March 18, 2015

TO BE A POPULIST IS TO FOLLOW WHIMS, NOT LEAD A MOVEMENT:

Why Scott Walker Is Drawing Fire from the Right (ROB GARVER, 3/18/15, The Fiscal Times)

The backlash from conservatives, though, over the Mair decision has been swift. Writing at The Federalist, Sean Davis went after Walker for what may seem a pattern of concessions designed to help him secure victory in primary voting next year. [...]

Writing on the National Review website, Jonah Goldberg described Walker's apparent termination of Mair as a bad omen. "If Walker is the guy I hope he is (I've been a booster), he won't just have to take on his enemies, he'll have to take on his friends, too... Isn't that the point of the anti-establishment movement on the right?"

He added, "I get that Walker needs to win Iowa and that staffers aren't more important than the candidate. But principles are. If Walker didn't want a critic of the Iowa caucuses on his payroll he shouldn't have hired one. But he did. And throwing her under the bus for this suggests not only that he's got some problems getting ready for prime time, it also suggests he can get rolled by the Iowa GOP establishment. What happens when he gets to Washington?"

Related: GOP 2016: Scott Walker Has the Lead, Jeb Bush Has the Money

The ultra-right wing website Twitchy linked to a dozen tweets by well-known conservatives blasting Walker's decision.

Bloomberg's Dave Weigel wrote that the loss of Mair not only deprives Walker of her and her team's experience, but sets up an unfortunate comparison with at least one of his GOP challengers.

"The hire of Liz Mair was supposed to connect Walker to a network of journalists, bloggers, and influencers," he wrote. "Instead, Walker ended up stoking a mini-crisis in the must-win caucus state, and ending the crisis by giving those influencers their third fresh example of him buckling under Hawkeye pressure. The contrast with Jeb Bush, who's been telling crowds that he won't change his stances on Common Core or immigration, does no good for Walker."


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