I know that Scott Walker doesn’t want to hear what I’m going to say. I guarantee that it won’t win me any friends within the campaign or RPW, but I don’t much care about that. What I care about is a conservative winning in November and getting Wisconsin back on track.
Right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen. The problems are best highlighted in the recent controversy over Walker and Barrett’s responses to the floods in Milwaukee. I know that Walker has insisted that the county was on top of things from the start, and that’s great that it was. It’s also great if the county got things under control so that Walker didn’t need to be there to get the cleanup underway. Unfortunately – and here’s the bad news – it doesn’t matter. There were homes on the verge of falling into sinkholes. Over 8 inches of rain in some places had fallen in a matter of a few hours. The county executive needed to be in the county, not on a campaign swing.
I’ve long maintained that while Scott Walker may be the front runner in the Republican gubernatorial race, he’s run a terrible campaign, hence Mark Neumann sticking in the race despite urgings by Republican Party insiders that he step aside and allow Walker to be coronated. Given the kind of campaign Walker has run thus far, Mark Neumann would be a fool to drop out, because I’m betting Walker’s campaign may still implode before the September primaries (anyone remember Darlene Wink?).