Paul’s paranoid populism is appealing to cable news, AM radio and Tea Partiers. And the monied interests that power the GOP love to see Paul dive-bombing into Clinton, but they know supporting a Paul candidacy would make 2016 look more like 2008 or 1964, a landslide that will set their movement back decades.
To win the White House, the GOP’s funders know they probably need a Bush or a plain-brand midwest Republican who can win a few blue states.
That’s why Larry Sabato’s renowned Crystal Ball sees the GOP’s top 2016 frontrunner as — you’re not going to believe this — Scott Walker (R-WI).
Walker promised to deliver 250,000 new jobs… instead he delivered about half that, along with a union-crushing, high-speed-rail-rejecting, Koch-loving assault on liberal values that drove his state from 11th to 44th in job creation.
New evidence suggests Walker’s secretive Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), which was supposed to create jobs, but has instead been acting as a piggybank for Walker’s cronies.
Madison’s The Cap Times called for an investigation into the WEDC, adding “[W]e think the greatest outrage should be reserved for the failure on the part of Walker and his appointees to bring even a minimal level of seriousness to the task of job creation.”
Despite this, Walker is still appealing to national Republicans, according to the Crystal Ball, for the following reasons:
—Midwest GOP gov. in Obama state
—Heroic conservative credentials
—Shown political durability
Basically, they love him because Democrats hate him — the chief credential for any GOP candidate.
Though Walker was able to withstand a recall by running against the idea of a recall, with his supporters massively outspending his opponents, he may not seek re-election in 2014.
Thus he’d retain the glow of defeating the left twice and not have to move to the center. This would position him to begin running for president about a year after Paul, Rubio and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have all begun to do so.
The GOP is stuck with either the increasingly nutty rantings of paranoiacs who see UN conspiracies everywhere — Paul and Cruz — or the chief purveyors of failed economic policies — Walker and Paul Ryan (R-WI).
(Or they can pick Rubio, whom half their party is trying to destroy for supporting immigration reform — or Chris Christie (R-NJ), who is about as popular with GOP primary voters as Michelle Obama.)
With this wealth of terrible options, you can bet that the GOP will continue harping on Benghazi endlessly, even though, as Democratic consultant Tom Bowen said, “The idea that one of the most popular secretaries of state to serve this country will be damaged by revisions of ‘talking points’ is foolhardy.”
Still, when the GOP is in doubt, nothing brings them together like attacking a Clinton.
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