Following the script he followed on the political road to Madison from the Milwaukee County Executive office, Scott Walker tells media in DC that he will not to commit to finishing out a second gubernatorial term as the Presidency calls:
As I wrote the other day:
This newspaper is again reporting that Gov. Walker has Iowa and other national appearances on his schedule, and that previous conservative GOP politicians traveled the same road before their presidential bids.
Walker similarly used the office of Milwaukee County Executive as a springboard to higher office.
He was eyeing the Governor's Mansion from the moment he stepped into the Milwaukee County Executive's office in 2002, ran briefly for Governor executed a strategic, pro-party withdrawal in 2006, then went for it full bore and successfully in 2010 using a simple, consistent message lifted from Grover Norquist's no-taxes/anti-government playbook.
As Governor, Walker refused federal funding for Amtrak and Obamacare-related Medicaid expansions, blew up public sector collective bargaining and embraced privatization of public services and resources.
Everything Walker did when he was Milwaukee County Executive was run through the filter of a potential or ongoing gubernatorial campaig and the same is true with every word he says, every dollar he spends or item he budgets as Governor.
No wonder Walker appeals to CEO's, conservative funders and the fringiest, foot-soldiering 5% of those who thought Donald Trump was for real and went down with Romney and Ryan.
It's a shrinking national base demographically, but one which would enthusiastically finance and enable pre-primary organizing for Walker long before 2016 caucuses and balloting.
Just as they did during Walker's recall campaign last year, or to fund his legal defense fund.
Campaigning for office in presidential cycles is something Walker has been lucky enough to avoid in Wisconsin; nationally it's altogether a different, tougher matter - - just ask Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum or the entire Romney-Ryan effort - - but Walker has positioned himself advantageously for a 2016 run.
When he's not around in Madison from now on you can assume he's in Iowa, New Hampshire and anywhere from DC to Dallas to San Diego where big money Republicans are writing checks.
Because his ambition lines up with the far-right's agendas, too.