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Erick Erickson..If Trump can’t cut it in the next few weeks?…Scott Walker…

The editor of the Conservative Blog Resurgent believes that the GOP nomination IS Trump’s…

But IF he doesn’t get his act together and continues to piss off Grand Ole Party leadership?….

There just COULD be an insurrection and move to nullify the state by state nomination vote and choose someone else….Scott Walker…The Wisconson Republican Governor , who dropped out of the race months ago….

(There ARE those of us who think Donald Trump does NOT want to REALLY be President also…)

Republicans who thought Trump could be controlled and reasoned with are finally starting to see the Trump that those of us who are against him have seen. The creep factor is intensifying as more Howard Stern stories come out. Trump, in his own words, commented on how good looking Paris Hilton was at 12 and then discussed how he and his wife watched Paris Hilton’s porn tape. Creepy.

To mollify Republicans, on Tuesday night, Trump shackled himself to a TelePrompter, doing his best Obama impression. That, combined with his statement that he had been misconstrued, was an admission against interest that he had damaged himself. Republicans who had come to terms with Trump are again nervous and fretting.

Based on all my conversations this week, here is how I think it will play out.

If Trump can go the next two weeks without unforced errors and can do interviews along the way without embarrassing himself or the party, his nomination is assured. Trump has to be able to go out, without the Teleprompter, give speeches, and also give press interviews. If he hides in a bunker for the next two weeks, he will damage himself with prominent Republicans and donors. They need to see that he really is growing up and toning down.

If Trump can do that, he is the nominee, and not just the presumptive nominee.

But if Trump cannot control himself and exercise self-discipline in the next two weeks, the Republican convention is going to spiral out of control and look to a savior. That savior is most likely going to come from Wisconsin. It will not be Paul Ryan, but Scott Walker.

Right now there are several separate similar efforts to unbind the delegates at the convention. The Rules Committee is key and sources I talk to expect the delegates to be split on the committee with about 30% for Cruz, 25% for Trump, and 45% willing to go in the direction that saves the party destruction. If Trump continues on like this week, those separate similar efforts will become one effort….

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Scott Walker is watching Iowa slip away from him….

The Wisconsin Governor has slipping in the early polling ….

He is now behind Trump , Carson and Cruz…..

When Scott Walker returns Monday to campaign at the Iowa State Fair, he’ll be in an uncomfortable position, watching competitors in the crowded GOP field threaten his hold on a state he needs to win to survive.

After seven months as the clear favorite to win this first-in-the-nation caucus state, the Wisconsin governor is suddenly sinking in the polls— overtaken by the summer’s massive anti-establishment wave and at risk of losing his grip.
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“He’s lost a lot of momentum here because he didn’t convert that early momentum into committed caucus-goers. Now he’s got to re-start his engine here, and that’s not easy to do,” said Doug Gross, a GOP operative who supported Mitt Romney four years ago and has yet to commit to a candidate this cycle.

The silver lining: The race is still winnable for Walker because other top-tier candidates have yet to ignite. Jeb Bush, despite having the strongest organization in Iowa, isn’t a natural fit in a socially conservative state. Others like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both of whom hold strong appeal to social conservatives here, seem to be focusing their efforts elsewhere.

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Donald Trump Update…It’s Scott Walker’s turn to get dissed….

‘The Donald ‘levels his focus on the Republican Governor of Wisconsin…..

Donald Trump has spent much of the early days of his presidential campaign taking on Jeb Bush.

But in Iowa on Saturday, the real estate mogul took shots at Scott Walker, who’s long stood atop polls in the Hawkeye State, home to the critical first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Trump — who is in second place in Iowa polls behind Walker — slammed the Wisconsin governor’s leadership.

“Wisconsin is doing terribly. It’s in turmoil,” Trump said at Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa. “The roads are a disaster because they don’t have money to rebuild them.”

He also accused Walker’s administration of borrowing due to a budget deficit, and painted him as a supporter of Common Core education standards, which are opposed by much of the Republican base.

“Schools are a disaster. Hospitals and education are a disaster,” Trump said. “And he was totally in favor of Common Core, which I hate.”

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Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker’s ‘Crap Budget’and other trouble’s back home…..

Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walkeris is running for President….

While that maybe making HIM happy….

But…

It isn’t warming the hearst of Republicans in his state legislature back home….

This guy wants to run the country?..and seemingly can’t get his act together running a state…

While Scott Walker’s fellow Republicans were grousing about his budget plan and part of his proposal to overhaul higher education, the governor was more than 1,000 miles away, gripping the wheel of the Mt. Washington cruise boat on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.

And when lawmakers met Monday night to reach a final deal on other elements of that budget, the likely presidential candidate was in Canada on his fourth international trip in less than five months.

Absentee governors are part of the political landscape when a presidential campaign begins and some want to run. There’s no getting around the need to raise money, make national appearances and organize early in important states. What may distinguish Walker, though, is the grief he’s getting from his own party.

