While delivering his stump speech at the Iowa State Fair Monday, Scott Walker took the fight to some SEIU hecklers in the audience. Saying that he confidently stood his ground is understatement. Tuesday morning in Minnesota, Gov. Walker will call out Republican leaders in Washington. Gov. Walker’s speech will call out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not taking action on the Affordable Care Act or other parts of the Republicans’ agenda, saying that “Republican leaders in Washington told us during the campaign last year that we needed a Republican Senate to repeal Obamacare. Well, Republicans have been in charge of both houses of Congress since January and there still isn’t a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare.”
Gov. Walker is on firm footing in his criticism. As Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker told GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin, “It was put up or shut up time. If we didn’t do what we said we’d do, the voters would have every right to throw us out.”
At some point in this campaign, people will start getting serious about candidates’ qualifications and whether they’re conservatives. Once that happens, Gov. Walker will be able to point an impressive list of conservative accomplishments that his opponents will have a tough time matching.
Everyone knows that Gov. Walker got the Wisconsin legislature to pass sweeping public employee union reform despite getting multiple death threats. Comparatively few people know that Gov. Walker’s wife and parents also received death threats from public employee union thugs. Fewer still know that Gov. Walker’s reforms led to massive property tax cuts in Wisconsin.
Before the Fox News primetime debate, few people knew that he defunded Planned Parenthood 4 years before the Planned Parenthood videos started popping up.
A number of candidates are tapping into voters’ outright anger with DC politicians. Scott Walker hasn’t had to deal with DC politicians that often. Still, there’s little doubt that he’s had to stiffen legislators’ spines to pass the Act 10 reforms.
In short, he’s got a history of getting conservative things accomplished. More importantly, Gov. Walker hasn’t strayed from his conservative roots. That’s something the other candidates can’t say.
Over the next month, we’ll see if Republicans prefer nominating a reality TV show star with a history of making misogynistic statements or whether they’d rather elect a conservative who’s consistently fought for conservative reforms without backing down.