Skewed News — In a noble move marked by patriotism and self-sacrifice in service to the American people, Scott Walker is dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Walker, the right-wing Republican who drew national attention by targeting unions representing state workers and surviving a recall campaign mounted by outraged supporters of labor, appears to have undergone a radical political reassessment. Until recently, he had campaigned as an unrepentant fan of free markets and their tendency to leave working people underpaid and/or unemployed while toiling endless hours for oppressive employers. Now, however, he says that capitalism has let him down.
“The short answer is money,” a Walker insider told The New York Times. “He’s made a decision not to limp into Iowa.”
There is no word at this writing whether he will join the campaign of self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.
What is certain is that, whatever else happens in the 2016 race for president, it can only benefit from the absence of Scott Walker, whom the Times described as “lackluster and short of charisma.”
Other beneficiaries will include people born in the United States to foreign-born parents, who under a Walker Administration would have been rendered stateless by the elimination of “birthright citizenship,” even though it’s guaranteed by some Constitutional amendment or another, and Canadians attempting to sneak into the United States, who — if they exist — would have been blocked by a border wall.
In a broader sense, Walker’s departure comes as a service to the GOP, which has been trying to make inroads with Latino voters. The withdrawal of an unrepentant bigot and nativist removes one more impediment toward that goal.
On a national level, Walker symbolized the political class’ contempt for ordinary working Americans. The collapse of his campaign — polls showed him in the less than single digits, with just a fraction of one percent of Republicans supporting him — will help beleaguered workers fight for representation against their avaricious employers.
Walker was also a ferocious warmonger who threatened military action, possibly against Iran, on Day One of his presidency. The international community, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who might have been killed by a Walker war against Iran or another adversary, can breathe a sigh of relief at his courageous decision, which moves the world closer to peace.
All that remains for Walker to do now is to resign as governor.