A HEARTLAND HE-MAN WITH A PLAN
The title of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s brandnew book tells all: “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge” is all about practical success and the inner mettle of an unapologetic Cheesehead determined to defeat his state’s $3.6 billion deficit, unemployment and property taxes.
Mr. Walker did master those economic demons — Wisconsin now has a $342 million surplus. And he has a sense of heartland showbiz. Yes, that was the he-man governor who personally took a fleet of gleaming “hogs” all the way to China to promote Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Under Mr. Walker’s watch, Wisconsin exported $1.5 billion worth of local products to China last year, from the beloved Harleys to Oshkosh trucks.
The governor’s political brand is in fine fettle. News organizations have added him to the rarefied roster of potential presidential hopefuls, and by the time 2016 rumbles in, Mr. Walker could up his appeal.
“Republican leaders at the state level are offering big, bold, positive reforms that are relevant to the lives of our citizens,” he says, applauding courageous leaders, effective and smaller government, balanced budgets, and empowered citizens. “That America may seem distant today, but I assure you it is within reach. The path to this America does not begin in Washington, D.C. It starts in the states.”