A JIT­TERY PRESS EYES SCOTT WALKER

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Now that he’s won re-elec­tion, Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker is riv­et­ing at­ten­tion from jour­nal­ists al­ready in 2016-mode. Some­times those jour­nal­ists ap­pear a lit­tle ner­vous. “Scott Walker-for-Pres­i­dent be­gins now,” notes Andy Kroll, a se­nior re­porter for Mother Jones.

“The Repub­li­can who made a na­tional name for him­self by clash­ing with la­bor unions, won a sec­ond term as gov­er­nor of this state on Tues­day, keep­ing alive the pos­si­bil­ity that he may be among the can­di­dates for pres­i­dent in 2016,” wrote Mon­ica Davey of the New York Times while the Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox notes, “Scott Walker — too bor­ing to beat. It is in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to get ex­cited about the Wis­con­sin gov­er­nor, but that’s what makes him so hard to de­feat.”

He is, how­ever, straight­for­ward. “Gov. Walker was very clear about what he was go­ing to do, and that’s prob­a­bly why the vot­ers chose to elect him,” Nick No­vak, spokesman for the MacIver In­sti­tute told Slate. Mean­while, the Wis­con­sin Jour­nel-Sentinel’s “Walko-Me­ter” — which fact-checked 65 of the gov­er­nor’s cam­paign prom­ises since 2010 — found that Mr. Walker broke 23 per­cent of them. Not a bad record, all things con­sid­ered. Will he join the fray of 2016 pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls some­where around March when they make their fu­ture in­ten­tions known? Prob­a­bly not. He’s wise enough to wait, get a few things done at home and re­mem­ber what he learned in the midterms..

“I’m an op­ti­mist.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Now that he’s won re-elec­tion, Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker is riv­et­ing at­ten­tion from jour­nal­ists al­ready in 2016-mode.

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