Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead."[A]ppearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers" -- Koch brothers, of course. Is it possible for a Leftist media outlet to mention a conservative without mentioning the Koch brothers?
Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a later appearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers and a stopover in Denver for additional fundraising.
“Our American Revival encompasses the shared values that make our country great; limiting the powers of the federal government to those defined in the Constitution while creating a leaner, more efficient, more effective and more accountable government to the American people,” Walker said in a statement in the release announcing the committee.
It's so silly, especially since talk about the Koch brothers does nothing to dissuade conservative supporters.
Anyway, Walker has enjoyed some good buzz nationally.
Walker emerged as the star from last weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit.
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In addition, Rush Limbaugh has practically endorsed him, which is huge. For a long time, Limbaugh has cited Walker as the blueprint for conservative success. He continues to support Walker.
Many people are happy to see Walker pursuing a presidential run.
As a Wisconsin voter, one of the people responsible for helping Walker to win three gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin, I have mixed feelings.
While I think Walker would make an excellent president and deserves his place in the Republican field of potential nominees, I didn't vote for "Our American Revival."
I voted for "Our Wisconsin Revival."
There is work to be done here at home. I don't want issues important to Wisconsin to become "distractions" to Walker's higher political aspirations.
Granted, if Walker fails to tend to matters in Wisconsin, he hurts his chances to succeed nationally. There is that fail-safe aspect. Walker can't ignore us without putting his presidential hopes at risk.
That's somewhat comforting, but not quite enough.
Although he has been elected governor THREE TIMES, he's only been in office for one term. It's been an incredible, challenging, historic term, but one term, nonetheless.
Without a doubt, Walker is certainly dramatically more qualified to be president than Obama was at the time of his election.
As I said, mixed feelings.
If Americans choose Walker to be the 2016 Republican nominee for president, I will support him wholeheartedly.
I do think Rebecca Kleefisch would make a great governor.