Scott Walker dropped his bid for Republican Presidential nominee today, saying that he was called upon to leave the race to “clear the field” and encouraged other marginal candidates with no shot in hell like himself to do the same, so that the establishment could line up behind a “positive” alternative to Donald Trump.
It’s times like these when I almost want to root for Trump, if only because it’s a stick in the eye of the establishment.
That Walker dropped out is not a surprise. He had virtually no shot in hell and he’d failed to gain any traction with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, who apparently did not care that he managed not to lose a recall election in Wisconsin. He is also surprisingly easy to photograph making the face of a stooge.
A campaign aide for Walker — who dropped out after Twitter backlash in Iowa last March — took to Twitter again to explain why Walker’s campaign failed:
Things he got wrong: Misunderstanding the GOP base, its priorities and stances. Pandering. Flip-flopping.— Liz Mair (@LizMair) September 21, 2015
Becoming so invested in winning, no matter what it took, that he lost sight of his real identity as a political leader.— Liz Mair (@LizMair) September 21, 2015
Treating Iowa as locked down, boasting early of the ability to win even in states like Nevada where winning always looked improbable.— Liz Mair (@LizMair) September 21, 2015
Walker probably should’ve hung on to her.
Meanwhile, Twitter is enjoying the announcement.
We joke about Scott Walker because he looks like the lovechild of white privilege and kale but he's also a dangerous pro-life garbage-human.— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 21, 2015
Say what you will about Scott Walker; but he kept Wisconsin safe from school teachers who wanted fair treatment.— Highly Scatological (@RaisingOneBrow) September 22, 2015
THEY'RE ALL AUTOMATONS CONTROLLED BY DONORS! Walker quits, calls on others to quit, to beat "current front-runner.” http://t.co/ArxznOSWfG— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 22, 2015
OMG! THIS IS CLASSIC TRUMP! ’I LOOK FORWARD’ TO WALKER ‘SUPPORTING MY CAMPAIGN WHEN I AM THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE’ http://t.co/39mVY7jl6m— USC Bobblehead (@DBloom451) September 22, 2015
If Scott Walker had worn a hat like James Spader in The Blacklist, he'd be leading this race. Just one man's opinion pic.twitter.com/AkGyMTP42H— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 21, 2015
Scott Walker's 12 votes or whatever probably went to that pizza rat— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 21, 2015
i mean donald trump’s whole campaign is literally just calling people ugly and losers and no one thought scott walker a better alternative— Greg Howard (@greghoward88) September 21, 2015
I can't wait to see Scott Walker try to bargain collectively with WI to keep his job.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 21, 2015
That awkward moment when Scott Walker destroys his state so he can win the GOP primary and then has to go back and govern it. Oops!— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) September 21, 2015
"Rick Perry & I are developing a chain of combination bakery/flower shops that discriminate against the gays." — Scott Walker— Alex Stein (@coldfootfilms) September 22, 2015
Scott Walker was dumb. That was his problem. Ben Carson is not dumb. Ben Carson is insane. #Inners— Mel Rook (@Mel_Rook) September 22, 2015
Now that Scott Walker and Rick Perry have left the race, the Republican Presidential field has been narrowed down to a mere 867 candidates.