This is mostly about Scott Walker but also a bit about Art Laffer and the economy.
First, to say that Obama doesn’t love America is as weak a truth as ever I have heard in politics. To leave as an open question whether he is a Christian is an absolute pussycat of a position. Because whatever is in his heart of hearts, the actions he takes help Islamists and harm both Israel and the United States. That is what matters. The rest is dross.
For Scott Walker, the nomination is now his to lose. Early early days, but he is a Republican from a Democrat state, his policies are being shaped along Tea Party lines and he is, so far, fearless in the face of the media.
He also has friends in the right places. This is an article by Lawrence Kudrow which notes the following which comes under the title, What Scott Walker Actually Said:
Yes, believe it or not, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker actually spoke at some length at the dinner this past week where Rudy Giuliani charged that President Obama doesn’t love America. All the hullabaloo went to Giuliani, but in terms of the Republican presidential race, a number of Scott Walker’s pointed comments about policy and politicians are not to be missed.
First a word about the dinner itself, which was generously backed by John Catsimatidis. It was the second event sponsored by the Committee to Unleash American Prosperity, a new group founded by Arthur Laffer, Steve Moore, Steve Forbes and myself.
And this is what they are seeking:
To maximize growth, jobs, opportunity and upward mobility, the U.S. must recapture the first principles of economic growth that were so successful in the 1960s, ‘80s and ’90s. Namely, pro-growth policies should seek a low-rate, broad-based flat tax, limited government spending, the lightest possible economic regulations, sound money and free trade.
The Reagan Revolution was not just about lower taxes. To restrict Reagan’s message to tax alone is to miss most of what was important. It is the entire matrix that is crucial. To focus on any one aspect is to miss the point. And I will emphasise that when Art Laffer led the supply-side revolution in the 1980s, he did it under the banner of Say’s Law, properly understood. Say’s Law is not about tax although it does help to explain why diverting spending away from governments is the key to growth.
As for Walker, he is first to rise above the crowd so will be taking most of the shots in these early days before the election in November 2016! These next two years will be an endurance test. But here is the final question.
Can Walker win? Arthur Laffer has known him for years and says he has matured enormously from his days as Milwaukee county executive. Others say he is the only Republican candidate with a record of winning many different elections, from local office, to state assemblyman, to three gubernatorial races in four years.
Walker is a superb retail politician, a trait that will serve him well in the early primaries. He has an uncanny knack of maintaining direct eye contact. At the dinner, rather than rushing out for an early-morning TV call, he insisted on talking to every person in the large crowd surrounding him.
The question now is whether he can develop from a tough state-union buster to a national politician who can modernize Reagan’s policies while maintaining the Gipper’s upbeat message of optimism and growth.
The Republicans need a strong message and a messenger to clarify the issues. This final bit is naturally what I find myself attracted to most of all:
Walker was also highly critical of President Obama’s conduct in the war against radical Islamism, and said the U.S. must wage a stronger battle in the air and on the ground against ISIS.
Meantime, one must simply endure and hope things can be held together until then.