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