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Published: Thursday, Feb. 13 2014 12:19 p.m. MST

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The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

First and foremost, this newspaper actually sees fit to quote from Glen Beck's rag, "The Blaze"? You couldn't find any quotes from the National Enquirer, and had to sink to the next lower level?

Secondly, why is it that articles about Scott Walker never mention the John Doe investigations that are swirling around Scott Walker? The John Doe I probe dealt with campaign law violations and led to the conviction of 6 people, 4 of whom were associates/appointees of Walker and one of whom was one of his major donors. Now Scott Walker's campaign is at the center of another probe (the John Doe II probe) into criminal activities in the 2011-2012 recall elections.

Does the Deseret News want to push the candidacy of a person with such close personal ties to campaign finance violations?

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

I suspect a union-hating union buster like Walker would have appeal to the retrograde wing of the GOP and to the Deseret News.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Chymist,
The Clinton campaign was found guilty of campaign finance violations. Not just accused by some nobody in the opinion page, but actually proven. They had to pay back the money they got that was traced to China (said they didn't know that's where it came from). But I would be careful about throwing around accusations. Especially if you don't know for sure they are true, and especially if the person you plan to support next election was part of a campaign that had actual finance violations.

That said... I don't think Scott Walker has a chance. The radical left has it out for him seriously (after the tantrum they threw in Wisconsin) which made occupy-wallstreet look like childsplay. Same group, same philosophy, just more extreme in Wisconsin. They actually got violent (occupy wallstreet didn't).

If he runs... the leftists will make fools of themselves protesting, but it will have an impact on the candidate. Nobody wants a President that radical leftists promise they will go to war IF we elect him.

I guess sometimes radical tactics and intimidation work.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

The Republican Party is shot through with anarchists in patriot's clothing. It will be very hard, maybe impossible, for them to nominate a candidate that can actually get elected as president in this country.

First the Republican Party needs to come up with a constructive agenda on immigration, taxes, jobs, foreign policy, military, Social Security, health care, etc., etc. Everything they can agree to advocate so far seems destructive rather than constructive. Knowing they have this weakness reduces them to an eternal defensive posture. They will never get great thinkers or statesmen out of Tea Party districts.

Scott Walker is an okay candidate and has potential, but by the time the election comes, he will have to have said things that make him unacceptable to the greater American electorate.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't see any Republican hopeful who has the charisma to get elected.

Hillary Clinton is our next President, I don't see anybody challenging her (from either party).

Walker isn't up to it IMO.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Walker is duller than dirt. He is not a candidate to get excited about. He could be the Republican Michael Dukakis.

Misterpolitical
Deer Mountain, UT

The continued bashing of Scott Walker is easy to understand. A conservative Republican wins the governorship of Wisconsin, takes the control of the state away from the unions and progressives, then wins a recall election and is about to win the governorship again in one of the most liberal states in the United States. For the most part, he has relieved the state of the huge deficits and because of his conservative ideals and principles, it looks like Wisconsin will be one of the most solvent states in the country. He certainly has the pedigree to be the next President of the United States. He's run a large business, the state of Wisconsin unlike our existing President, who has never owned or operated a business. For that matter, Hillary Clinton, who may run against him in 2016, has no history of ever running a P&L as well. Like many of the majority of the politicians, both liberal and democrat, she is simply a career politician looking for a bigger job.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Misterpolitical. Why would we ever want a President that is a P&L person? We don't run this country for a profit. We run it to ensure the life, liberty, and happiness of it's citizens. In addition a national economy is nothing...let me repeat nothing like a for profit business.

Let me be the first "liberal" to express doubts about the inevitability of Hillary. The Clintons, bless their hearts, do come with a ton of baggage, both within and without the party.

She may be able to get the nomination and be elected because Obama has all ready done the heavy lifting for her (health care, immigration, wars,and all the debt stuff). Plus she could look pretty reasonable against most of the obvious Republicans.

Rubio, and Ryan could be a different story.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

An endorsement of walker is essentially an endorsement of Hillary. Thanks Dnews!

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Misterpolitical,
Walker may do a great job as a Governor, but if you don't wow them on Satruday Night Live and the Letterman show... you don't stand a chance now days.

Now days it counts less that you are a sound leader and governor... What counts to the majority of the voters is... how you look on TV (and how much you promise to expand the programs that will benefit them).

People who propose CUTTING spending, or personal responsibility... are not popular with the majority.

Darmando
Parker, CO

I should think most Democrats would be delighted with a Walker run for the presidency. He might be successful in some primary elections, but the information now coming out about him and his own inflated assessment of his governorship will kill any chance he would have to win national office. We don't know yet if he is just another not yet convicted criminal, but Fox will have its work cut out for it to make him look like a viable candidate. Republicans can and should do better.

Misterpolitical
Deer Mountain, UT

Thank you for weighing in pragmatistferlife. Let me just say, while we don't necessarily run this country for a profit, common sense tells all of us that we want to run the country in such a way that we do not create huge fiscal burdens or losses for future generations. Let me remind you that our current President has built up a bigger deficit than all previous President's in the history of the United States. So, while it's not a profit business, the idea is to break even so that you don't have to keep raising taxes. Scott Walker has proposed to cut property taxes in Wisconsin because of his fiscal success. This is making a profit in my opinion. Tell me what is wrong with that. Let's run the US profitably which would get rid of the national debt which is going on $20 billion; half of which President Obama bears the responsibility.

Misterpolitical
Deer Mountain, UT

Let me correct my previous statement. The national debt is $20 Trillion, not Billion. I wish that I was correct in my previous statement. One last comment pragmatistferlife, I was simply trying to say that balancing the budget is a wonderful thing. Something the Democrats have had such a hard time doing throughout the history of their party.

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