Tuesday, September 22, 2015
How Trump stole Walker's lunch money
When Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race on Monday, I was happy. I originally endorsed him, but his campaign lacked energy. He is a poor communicator who seemed to be running for a third term as governor of Wisconsin instead of president.. I switched to Carly Fiorina. She is scrappy and in touch with voters.
Walker's people are bemoaning that Donald Trump has done in another good governor, as somehow Rick Perry's departure is all Trump's fault. Many Republicans are sounding like whine buckets as their first round draft choices are turning into Cleveland Browns quarterbacks.
Which brings me to this odd headline in the Washington Examiner: "Top Santorum aide: Trump has 'stolen something' from every candidate."
Santorum's campaign manager, John Brabender, said: "Trump has stolen something from almost every candidate who has hurt him and helped himself."
Yes he has stolen something from every candidate. They are called voters. He has stolen them by understanding the concerns of voters -- No. 1 being the border.
Walker's main issue was breaking the federal employees unions.
Then there is Jeb! who believes he can outpander the Democratic Party. In his book, Bush said his wife being Hispanic shaped his immigration policy. Trump mocked that.
Given the choice between a Democrat and a Democrat-Lite, voters will go with the Democrat.
The Family Bush learned that in 1992. Apparently, Jeb! did not get the memo.
Yes, Trump is mean and nasty. So are the Democrats. If you cannot beat Trump, you cannot beat the Democrats so why nominate you.
Governor Walker's departure should be followed by exits from Christie, and Jindal. The others polling under 5% are just in the race to raise money: Huckabee, Santorum, Graham, and Paul. Presidential losers is a multi-million-dollar industry. The Bunny Mellons of the world give no matter what.
Walker tried, failed, and will move on. There are 15 candidates running. Biggest beneficiary of Walker's departure is John Kasich. We shall see what he does with that.
Meanwhile, Trump chugs on. He is connecting with voters. His fellow candidates might try doing that.