winning the Badger State should the New Yorker be the GOP nominee this fall.
When Walker was posed with the question of whether Republicans can win Wisconsin for the first time since 1984 if Trump is the nominee, Walker responded with, “I think they can”.
But given what Walker in the past has said about Trump, and what many political pundits have stated over the months about what his nomination could do to the party, makes the follow-up question for Walker most obvious.
“But Mr. Walker, should he win?”
When the governor exited the race for the nomination last year, after a short stint as a contender, he made it clear what was in his mind as the type of nominee the party needed. Walker left the race so to narrow the number of candidates running “so a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field.” Needless to say the numbers did not dwindle in the way Walker hoped. But the central message that Walker spoke about surely must still guide his thinking.
I am assuming that Walker has not been proud to have the GOP front runner use the term “pussy” from the campaign stage, or smear military men who once were prisoners of war, or harm the GOP’s long-term standing with Hispanics by the use of imfammatory language.
I am sure that Walker seriously questions the conservative credentials of Trump who has taken liberal positions on abortion, family values, and has publically praised Hillary Clinton.
It would be most amusing to hear the inner thoughts of Walker who has proven his own conservative bona fides in this state as to whether he truly feels that Trump well serves the best interests–the long-term interests–of the Republican Party as its nominee.
Party members of all stripes unite at some point around their eventual nominee. That comes as no surprise. But Trump is not the average type of candidate and can not be put into the same grouping for that unifying spirit that we can place the likes of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, or even Ted Cruz.
So for Walker to give such a positive response to a question about Trump as the nominee in Wisconsin two months before this state even holds our primary leads me to yet another question.
Is Scott Walker more true to his conservative principals or more interested in political expediency?
Even if one were able to get the question to him I suspect we would require a roadmap in trying to discover what his answer actually meant.