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Scott Walker 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Jan 2015 07:54 PM

Liberal pundits looking at potential 2016 presidential candidates may not favor many of the policies Scott Walker helped put in place, but a good number can’t help but be impressed with the Republican governor of Wisconsin.

They admit his victories in two regular elections and a recall make Walker a formidable GOP candidate for the presidential race.

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Kevin Drum in Mother Jones: "He may be bland, and a bad orator, but his bad intent towards conservatism’s enemies is unmistakable," he wrote. "He’s sorta Death by Vanilla, or a great white shark; boring until he rips you apart."

The question is whether this unique combination will excite the voters in general, Drum asked. Despite Walker's faults at public speaking, Drum views Walker as the frontrunner in the GOP race to the White House because he appeals to moderates and tea partiers.

Nate Cohn of the New Republic also says Walker can unite traditional Republicans and the tea party group on the right. "That, combined with Walker’s record as a reformist union-buster, will appeal to the party’s donor base and appease the influential business wing," according to Cohn.

The "battle-hardened governor" has shown his effectiveness in a blue state to make him presidential material. "Equally important, his history of having faced down organized labor and beaten back a liberal recall effort is much more consistent with the sentiment of the modern Republican Party than Jeb Bush’s compassionate conservatism," Cohn wrote.

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John Nichols, writing in the Nation, says that although Walker has been victorious in three grueling campaigns — including the recall election — in just four years, polling has shown the majority of Wisconsin voters don’t want him to campaign for president in 2016.

"If he does make the run, Walker will have to explain why he has not been able to expand his appeal in Wisconsin," Nichols wrote. Walker was re-elected with a slightly lower percentage of the vote than he received in the 2012 recall election.

Joan Walsh, editor at large with Salon, acknowledges that Walker has beaten his opponents three times in four years, but that winning a recall is not exactly a badge of honor.

Walsh claims that "like all the right-wing radicals elected governor in 2010," Walker was not elected or re-elected during a presidential election year. He won the recall in 2012, but voter turnout was lower in the 2014 midterm election.

Ed Schultz, a liberal commentator and MSNBC host, had to admit Walker’s three election victories in four years would make him an impressive 2016 presidential candidate. "This clearly will put him in the national spotlight —and I think it’s going to be hard to keep him off the ticket," Schultz said following Walker’s 2014 re-election victory.

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Liberal pundits looking at potential 2016 presidential candidates may not favor many of the policies Scott Walker helped put in place, but a good number can't help but be impressed with the Republican governor of Wisconsin.
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