Governor Scott Walker Comes Out Swinging. Excerpt:
If Republicans want to know how to respond to President Obama’s barbs and attacks, they should pay close attention to what Gov. Scott Walker said after Obama smacked him for signing a right-to-work bill.
“I’m deeply disappointed,” he said, “that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy.”
Obama then claimed that Walker’s action was part of an “inexcusable assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government.”
Clearly Obama needs to take a civics refresher course. After all, the bill that landed on Walker’s desk was the result of the state’s duly elected representatives’ 62-35 vote in favor of it — and that after 20 hours of debate. In other words, democracy at work.
But what’s really interesting is how Walker responded to Obama’s tantrum. Rather than meekly taking Obama’s blows, as most Republicans seem wont to do, Walker punched back — hard.
“On the heels of vetoing Keystone pipeline legislation, which would have paved the way to create thousands of quality, middle-class jobs, the president should be looking to states, like Wisconsin, as an example for how to grow our economy,” Walker told National Review Online.
“Despite a stagnant national economy and a lack of leadership in Washington, since we took office, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is down to 5%, and more than 100,000 jobs and 30,000 businesses have been created.”
The national GOP needs to sit up and take notice. They have been walking entirely too softly lately. If there’s one thing Democrats have always been good at, it’s going on the offensive; if there’s a second thing Democrats have always been good at, it’s sticking together.
The Republican coalition contains a lot of stubborn, independently-minded individuals, in my near-forty years of politics-watching I would say much more so than the Democrats. But that doesn’t always translate well into electoral victories – and neither does (as Governor Romney maddeningly did in the 2012 debates) politely declining to go on the offense.
Republicans face an opportunity in 2016. A vigorous candidate, one who is not afraid to go on the offensive and maybe metaphorically (if not literally) willing to call a spade a fucking shovel – that’s what they need to win. Governor Walker is showing he might just have the right stuff.