Current Wisconsin Governor and 2016 Presidential Candidate hopeful Scott Walker can’t seem to catch a break… least of all from his own party.
Following Scott Walker’s recent trip to England, Scott caught flack from GOP big-wig Karl Rove when Rove stated that Walker is “not ready for primetime.” The remark came in response to questions that Governor Walker dodged about the Ukraine, evolution, and ISIS while on his trip.
Many political watchers thought that Scott had actually gone to England to give himself some street cred when it comes to international politics, but he may have done himself more harm than good. In fact, Scott Walker may have realized this himself; when he got back to the United States, the first thing he did was hire two high-ranked capitol insiders to manage his international and domestic policy takes.
However, the hits just keep coming, according to Business Insider.
On Thursday, Mark Salter — who was a top GOP adviser for 2008 presidential candidate John McCain — took to Facebook to write a scathing article concerning a comment Scott Walker recently made about ISIS. Walker had recently said that if he could handle 100,000 protestors in Madison (Wisconsin), he could certainly handle ISIS.
“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Salter then went on Twitter and made a harsh observation about the potential presidential candidate.
“I want to like him but Scott Walker is kind of a dumb a**.”
The remark about the protestors in Madison was directed at the onslaught of Wisconsinites who flocked to the Wisconsin state capitol after Walker seemingly overnight dismantled the state’s union’s right to collectively bargain. It was a move that many in the Badger State were shocked by, and it led to a recall election. By winning that recall by more than 8 percentage points, Scott Walker became sort of a dark horse darling in the Republican Party. The move put Scott on the map in a national way, and the governor set his sights on 2016.
Only weeks ago, Walker proposed a budget that would gut over $300 million from Wisconsin’s university system. Again, there were protesters at the Capitol against the governor, who never attended college. When Scott Walker made the comment in the wake of the protests that professors “might have to teach more classes” each day as a result of the cuts, the protests only got louder. They culminated outside what protesters thought was the governor’s private residence, (it turned out to be the home that Scott Walker’s parents live in).
Walker has made a name for himself by doing unpopular things that he deems necessary for the good of his state. However, his personal gaffes concerning ill-fated remarks and a refusal to answer certain questions have made him a target for his own party.
On the flip side, Salter’s comments have made him a target of Scott Walker supporters.
— Arkie (@Arkidana) February 28, 2015
Yeah, well we all know how brilliant Mark Salter is, he spent more time trying to sell that, than McCain in 2008 and lost the election
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) February 28, 2015
— Georgia (@CureOurCountry) February 28, 2015
Experts think that Scott has an outside shot of winning the nomination. However, if he can’t win over his own party, one has to ask: Does he really have a chance?
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