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Scott Walker Obviously Isn’t Too Happy With The Romney Campaign

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker clearly isn’t happy about how things are going over at Team Romney lately:

Echoing his sentiment from a Friday interview, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday he wants to see “more passion” from Mitt Romney and more of the enthusiasm he witnessed when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was first tapped by the former governor to be his running mate.

“I want to see fire in the belly,” Walker said of Romney on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that he wants to see the Republican nominee “lit up and ready to go.”

“I think you’ve got to get off the heels and get out and charge forward,” the Wisconsin governor also said.

Walker made similar comments on Friday:

In an interview with Charlie Sykes, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan should have a more substantive role in Mitt Romney’s campaign.

“I was enthused when Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan because I thought that was a signal that this guy was getting serious, he was getting bold,” Walker said. “I just haven’t seen that kind of passion I know that Paul has transferred over to our nominee.” The governor suggested that “pushback from some of the folks in the national campaign” was restraining the Wisconsin congressman from making detailed policy arguments.

Walker also suggested that while Romney was in sync with Ryan on policy, he could learn something from his running mate about how to talk about it. “They need to have more of him rub off on Mitt, because I think Mitt thinks that way but he’s gotta be able to articulate that,” he said.

Things are not going well for the Romney campaign, and Republicans are starting to notice.

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Comments

  1. Me Me Me says:

    Meanwhile, Obama was actually campaigning in Wisconsin on Saturday. 18,000 people came out – in the rain – to see him.

    Romney should counter by having an event in Delaware next Saturday. Could he even draw 1,800?

    And why is it since putting boy wonder on the ticket Wisconsin has swung toward Obama? Even Rasmussen has Obama at +3 in the state; NBC says +5; PPP says +7.

    Incidentally, would you like to know where Romney was on Saturday while Obama was drinking Ryan’s milkshake? You guessed it: behind closed doors with plutocrat donors once again.

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  2. Markey says:

    “They need to have more of him rub off on Mitt, ”
    ——————
    *laughs*

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  3. PJ says:

    Scott Walker has been duped by all those lying liberal polls. According to every poll adjusted by conservatives, Romney got a huge lead!

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  4. Dan says:

    I am not an American and I don’t live in America but it is very obvious to me that Mitt Romney is a complete phoney. It was obvious to me when he first ran for president about five or six years ago. He is completely inauthentic and add to that, he is also deceitful and grossly incompetent. I am very puzzled that he is doing as well as he is going in the polls. I am even more puzzled that political leaders are advocating for Americans to vote for him, even though they are his fellow Republicans. Why can’t they put country before party? Aren’t they patriots? What possible good can come out of Romney being POTUS?

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  5. al-Ameda says:

    Walker also suggested that while Romney was in sync with Ryan on policy, he could learn something from his running mate about how to talk about it. “They need to have more of him rub off on Mitt, because I think Mitt thinks that way but he’s gotta be able to articulate that,” he said.

    Translation: “The wrong guy is at the top of the ticket.”

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  6. Me Me Me says:

    @al-Ameda: So presumeably we’ll get Palin+Ryan as co-presidential candidates in 2016 and the base will have endless orgasms.

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  7. al-Ameda says:

    @Me Me Me:

    @al-Ameda: So presumeably we’ll get Palin+Ryan as co-presidential candidates in 2016 and the base will have endless orgasms.

    A very good reason to invest in Dry Cleaning Futures.

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  8. Mr. Replica says:

    Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol says that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is going to have a tough time winning if the election is a referendum on President Barack Obama’s first term.

    “They need to focus on the next four years,” the conservative columnist told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict.”

    “Bush was president during the financial meltdown, the Obama team has turned that around pretty well,” he explained. “He’s got to make it a referendum on the choice about the next four years, and explain what Obama would do over the next four years that would be bad for the country and what he would do would be good for the country.”

    Kristol added that President Barack Obama had been “rattled” on foreign policy.

