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Question of the Day
The recall, the demonstrations, the rogue charm? It will be on book shelves in the fall. Here comes “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” penned by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But wait. A memoir of intent such as this could equal White House aspirations.
“This book tells the dramatic story of how one brave leader drove real change in his state, and what the rest of the country can learn from him. It’s not just a memoir, it’s a call to action,” says Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Sentinel Books, the conservative imprint of publishing giant Penguin Group. Marc Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is the co-writer, incidentally. And there is plenty to write about. Mr. Walker eliminated Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit through budget reforms and by limiting the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, incurring the wrath of “liberals all over America,” the publisher says.
Mr. Walker stood his ground and attracted support in Wisconsin and beyond, ultimately emerging as the first governor in American history to survive a recall election — elected twice during his first term in office. And, oh yes, he’s going to Iowa. The governor is the keynote speaker at the upcoming Polk County Republican Dinner in Des Moines in mid-May, to be introduced by Gov. Terry Brandstad himself.
“Gov. Walker’s appearance is sure to elicit speculation about a potential 2016 presidential bid,” observes Kevin Hall, a contributor to the Iowa Republican.
CARSON, CONSERVATIVE DREAM
Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is retiring from his medical practice in just over three months, which leaves many adoring fans asking a single question. Run for office now? Please? After all, Dr. Carson inspired The Wall Street Journal to demand he be nominated for president after a single speech at a prayer breakfast. But a bustling campaign is not in the forecast.
“People keep trying to put me into politics, and I really don’t want to do it. I don’t believe in political correctness, and I certainly don’t believe in getting into bed with special-interest groups. I just don’t think I would fit,” Dr. Carson told CNBC on Tuesday. And to The Washington Post, he suggested that a broadcast perch might be more suitable.
The vignette illustrates that conservatives still seek the standard bearer of their dreams. No one would begrudge Dr. Carson if he went on TV to have his say, points out HotAir senior editor Ed Morrissey.
“However, it does point up a problem that the conservative movement has had for as long as I can remember: a deep-seated need to find a conservative savior delivered by a Deus ex machina apparatus, free from any stain of political compromise and track record in office,” Mr. Morrissey says, adding that folks were eager to back the good doctor, “even before anyone found out what exactly Carson believed, which ended up in the case of gun control to produce a little chagrin in the other direction.”
Mr. Morrissey concludes, “Dr. Carson seems like a fine man and a good speaker. But before we start anointing people as leaders of the conservative movement, maybe we should make sure that they want to lead in that direction, and that they have an interest in rolling up their sleeves and doing the heavy lifting necessary.”
“One Nation, under Surveillance.”
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Still seeking a practical approach, FreedomWorks has just launched the “New Fair Deal,” meant to attract lawmakers interested in ending corporate handouts, crafting a flatter tax code, passing real spending reform — all the things that grass-roots fiscal conservatives adore, in other words.
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