Walker’s Collapse Isn’t Trump’s Fault

It was only June when Scott Walker announced his formal intention to run for the presidency. His presidential bid was no surprise; the announcement was preceded by months of speculation and scrutiny. Walker was, after all, the prospective frontrunner in the GOP’s 2016 field. More so than any other candidate in the race, Walker had established a record of accomplishment in office. He had survived three statewide elections in the space of just four years, and had undergone the press vetting and built up the national fundraising network that accompanies such feats. Walker was the candidate to beat. On September 21, Scott Walker dropped out of the race. What couldn’t be accomplished in three years by an army of Democrats and all the money and muscle big labor could muster, the Republican primary voting base achieved in three months. But while it might be tempting to blame the Walker campaign’s implosion on the rise of Trump and political media’s myopic focus on the celebrity candidate, this would be a mistake. Like Rick Perry, Walker is primarily to blame for his collapse.

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