One GOP lawmaker has dissed his spending plan as a “crap budget,” and it gets worse than merely a rhetorical slap. While Walker has been courting voters, party activists and donors in advance of his expected announcement that he’s running for the 2016 party nomination, state GOP lawmakers, in concert with Democrats, have crushed some of his biggest ideas this year.

And that works against one clear advantage governors like Walker can bring to national politics — a record of achievement in public policy that many candidates coming from the Byzantine, often gridlocked chambers of Congress can’t match…..

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Walker joins Kansas GOP Governor Brownback in having the stuff they sold to get re-elected thrown into the trash AFTER the bills came in….

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Scott Walker Update…Running against the Unions…..

Upon taking Office in his first term as Wisconson’s Republican Governor?

He stripped public unions of their job protections and then went after their benefits….

Wisconsin, a state that WAS friednly to labor, is no more….

Scott Walker wants to repeat his efforts to cut the power of unions across the whole country and time when others are fighting to raise wages….

There’s an important issue bubbling up in American politics: any Republican president elected in 2016 could very likely accelerate the decline of private-sector labor unions in America.

Since the mid-1940s, American states have been split between those with “right-to-work” rules that make union organizing difficult and those with legal systems that are friendly to union organizing. But in 2012, the two formerly union-friendly states of Indiana and Michigan went right-to-work, and were joined by Wisconsin in 2015. Now Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he would take right-to-work nationwide as president, and it’s unlikely he’d face much resistance from congressional Republicans if he did.

Democrats oppose such laws — Hillary Clinton has spoken recently about the importance of collective bargaining, and if anything, centrist Democrats have become more supportive of union rights as a necessary counterpoint to a trend of stagnating wages.

This is a fundamental disagreement between the two parties about how politics and the economy should be organized. And for the first time since the Truman administration, the stage is set for it to play out on a national political stage.

What do right-to-work laws do?

A little bit confusingly, right-to-work (RTW) laws do not establish a right to work. Instead, they prohibit certain kinds of contractual arrangements between employers and employees at unionized workplaces….

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Scott Walker Update…He’s NOT in Wisconsin anymore….

Politico examines Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as a national , NOT state candidate, where things are rougher and more demanding….

Scott Walker never thought things woudl come THIS fast….

As Wisconsin insiders have watched the national scrutiny of Walker ramp up the last two months, there has been a common theme in discussions over his bumbling: Even he didn’t expect to be in this position so soon.

The original plan was a slow build up. Get state lawmakers to knock out of his budget earlier than they usually do, dip his toes in places like Iowa along the way and then fully engage once he signs the document in early summer.

But Walker’s speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit in late January changed all that. Wisconsin reporters and politicos have heard the governor give an impassioned speech in which he whipped up a partisan crowd with the kind of buildup one would expect from a preacher’s kid. They’d also heard a time or two his story about using so many coupons and other discounts while shopping at Kohl’s that the Wisconsin-based chain was “paying me to buy that shirt.”

Up to that point, the national media thought Walker was the second coming of Tim Pawlenty, a milquetoast Midwestern white guy who, while being a popular favorite son, would fail to evoke the national enthusiasm necessary for a serious presidential bid. That notion went out the door when Walker transfixed the Iowa crowd by recounting the graphic death threats he got after taking on public employee unions—including the one that memorably promised to gut his wife “like a deer.” When the media realized he had some fire in the belly, the fuse was suddenly lit on Walker’s meteoric media rise.

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Walker leads National GOP Q poll…Jeb second….

Scott Walker now leads Jeb Bush by small margin in the latest National Polling….

In addition, Walker has now moved to first place in the Real Clear Polling GOP nomination race averages…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, with 18 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 16 percent, top the list of possible 2016 presidential nominees among Republican or Republican leaning voters nationwide, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are at 8 percent each, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Physician Ben Carson has 7 percent, with 6 percent each for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 5 percent for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. No other Republican contender tops 2 percent. Another 17 percent are undecided.

If Walker does not run, Bush gets 18 percent, with 10 percent for Carson, 9 percent each for Christie and Huckabee, 8 percent each for Cruz and Paul and 7 percent for Rubio.

If Bush is out of the race, Walker gets 20 percent, with 10 percent for Christie, 9 percent for Huckabee and 8 percent each for Carson and Rubio.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the 2016 presidential choice of 56 percent of Democratic or Democratic leaning voters nationwide, with 14 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, 10 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden and 4 percent for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Another 14 percent are undecided.

If Secretary Clinton does not run, Vice President Biden gets 35 percent…..

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Whispering within the GOP on Scott Walkers ‘no game’…

…from the right’s Washington Examiner…..

