National political commentators are stealthily setting up Scott Walker with lavish praise, a political maneuver designed to weaken Walker's reelection run for governor while ostensibly supporting his run for the Republican nomination for presidency in 2016.
Most of the national press want a freak show in the Republican primary just as in 2011-12, a spectacle made more difficult by the GOP's decision to frontload the primary and hold as few debates as possible.
Seeing Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Paul Ryan, those lusting after another political catastrophe won't be disappointed.
But as for Walker, Paul Fanlund has a profile out on Walker's likely 2014 general election opponent, Mary Burke who makes a formidable barrier to Walker. Writes Fanlund:
Burke shot back (at Walker): 'It’s what I would expect from a career politician, to take the focus off what the actual issue is.'Those hoping for a Walker run for presidency to savage are by no means assured of getting their chance. Burke is a fighter, even if most of the grassroots would prefer a movement progressive.
Scott Walker, career politician.
Tough to refute, inasmuch as the 46-year-old governor has been running for something for the 24 years since he failed to graduate from college.
His is the kind of resume that should provoke a visceral response in anti-incumbent tea-party circles, except that Walker is one of their own.
It's not that Walker has shown himself the single most corrupt governor in Wisconsin history, (that's a low bar compared to Illinois and New Jersey); has a horrendous jobs record; and that Walker appointed flunkies who stole $10,000s from military veterans.
Walker will never be the nominee because Scott Walker cannot run for the presidency in hiding.
Consider that Chris Christie has now held some 104 question-and-answer listening sessions; Scott Walker has held ZERO.