For most of the last two years, you couldn't pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV news or open a political blog in Wisconsin without reading or seeing a Walker story as the lede - - other than those crazy days when David Prosser either snapped or recused himself into the headlines.
But of late? Walker shapeshifted from the Desperado to the Disappeared, save for a few minutes there when he thought he needed to make an endorsement in the GOP primary to help voters choose which guy in a dark suit and red tie was right-wing enough to make an acceptable RoJo sidekick.
But now Paul Ryan has leap-frogged over Walker nationally as the latest, greatest Republican Cheesehead of them all, and beginning tonight, either Eric Hovde or Tommy Thompson (my head says Hovde, my heart says Tommy) will get the lion's share of the media's attention about Republicans in-state between now and November.
Leaving Walker to live out the summer and fall in relative obscurity.
Of course, as a certified Wisconsin Young Gun, we'll see him on-stage for a cameo at the GOP Convention, hailed, nay worshipped, as the Great Union-Slayer, but after the cheering dies down he'll be but a bit player, an extra in the rest of the Romney-Ryan drama in Tampa, ...unless...
...John Doe comes a-callin', upending Scott Walker's low-visibility summer off, putting him back in the news again, and forcing the other Young Guns - - Ryan and Reince Priebus - - to spin their way clear or become collateral damage.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012