April 20, 2015

"We will support whoever the candidate is. But it should be Scott Walker."

Said David Koch of the notorious Koch Brothers.


Tyrone Slothrop said...

Charles and David have wisely agreed with me.

Matt said...

Will be interesting to see how Walker tries to woo the far right and then turn and try to woo the undecided moderates in the general election [provided he can win the GOP nomination].

Mike said...

And the NYT tweets out about this "stunning scoop"! Ha!

PackerBronco said...

Sigh. There go those evil Koch Brothers trying to influence the election again. Shame! Shame!

T J Sawyer said...

Notorious: "famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed."

I assume that the bad deed is refining crude oil into gasoline and other useful products.

Larry J said...

No, the bad deed is giving their money to non-Democrats. Had they given their money to Democrats, they'd be heros.

Matt said...

Larry J

Heroes like George Soros, right?

clarice said...

That makes two of us.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Walker has demonstrated ability to lead a largely "Progressive" polity in a sane direction at a controlled pace.

I would vote for him in 2016.

Everyone else, possibly Rand Paul excepted. would take the wrong direction - just some faster than others. Then it's the Libertarian lever. Better a chaotic ride in the right direction than a continued slow slide to hell.

That, and I think four years of the wildest Libertarian ride imaginable would scarcely undo the damage of Obama, much less the Bush/Clinton years.

Douglas said...

Me, too.

Willow Viney said...

Amen. In a country with Mitt's correctly diagnosed 47% Free Stuff Army, Walker is the only one who has any hope to beat those demographic odds.

Larry J said...

"Blogger Matt said...
Larry J

Heroes like George Soros, right?"

To the Left, when they talk about Soros at all, it isn't in negative terms. There are a lot of rich people who give big donations to the Democrats. I've never heard any of them catch the crap that the Kochs do.

SteveR said...

That's a good sign. The Cruzers are ready to be butt hurt and stay home but HRC may need a turnout miracle to wake the dead.

Saint Croix said...

I wonder if this will result in...

a) bad national press for Scott Walker


b) better press for the Koch brothers

I've heard of Scott Walker forever, of course, but I'll bet most of America has no idea who he is. Hard for me to judge, actually. Is he a "name" governor, like Reagan was?

The NYT might be doing him a favor, in the primaries, by advancing his name recognition.

Saint Croix said...

Also, it's always been odd to cast the Koch brothers as evil right-wing masterminds, when they skew moderate/right (like Walker himself, I think). Maybe this will help the left grow up, when they realize their corporate bogeyman (Koch) and political bogeyman (Cruz) are not aligned.

Decision time for leftists: who is Satan, Cruz or Walker?

Saint Croix said...

The Koch brothers presumably love Walker because of his union-busting. So it's possible that the anti-Walker hysteria, which I thought was limited to Wisconsin, goes national.

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Saint Croix said...

I like Walker about a thousand times more than Christie or Jeb. So if corporate America is wondering which moderate/right Republican to support in order to undermine the Tea Party trio (Paul, Cruz, Rubio), Scott Walker would be that guy.

Path to victory for Walker: corporate donors go all-in on Walker, Tea Party trio splits the Tea Party vote, and foreign policy does not become a major issue on the campaign trail.

Saint Croix said...

WaPo has a follow-up article.

Koch says he's not endorsing Walker (yet).

Also, it sounds like Walker is running in opposition to legal immigration.

Walker says, "the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages."

That's an opening for Rubio and Cruz to really bust him on. Prediction: the Tea Party guys will be nice to each other, but Walker might get some polite-but-sharp criticism about immigration and foreign policy.

Saint Croix said...

Scott Walker
Rand Paul
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
Ben Carson
Carly Florin

For me, these are all dream candidates. Our field is so good we've got magnificent people running for Vice President.

Chris Wallace: "Would you even consider being the running mate?"

Carly Fiorina: ""Well, when you start asking all the other candidates that question, then maybe we'll have that conversation."

Nice article on her at National Review.

Not-so-dream candidates include

Jeb Bush
Lindsey Graham
Chris Christie
Mike Huckabee
Rick Perry

I would love Bobby Jindal to come in, but I don't think he is going to.

Saint Croix said...

Apparently Jeb Bush is dominating the fund-raising.

Interesting how stupid Big Money can be, how they are just wasting dollars on a very bad candidate.

Saint Croix said...

42% of Republicans say they could not support Jeb Bush. Count me in that number. I'm already sick of him, and I've never heard him speak. My antipathy is high.

Jon said...

The Kochs support open borders, and Walker has made statements in the past in which he basically endorsed open borders as well.

But now he seems to have made a rather dramatic reversal:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, pledged to protect American workers from the economic effects, not only of illegal immigration but also of a massive increase in legal immigration…

Walker is now the only potential or declared GOP presidential candidate to discuss the negative effects of a massive increase in legal immigration on American workers:

In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying—the next president and the next congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages, because the more I’ve talked to folks, I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there—but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today—is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.


This is the populist path to victory for the GOP. The Dems and the left are complete hypocrites and frauds on the issue of wage stagnation and income inequality: They pose as the party of the poor and working class, but support a high level of immigration, which creates a loose labor market, inevitably putting downward pressure on wages.

retired said...

Can't win the GOP nomination without supporting a border fence and enforcement.

That said..

Walker/Rubio '16

I don't care who funds them.
HRC is funded by the sunni monarchies and wall st.

kcom said...

"42% of Republicans say they could not support Jeb Bush. Count me in that number. I'm already sick of him, and I've never heard him speak. My antipathy is high."


ken in tx said...

If the Koch's were as devious as they are supposed by some, they would throw their support to the Green Party or the Working Families Party, and split the left--not publicly of course.

mikee said...

The "notorious" Koch brothers?

Notorious for what? Funding, within legal limits, publicly, those political organizations and candidates with whom they find common cause?

What does that make Bill Clinton, who famously seduced an intern in the White House and got a BJ while talking on the phone with a Congressman? Who launched military attacks solely to cover up news about his legal problems?

What does that make Hillary, who famously was fired from her first professional legal job for ethics violations? Who famously had the FBI trump up charges against long-time White House employees to get them fired, to give the jobs as sinecures to friends? Who famously castigated half the country as a conspiracy, for their honest appraisal of her debauched, serially-adulterous husband? Who thinks it didn't matter that she lied, repeatedly, publicly, about the cause of the attack on the Benghazi consulate? Who made her fortune trading her influence for money? Who famously laughed about getting a pedophile off on a technicality?

Notorious Koch brothers? What word remains to describe people like the Clintons?

Todd said...

Yep, that is almost as funny as saying "that notorious Pope Francis".

William Chadwick said...

Those notorious and sinister libertarian billionaires who WANT TO LEAVE YOU ALONE!!!