GOVERNOR Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who today ended his Republican presidential campaign after a brutal collapse in his polling numbers, liked to present himself as the new Ronald Reagan. He dedicated his departure from the race to his idol, saying that the optimistic party of Reagan was being dragged into a contest of “personal attacks” by the “current frontrunner”, also known as the property tycoon Donald Trump. His direct inspiration came from God, Mr Walker added at a press conference in Madison. “While I was sitting in church yesterday, the pastor's words reminded me that the Bible is full of stories about people who were called to be leaders in unusual ways.
Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” he said, also mentioning his hope that others would follow his example.
In a typical election season, seeking Reagan’s mantle is shrewd Republican politics. Every four years Republicans dream of winning the White House without having to sacrifice many (or any) of their conservative principles. For this,...Continue reading