A HEART­LAND HE-MAN WITH A PLAN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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