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Walker Drops Out

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Associated Press and New York Times report, citing unnamed sources.

Walker has reportedly scheduled a news conferred for 6 pm ET in Madison, Wisc.

The New York Times reports that Walker doesn’t have enough money to continue. According to the Times, a supporter said Walker decided “not to limp into Iowa” bereft of cash.

Walker’s fall has been precipitous. After leading for months in Iowa, his numbers declined steadily as Donald Trump entered the race and stole any thunder Walker might have generated. Meantime, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson snatched conservative and moderate support that might have gone to the Wisconsin governor. On April 1, he topped Jeb Bush as the front-runner, 17.3 percent to 17 percent. Now he’s at just 1.8 percent on the RealClearPolitics average.

Walker’s performances in the two debates so far also failed to distinguish him from the pack and generate passion among his supporters.

Koch Brothers Choose Walker

The fabulously wealthy and politically generous conservative brothers Charles and David Koch appear to have settled on Scott Walker as their candidate of choice, potentially a huge boon to the Wisconsin governor as he competes for funding and votes against fellow Republicans.

From the New York Times:

On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House.

“We will support whoever the candidate is,” said Mr. Koch, according to two people who attended the event. “But it should be Scott Walker.”

The remark — made before dozens of top New York donors who had gathered to hear Mr. Walker speak at the Union League Club — could effectively end one of the most closely watched contests in the “invisible primary,” a period where candidates crisscross the country seeking not the support of voters but the blessing of their party’s biggest donors and fund-raisers.

With the Koch Brothers primary now apparently over, the pressure is on for candidates to win the as-yet undecided Adelson primary, which will decide who taps the bulging coffers of the pro-Israel conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

The Contemptibly Cautious Mr. Romney

Amid much talk about the White House distancing itself from Tuesday’s recall vote, it’s worth noting the other candidate for the presidency who did the same Wisconsin avoidance dance.

That would be Mitt Romney, who doesn’t seem to understand the significance of what happened in Wisconsin, or doesn’t care enough to have risked putting a dog in the fight.

The Wisconsin battle was everything Romney says his presidency is supposed to be about – taking on entrenched interests in order to cut the size of government and the deficit. Yet he hasn’t campaigned in Wisconsin in two months, according to ABC News, and it’s not clear what if anything he did to help Republican Gov. Scott Walker achieve his victory over repeat challenger Tom Barrett.

If Romney thinks he’s going to win this campaign by being cautious and not waging a principled crusade for conservative values, he’s badly mistaken. What Walker proved – as if it needed more proving – is that voters, even Democrats and independents, will respond to a compelling conservative candidate.

There was another hint of Romney’s devotion to perceived practicality over principle in his response to criticism of his appearance last week with Donald Trump, who continues to think President Obama might have been born in Africa. Said Romney:

You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me, and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.

The 50.1 percent remarks was rightly ridiculed by David Axelrod:

I think Mitt Romney will do what he thinks is good for Mitt Romney. He wants Donald Trump’s money and therefore he’ll tolerate whatever Donald Trump has to say.

Frighteningly, Axelrod may have it about right. Romney’s “need to get to 50.1 percent” is the statement of a political hack, not a conservative – or a liberal – leader.

If Romney thinks he win on tactics instead of a grand strategic theme, he can ask John McCain about his success getting to 50.1 percent against Obama.

Carney: Barrett Loses in Wisconsin? No Prob!

The White House today continued to distance President Obama from the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall race as if the whole thing were a pile of steaming . . . cabbage, suggesting Republicans are buying a potential win for Republican Gov. Scott Walker and anyway Obama has better things to do.

“A race where one side is outspending the other by a ratio of at least 8 to 1 probably won’t tell us much about a future race,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “I know the president is aware of the election. I think he’s got some other responsibilities.”

Obama signalled his support for Walker’s challenger, Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, in grand fashion Monday – by Tweeting it.

Uhhh boy. They must be pretty sure they’re going to lose this one. Obama has hopscotched all around the Midwest – he was in Chicago just this past Saturday – but avoided appearing in Wisconsin to campaign with Barrett.

If Barrett loses, the White House points to greedy rich people and says it means nothing for November. And if he wins – it’s a sign of things to come in November!

Because that’s how the spin machine spins.