Byron York: “He seems to be the Republican candidate who has the best chance of connecting with the millions of middle-class voters who have drifted away from the GOP in recent elections…”

“At the same time, Walker could be headed for trouble with the establishment, Washington-based wing of his party. Look for GOP insiders to begin whispering, and then saying out loud, that Walker needs to raise his game if he is going to play on the national stage. On the one hand, they’ll have a point — Walker needs to come up with clear, crisply-expressed positions on a variety of national and international issues. On the other hand, Walker’s way-outside-the-Beltway method of expressing himself might resonate with voters in primary and caucus states more than Washington thinks.”

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Scott Walker speaks to CPAC Crowd…I’ve fought the Unions…I can take on the World…

…from the NY Times First Draft….

Best Applause Line: “We need a leader who will stand with Israel,” said the governor of Wisconsin.

Crickets: Describing, early in his remarks, his longstanding interest in the founding fathers.

Red Meat: Mr. Walker spoke at length about his record as governor and made broad references to foreign policy touchstones like Israel, Iran and the fight against Islamic terrorism.

Toughest Question: From a heckler, who shouted about workers’ rights. But Mr. Walker turned it to his advantage, joking that protesters had followed him from Wisconsin.

Mood in the Room: Intrigued and mostly appreciative. Mr. Walker’s performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit in late January catapulted him to prominence in the early stages of the Republican race. Many people at CPAC wanted to see if he could deliver again.

He did, for the most part. Mr. Walker stood in front of the lectern, shed his suit jacket and rolled up his shirtsleeves, keeping his hands on his hips as he walked and talked. The crowd was mostly hushed early on, but he shouted as if he were rallying thousands of supporters and had to work to be heard over the applause.

Mr. Walker seemed to stretch in trying to demonstrate how his tenure as governor had prepared him for the global arena. At one point, describing the need to prevent Islamic terrorism from touching down on American soil, he reached back to his having called in the National Guard to address protesters in Wisconsin.

“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world,” he argued.

The crowd eventually warmed up, and Mr. Walker grew looser…..

He finished to a standing ovation….

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Scott Walker…Does it again….”“You’ve got to be crazy to want to be President of the United States. You’ve got to be crazy….”

Then WHY are you running around the country trying to convince people to support YOU running for President of the United States?

Waiting for a ‘higher power’ to tell him if he should run???

Mr. Walker, who traveled to Iowa last month and plans to head to New Hampshire in March, said he hadn’t yet decided whether to run for president. In a 14-minute speech that touted his opposition to abortion and his commitment to traditional marriage Mr. Walker said he was waiting to hear from a higher power whether he should seek the presidency.

“I’m still trying to decipher if this is God’s calling,” Mr. Walker said. “You’ve got to be crazy to want to be president of the United States. You’ve got to be crazy. To look at what it does to a person and a family, you’ve got to be crazy. But you should only do it if you feel that God’s called you to get in there and make a difference. We’re still trying to decide, and we’re going to ask for your prayers in that regard.”

Mr. Walker’s remarks, to the annual gathering of the National Religious Broadcasters, were the latest example of an effort to emphasize his faith as he positions himself in the 2016 Republican presidential field…..

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Scott Walker is already wobbling…..

The guy isn’t gonna be the 2016 GOP nominee…

We’re beginning to learn why….

He’s just NOT up to the effort….

The governor has shot to the top of early-state polls since a well-received speech at a forum of conservatives in Iowa last month. He is trying to position himself as a candidate who can bridge the establishment, tea party and evangelical wings of the party. Late Saturday afternoon, he went to the offices of Americans for Tax Reform for a meeting with fiscal conservative luminaries, including Grover Norquist.

Walker was by far the biggest draw at the governors’ event at the JW Marriott, and the contrast with other likely 2016 Republican candidates was conspicuous. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, coming off a banner year as chair of the Republican Governors Association, avoided the media and spent Saturday in private meetings before leaving town. That prompted a New Jersey reporter to ask Walker why Christie didn’t subject himself to questioning from reporters, too.

“Everybody’s different,” Walker responded, cracking a smile. “You’re not going to hear me … say ill-will about the other candidates.”

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who’s mulling a presidential bid but is less likely to jump in, milled around the halls of the hotel with a fraction of the reporters and entourage around him that Walker had.
Amid all the attention, Walker said that he’s already been through what was tantamount to a national campaign.

“It’s similar,” he said Saturday of his 2012 recall election. “I obviously had, other than the presidential race, probably the most highly-scrutinized race in 2012. I was the No. 1 target of all the major national unions this last cycle – not just amongst governors but also the House and the Senate.”

But being seen as a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination is testing whether the 47-year-old Walker is really ready for the klieg lights.

Since saying “I’m going to punt” when asked about evolution in London 10 days ago, operatives from rival campaigns have begun quietly raising doubts about his preparedness. He’s also taken heat from establishment Republicans for meeting with Donald Trump, and been the subject of front-page stories in national newspapers diving into his college years; Walker withdrew before graduating.

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