It is sometimes difficult to watch as two children banter back and forth. Usually, a very clever child is making the less quick-witted, if not smarter child look silly. It is painful because we have all been in that situation when our mind just fails to produce the needed information. We find it all but impossible to remember anything funny they have done. We can make no connections and when we think we have come up with something it falls flat. Well, this kind of happened to Scott Walker at CPAC.
At CPAC, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was going to have another knockout speech in front of conservatives and national media. A ballroom that rarely reached capacity was out of chairs, with extra Walker fans and Walker-curious conservatives leaning against the walls. Then, after getting a friendly question about how he’d handle ISIS, Walker went overboard.
Walker was set to do well for many reasons. First, he has had very recent victories in his political career. These victories have made him the darling of the conservatives in the GOP. He has also gained momentum over the last few weeks. Walker has seemed to be able to do no wrong in speeches and interviews. He has remained calm and has answered all detractions. Then there was Thursday night.
Bloomberg further reports
“I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil,” Walker said. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
It went over well in the room in which it was said, but many were very unhappy at being compared to ISIS. Walker had every reason to think that this would go over fine as he said something very similar in a NY speech.
After getting some heat, he sought to minimize the damage, he told Bloomberg.
“My point was just, if I could handle that kind of a pressure and kind of intensity, I think I’m up for the challenge for whatever might come, if I choose to run for president,”
This may be true. It might have been that he was comparing the two as to the pressure they bring. He might have been seeking to make the same move that his hero, Reagan made. According to Bloomberg, Reagan said something very similar in his first campaign for president. In fact, this is exactly what Laura Ingram brought up on the air.
“My friend Craig Shirley reminded me of this,” said Ingraham, citing the historian of Ronald Reagan’s presidential bids. “In 1980, Ronald Reagan was campaigning—I think it was before the New Hampshire primary—and he said, I know how to deal with the Soviets. I can bring them to the negotiating table. After all, I had to deal with the old studio chiefs in Hollywood. And the media, just like they did with Scott Walker, went after him. Oh, how could he compare dealing with the studio heads? And Ronald Reagan basically said, ‘I have a sense of humor, and you don’t.'”
At any rate, the reason so many are making so much of this “gaffe” is because they simply have nothing else to say. Walker has managed himself well. If the trend continues, the media will have little ammo to use against him.