To beat a tough-talking moderate,try a mild-mannered militant

  • Article by: John Dickerson , Slate
  • Updated: November 19, 2013 - 5:32 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may be Chris Christie’s best conservative competition in 2016.

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vlombardyNov. 19, 13 5:45 PM

If you like the ALEC agenda, Walker's your man.

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pumiceNov. 19, 13 7:09 PM

“[N]o one checks as many boxes as Walker does,” said an Iowa GOP strategist.

Whoa…. that's credible! What's the track record for Iowa GOP strategists??? And Walker grew up in Iowa! What's the track record for born/raised in Iowa TEApublicans??? But, but, but, if Walker wins re-election by as big a margin as the more pugilistic Gov. Christie, he'll be a shoo-in because "A strong win makes you seem strong." What are the odds that Walker's ability to push the ALEC agenda and raise Koch money will buy him a 20-plus point margin in 2014?

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elmore1Nov. 19, 13 7:18 PM

It will be interesting to see if the DFL changes strategy and has a moderate candidate. Our country needs moderate, common sense leadership. Enough of the extreme agendas and gridlock by both parties.

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jjsbrwNov. 19, 13 7:19 PM

Dear God, help Walker. The Dems can't beat Christie.

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redeye12Nov. 19, 13 7:38 PM

Christie is no conservative. If he's the Rep candidate, it will be the choice between an extreme liberal (Hillary, Biden, et al.) and a liberal (Christie). That's a false choice.

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comment229Nov. 20, 13 4:57 AM

Just a few observations: If you listen to the Walker commercials that have been aired in the last year or so, you will see the writing about job growth in Wisconsin... but look closer... It says "job growth POTENTIAL." Then there is Christie and the comment that the dems cannot beat him. First, he has to get the GOP nomination and he will have a choice on that. Appease the tea party, or face the wrath of the tea party. Assuming that he does then get the nomination and runs against Hillary, he has a long long road to travel to convince Americans that conservatives (with the tea party now on board) and their agenda is there to help them. Remember, he is essentially starting 47% behind. People, don't forget.

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comment229Nov. 20, 13 4:59 AM

Walker and Christie do have one thing in common right now. In his last election victory for governor, the exit polling indicated that people who voted for him for governor, disapproved of him for president. And is there any doubt, that if Walker was the republican nominee, that he would not win his home state of Wisconsin?

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jim4848Nov. 20, 13 6:51 AM

Someone is sure spending a lot of money to push Walker.

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Packman_1Nov. 20, 13 7:02 AM

Walker is the hand-picked candidate of the Koch brothers. If you want a President who's only agenda is to further enrich the top 1%, he's your man.

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windigolakeNov. 20, 13 7:06 AM

elmore1: "It will be interesting to see if the DFL changes strategy and has a moderate candidate." There's no change in strategy. Obama is as moderate as any candidate from either party. It's the GOP which has been in the throes of an identity crisis. Do they go hard right with the Teapublicans or put a foot in both camps as Romney and McCain tried to do? Since the only moderate Republican left (Christie) will never get the support of the radical right because he shook hands with and praised Obama, the GOP will go with another candidate anointed by the Tea Party. And they'll be on the wrong side of another Electoral College landslide..

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