From The National Journal:A head-on collision with the labor movement has turned the rookie Republican governor of a Midwestern state into an overnight superstar.
Barely a month after his inauguration, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker already has prospective presidential candidates stampeding to help him. In today's turbocharged political climate, fueled by constant chatter on cable television and the Internet, can talk of a vice presidential bid be far behind for the man who two months ago was a little-known county executive?
“If you had suggested that about Scott Walker 10 days [ago] it would have seemed incomprehensible,’’ Byron Shafer, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told National Journal. “Stay tuned and ask me again in another 10 days."
Walker was the lead guest on Fox News Sunday; on Monday, MSNBC boasted of a “cable exclusive’’ with him. He's become one of the most sought-after politicians in the country ever since his plan to balance Wisconsin's budget by slashing labor costs sparked days of protests by tens of thousands of union workers in the state capitol.
I've known about Scott Walker for years, since he was a legislator from my hometown in Wauwatosa, WI, to County Executive of highly Democratic Milwaukee County and now, governor of Wisconsin.
While he probably won't be a candidate for president in 2012, but if he wins this battle against the unions now, with minimal give in to the unions, he will be a front runner in 2016, especially if Obama wins in 2012. But, if he wins this battle, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future as presidential candidates will come to Wisconsin to kiss his ring or other a backside part of his body.
And this will make my liberal friend, capper of Whallah (http://whallah.blogspot.com/) and Cognitive Dissidence ( http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/) head explode.
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