The Scott Walker Interview

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from Limbaugh Letter,

The pathway to win the center isn’t to move to the center; it’s to lead“.

… the interview that is current in the at-present issue of the Limbaugh Letter is Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin. You know, if you’re regular listener, I think that what he’s done in Wisconsin is the blueprint for what the Republican Party could do to come back and triumph all over this country. I think it’s the story. Scott Walker has stuck to every pledge. Look what he did.

In the bluest of blue states, he took on the public teachers unions. He has created — via policy, not economic gimmicks — a $1 billion budget surplus, in this day and age. The unemployment number in Wisconsin is far below the national unemployment rate. You know how the Democrats and the left three times tried to destroy this guy. Not just his political career. They tried to end his professional career in politics in toto.

There were physical threats.

There were physical threats against his family.

It was brutal.

.. his legislature [left] the state a couple of times, in cowardly fashion, to avoid votes, and he hung in there. I was always amazed that what happened with Scott Walker and his success there did not become more of a template, and actually not become more of a news story for the Republican Party. It’s profound. It is the blueprint, and it’s Reaganesque. It shows that it can be done.

It shows that the Democrats can be beat and the media can be beat, with ideas and with stick-to-itiveness, with commitment, with passion, with inspiration. Simply be optimistic. It can happen because it did.

Here’s a pull quote from the Scott Walker interview: “The pathway to win…” The whole interview, by the way, you really should see it. “The pathway to win the center isn’t to move to the center; it’s to lead. Because most people who are undecided or persuadable voters aren’t necessarily looking for a candidate they agree with on every issue. They want people willing to do what they say they’re gonna do and boldly lead.”

Do you realize that may sound simple? “What’s so hot about that, Rush? That’s kind of a ho-hummer.” No, it’s not, because the current thinking in the Republican Party is that to win the center you’ve gotta move left. That’s the current thinking of the Republican Party. “To win the center, we’ve gotta be pro-amnesty. To win the center, we’ve gotta somehow back off on the social issues!

“To win the center, we can’t be worried about the budget because Americans want a Big Government. We have to, instead, position ourselves as better stewards of it.” Scott Walker didn’t do any of that in vanquishing the left in Wisconsin. He didn’t do any of that. The pathway to win the center isn’t to move to the center; it’s to lead. Stand for things.

Because he correctly has identified who these undecideds are and what it takes to reach them, and he’s proven he knows how to do it.

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