November 4, 2014

HE'LL MAKE A FINE LABOR SECRETARY...:

Scott Walker's Ugly Re-Election (Ramesh Ponnuru, 11/03/14, Bloomberg View)

Wisconsin is an outlier in another respect, too: It's the only place in the country this year where a potential Republican presidential candidate is in a close race. Walker's narrow re-election campaign this year could end up shaping a 2016 bid for the White House.

For one thing, Walker's struggle raises the question of whether a politician can make a credible run for the presidency after barely winning over his own state's voters. The last two presidents each won their states convincingly before they ran. George W. Bush won 68 percent of the vote to be re-elected governor of Texas in 1998, and Barack Obama won 70 percent of the vote in Illinois to become a senator in 2004. [...]

There's another way Walker is different from Bush and Obama. Bush said he would be a "uniter, not a divider," and Obama said he'd "change the tone" in Washington for the better. A candidate as demonstrably polarizing as Walker -- his anti-union reforms sparked huge protests and an occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol -- won't be able to run that kind of campaign.

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