Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's once-unstoppable presidential campaign is now "on the ropes" and "fighting Rick Perry for that deck chair on the Titanic," thanks to mismanagement and a lack of focus, the conservative political blog RedState.com says.
In an article titled, "The mystery of Scott Walker cratering is no mystery," RedState.com says Walker's ongoing gaffes have his campaign "sucking swamp water" with a lackluster 5.8 percent of the vote in recent polls.
"On subjects like immigration and foreign policy, it seems clear Walker is less a lifelong student of world affairs and more a kid who's just realized he'll flunk out if he doesn't start cramming," RedState.com says.
"For Wisconsinites accustomed to Walker's dominance, his fall from glory nationally has been disorienting and out of character."
Walker, the blog says, is in "free fall," nationally dropping from first place in April to sixth place this week — barely ahead of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and in Iowa, a staggering 20 points behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
Rep. Reid Ribble, a Wisconsin Republican, tells RedState.com that Walker has made a haphazard push to the right on immigration, despite having once supported citizenship for illegal aliens.
"I think Scott is struggling deep inside with what his position is. He is not in his center yet. At some point he will figure out what he actually believes," Ribble, a friend of Walker, told the blog.
RedState.com is also critical for Walker's waffling on the migration of more than 300,000 refugees fleeing to Europe to escape war in Syria.
"Walker won't say whether the United States should open its doors to absorb more of the migrants … [arguing] it would be hypothetical for him to do so since he is not currently the president," RedState.com says.
The blog blames high-level GOP consultants for confusing the Walker campaign.
"As the Walker campaign gained prominence, the big name RNC consultants, people who have no loyalty to much of anything, began descending upon Walker's organization like a bunch of vultures to toss out Walker loyalists and replace them with the inbred and incestuous little group of professional RNC consultants," RedState.com says.
"We see this over and over. Whenever a candidate looks like they have a good shot at winning a federal race, they are beset with big name consultants with national clout who push aside the candidate's inner circle and set about to play Henry Higgins to the candidate's Eliza Doolittle ..."
"Do we really think Scott Walker hasn't figured out what he believes? Or do we think it is more likely that the tight little group of RNC cronies have played a significant role in this dog's breakfast of gaffes and mixed messages."
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