Scott Walker More Afraid Of Iowa GOP Than ISIS?
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 18, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made headlines when he claimed at CPAC that his experience standing up to unions prepared him to deal with ISIS. The comments were not met with much acclaim for a multitude of reasons not the least of which was the apparent comparison of union workers with bloodthirsty terrorists.
But the message Walker was trying to send with the claim was clear – he is tough and does not buckle under pressure. Which makes his recent move to fire his campaign’s online communications director for questioning Iowa’s role in the presidential primary system rather problematic.
The aide, Republican strategist Liz Mair, was forced to resign a day after she was selected by Walker to lead his online communication efforts because she tweeted that an event featuring Iowa Congressman Steve King was “embarrassing” and that “The sooner we remove Iowa’s front-running status, the better off American politics and policy will be.”
Unfortunately for her, the Iowa GOP feel entitled to the luxurious benefits they get from their front-running status and protested the comments and demanded Walker fire her – shortly thereafter, Walker caved.
On Tuesday, Iowa GOP Jeff Kaufmann told the AP that Mair’s statements were “not only incorrect, they’re rather juvenile, they’re naive, they’re ignorant.” Kaufmann said he wanted Mair to apologize and learn more about Iowa or “I’d send her packing.”
Walker senior aide Rick Wiley acknowledged Mair’s departure in a statement: “We accept those who have a variety of viewpoints on issue, but what we ultimately must have is absolute respect for people across the country.”
Looks like Scott Walker is good at standing up to peaceful protesters but when it comes to his friends he gets weak in the knees and folds like a cheap suit. It’s easy to oppose your opposition, it takes character to withstand pressure from your own side – something Scott Walker needs to develop in a hurry if he wants to get through a presidential primary.