Walker walks out of GOP race for president, attempts to be a martyr


Scott Walker withdrew from the 2016 presidential race in Sept.

This week, I write the eulogy for the campaign of a great man. It’s candidate is the governor of Wisconsin, who was one of the stronger candidates for the Republican party and whose respectable positions made him a personification of the middle ground dialogue within the GOP.

Jokes aside, it was really difficult to see Gov. Scott Walker as a serious candidate because he did not stand out as a candidate. 

Walker seems like a lesser version of Jeb Bush in his criticism of Donald Trump; before, he seemed like a lesser version of Trump in his call to build the “Great Wall” across the Canadian border as well. 

But being the lesser version of other Republican candidates seems to be the story of Walker in terms of his walk into and out of the presidential spotlight.

He was slightly in the middle of the typical moderate Bush and the anti-establishment candidates in Trump and Ted Cruz. He never had particularly strong opinions. Upon looking up his greatest moments on America’s favorite search engine, Google, you will find that it was during his second debate appearance when he called out Trump.

“We don’t need another apprentice in the White House,” Walker said. “We already have one.” 

It was a pretty sick way to burn both Obama and Trump at the same time, but even for the moment, the sentiments were unoriginal. Most Republican candidates were making jabs at Trump, and all Republican candidates are making jabs at Obama.

Couple this with the number of columns now criticizing his lack of good organization behind the scenes, and the common person would say that he was never coming together and was never going to win for that reason. 

The mistake in that is missing the third prong of the story: the big money following his big poll numbers. 

Back in April, his polling numbers were higher than those at the height of Bush. Investors came to see hope in such a candidate and gave him millions, though in the form of a super PAC. 

Therefore, they were unable to pay for his flights and staffers, and he had to rely on a smaller base of supporters to give him donations less than $2,700.

As he had fallen out of favor in terms of keeping people with him, so too did his hopes of continuing in a substantial manner.

But I would note what Walker said as he laid the campaign to its proverbial coffin: “I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. … I encourage others to consider doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner.”

In a field with so many candidates, Walker (whether consulted by one of the other candidates or not) is trying to mobilize the other Republicans for a more united front against Trump’s message. 

The GOP needs to make sure that Trump does not get too much momentum so as to win the primary and represent the Republicans in the general election. 

This attempt is to make Walker seem like a martyr to the GOP, dropping out for the good of some other candidate.

Walker’s campaign could not recover from its mistakes. Perhaps next time around, Walker’s team can figure out his message and push with a staggering amount of authority, but for now, rest in peace.