Walker flailing on ISIS

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker revealed over and over again at CPAC yesterday that he’s not up to the task of confronting ISIS and doesn’t understand the threat. How bad was it? Even Rick Perry and the National Review thought he went too far.

First, Walker compared thousands of middle class Wisconsinites who protested his destructive policies to ISIS terrorists.

Then, trying to do damage control, he said that no, he didn’t meant to compare the two, but that the intensity was similar.

After that failed, he changed his story again, trotting out a spokesperson to try and cover up his failure to grasp the situation.

Finally, in a taped interview with Sean Hannity, Walker compared ISIS to a computer virus.

Maybe he should go back to punting. After all, better to keep one’s mouth closed and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

MEMO/VIDEO: Floundering Republican Candidates Are Desperate To Right The Ship At CPAC

​To: Interested Parties

From: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Re: Floundering Republican Candidates Are Desperate To Right The Ship At CPAC

It’s CPAC time. That means thousands of Republicans are descending on National Harbor over the next few days. And at this rate, it seems that about half of them will run for president. Now all they need is one viable candidate.

The 2016 Republican presidential primary began unexpectedly early, when Jeb Bush made the December declaration that he was “actively exploring” a run at the White House, accelerating his rivals’ timeline in the process. Maybe they shouldn’t have jumped the gun. If the last couple months have shown us anything, it’s how wildly unprepared for primetime this cast of presidential hopefuls truly are.

Bush’s nascent campaign has been marred by one misstep after the next, from abject vetting failures to cringeworthy speeches to revelations about his problematic financial ties. […]

VIDEO: Scott Walker: The Fringe Candidate

The good news for Gov. Scott Walker is that a new poll shows him right in the mix of what promises to be a dogfight for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news for the GOP is that Walker, the party’s would-be flag-bearer, is quickly proving himself a fringe candidate. The governor has spent February delighting the most radical wing of the GOP as he refused to answer simple questions, like whether evolution is real or Barack Obama is a Christian. In the media, his gutlessness has yielded him a major headache.

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Christie’s Budget Address Highlights Terrible Track Record

Chris Christie’s team got one thing right when they released this hopped-up movie trailer for this afternoon’s address: his budget is sure to be a disaster.

From the news that Gov. Christie broke the law with his $1.6 billion cut to pension payments to his record of eight credit downgrades and new questions about the impact of the more than $5 billion he’s given away in corporate subsidies, it’s clear New Jersey is stuck footing the bill for Gov. Christie’s presidential politics.

Frontrunner to Fringe: Scott Walker’s Tumble

Just a couple weeks ago, it looked like Scott Walker had catapulted himself to frontrunner status in what remains a comically crowded and flawed Republican primary field. But we quickly learned that Walker isn’t quite ready for primetime.

Since being dubbed the leader of the GOP pack, Scott Walker has managed to marginalize his candidacy with an astounding display of gutlessness. First, he was asked flatly if he believed in evolution, and refused to answer. Then, he stood beside Rudy Giuliani as the former mayor raised racially-tinged questions about Barack Obama’s patriotism. Asked point-blank, Scott Walker was not willing to concede that the president of the United States of America in fact loves America.

Then, Walker took his act one step further when he claimed not to know whether Barack Obama was a Christian because he’s “never asked him” that. Perhaps Walker was inspired by his meeting earlier last week […]

London Falling: Walker Stumbles Across The Pond

For the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls, this was the second calamitous London trip in as many weeks. Last week found New Jersey Governor Chris Christie repeatedly putting his foot in his mouth during what was supposed to be a lay-up of a foreign visit.

Likely as a result of Christie’s Britain implosion, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker chose to take a different approach while across the pond this week, dodging questions on evolution and foreign policy. What better way to honor President Lincoln’s birthday than by being proof positive of his famous adage: “Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Governor Walker somehow managed to do both — remain silent on the tough questions, but remove all doubt that that plan was utterly foolish. Rather than spell it out for you ourselves, we’re going to take a page out of Walker’s book and “punt on that one.” See for yourself what the headlines had to say about Walker’s trip to Britain…

Jeb Bush, Who Opposed The Auto Bailout, Set To Roll Out Economic Vision In Detroit

Jeb Bush is set to unveil his economic vision of “reform conservatism” in Detroit this morning. It’s an ironic if not insulting decision considering Bush flatly opposed the auto bailout, assailing it as “a form of capitalism where the government intervenes in a very muscular kind of way.” Of course, the former Lehman Brothers consultant and Barclays Capital adviser didn’t feel the same way about the bank bailouts.

The truth is, this the only economic vision Jeb Bush has subscribed to throughout his career:

Rand’s New Senior Adviser Oversaw A 19th Century Party Platform

Rand Paul is moving forward on his presidential pipe dream, but his vision for America is hauntingly backwards. Look no further than his campaign’s newly minted senior adviser, former Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri.

Under Munisteri’s leadership, the Republican Party of Texas established an official party platform last year that endorses reparative therapy for homosexuals; urges the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, the 17th Amendment (direct election of US Senators), and the minimum wage; offers support for nullification of federal laws and the immediate privatization of Social Security; and encourages “dispelling the myth of separation of church and state.”

Rand Paul continues to try to paint himself as the Republican candidate who can broaden the party’s appeal — a remedy the GOP desperately needs. But when you move past his charade, it’s the same ol’ movie… Honey, I Shrunk The Tent.

Must Read: Rand Paul — Lying To Attack The Poor, Lying To Defend The Kochs

Rand Paul might be the most truth-averse candidate in the country, and his lies tell you a lot about his priorities. In the last week, Rand Paul has been rebuked for wrongfully attacking people on disability, and for making false claims about fraud in the Earned Income Tax Credit program, which is crucial for working families.

But while he unfairly assails low-income Americans, there’s one group of people he’s happy to disingenuously defend: the Koch brothers. Paul heaped praise on them Tuesday, painting them as heroic victims who have never asked for a favor from government. But for guys who don’t want any favors from government, they sure do spend an insane amount of money paying lobbyists to ask for favors from government.