Why is Scott Walker's campaign floundering?



There's a long article in the Washington Post talking about why Scott Walker's campaign is floundering. Don't bother reading it, it's full of double talk about listening too much to consultants, not letting Walker be Walker, etc. But one useful fact is that Walker is now tied for third (and fourth) place in Iowa with Ted Cruz at 8%. Not so good for Ted, but devastating for Walker who was #1 not too long ago and is from a border state. If he can't win Iowa, he's not going to win anywhere.

So after reading this long WaPo article that had much bulk but little mass I came across another article where Walker said he is now open to building a wall on our northern border with Canada as well as our border with Mexico.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a staunch advocate of beefing up security on the southern border, said Sunday he is open to building a wall on the U.S. border with Canada as well.

The Republican presidential candidate said the idea of building a northern wall was brought up to him during a recent town hall in New Hampshire.

"That is a legitimate issue for us to look at," Walker said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

A legitimate issue to look at? Scott Walker has been running for President for several months. I would hope, by now, he would have decided on where he stands on all the major issues of the day. Making statements like "This is a legimate issue for us to look at", tells us nothing of whether Walker would build a wall or not build a wall on our northern border.

And therein lies the problem of Scott Walker. Remember when he had three different positions on birthright citizenship in three different days? Remember his back and forth and back and forth on amnesty for illegal aliens? Walker is, shall we say, already vulnerable not just on immigration but more broadly on charges that he is a flipflopper. So when he comes out with statements like "This may be a good idea" or "Maybe we should look at this", it just makes him look all the more tentative and insubstantial.

I know some of you will pooh-pooh this, but I am a lawyer, and as a lawyer I know words matter. If a candidate wants my support, he needs to tell me what he actually will do, not merely what he might do.

By the way, security on our northern border is an issue, but it's a much, much longer border than the one we have with Mexico, and the vast majority of illegals come across from the south, not the north. By focusing on this Walker is distracting attention from the central issues of stopping the flood of illegal aliens from the south, making him look even less serious on immigration.

If Walker wants to help himself, he should concretely spell out his positions on the issues and not talk in the passive voice of "issues we should look at", as if he is merely a passive observer of others who will be making the actual decisions. When he speaks like that he reminds me of Captain Kirk in "Turnabout Intruder", who, when his body was taken over by a woman, would speak about himself in the third person. Talking like you've been bodysnatched is not a flattering comparison.

(Abridged version originally published in AT)



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