    “Voters are watching, turning on the TV. Embassies are being burned, there are demonstrations in Pakistan. What’s going on there? Why is it happening? What can the next president do about this? Romney should answer that question,” Kristol pointed out.

    “If they just go back to mindlessly reminding people for the 5,000th time, ‘Guess what? The economy’s not great,’ they will waste the next 10 days.”

    Raw Story (http://s.tt/1o8n4)

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  9. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Me Me Me: Meanwhile, Obama was actually campaigning in Wisconsin on Saturday. 18,000 people came out – in the rain – to see him.

    According to Breitbart, Obama managed to cram those 18,000 people in a venue rated for 5,000 — and still had empty seats. The man is Magic.

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  10. A good roundup and linkfest is here:

    The real Mitt Romney finally stands up

    Republicans have put themselves in a spot. Re. Dan’s question though, certainly party loyalists will stick with the GOP through thick and thin.

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  11. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @john personna: I have a simple rule towards the Kossacks, and those who quote them approvingly:

    “Screw them.”

    Here’s another portrait of Romney, from the other side.

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  12. @Jenos Idanian #13:

    I know that some people chide you or Jan for quoting a far-left site, but I don’t think I’ve ever done that.

    And, I don’t think the article I just linked is terribly far in the opposite direction. It is mostly a compendium of general news sources, including comments from “center and right” observers on … dare I say Mitt’s follies?

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  13. oops, I got one of my “lefts” and “rights” reversed there.

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  14. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @john personna: You say you went swimming in a cesspool and found a diamond? Good for you. Just don’t expect me to dive in and look around, or want to handle your “prize.” Kos is loathsome scum, and those who choose to associate with him… no thanks.

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  15. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @john personna: I was reading your comment and wanted to shout, “no, your OTHER right!”

    If that’s the dumbest thing you do today, you’re about seven steps ahead of me.

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  16. wr says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13: “Kos is loathsome scum, and those who choose to associate with him… no thanks. ”

    Uh-huh. Except unlike you, he actually had the guts to join the military, instead of hiding under his couch and demanding that other people die to fulfill your toy soldier fantasies.

    You are actually not worthy to type his name. But then, you’re also not worthy to type your own name, apparently. Unless you were christened Jay Jenos Hoot Gibson.

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  17. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @wr: Unless you were christened Jay Jenos Hoot Gibson.

    That’s EXACTLY what it says on my birth certificate. The Kenyan long-form one, that is.

    So, Kos is one of your heroes? That explains so much. I’ve always thought of you as a bit of a dung-fly, and Kos certainly fits the description of a dung-pile.

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  18. @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Is also The American Conservative? They are reporting:

    A Democratic Swing

    I’m finding a lot I like at that site this evening. They aren’t happy with the Romney campaign nor the movement conservatives who are driver and last support in all this mess.

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  19. jukeboxgrad says:

    jenos:

    a venue rated for 5,000

    Link:

    THE BMO HARRIS PAVILION

    Milwaukee’s new and unique lakefront venue will feature a capacity of approximately 10,000 …

    And it’s part of a park, which means there could be more people in the park adjacent to the venue.

    Like Clinton said, Republicans have a problem with arithmetic.

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  20. jukeboxgrad says:

    One more thing. Breitbart repeatedly describes it as an “arena.” Trouble is, it’s not an arena. It’s a pavilion. This matters, because the former has walls, and therefore has a strict limit on capacity. The latter does not have walls, so the capacity is expanded if people are standing in the adjacent park.

    Typical Breitbart, typical Jenos.

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  21. Me Me Me says:

    Take the lowest possible, most uber-conservative number you want for the crowd in Milwaukee on Saturday.

    Imagine that next Saturday Romney wants to turn the tables and drink Obama’s milkshake, so he goes to the capital of Delaware, whatever that might be, and holds a rally.

    What would the highest possible, most uber-optimistic estimate of the number of people who might show up?

    Commence laughing.

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  22. ernieyeball says:

    … while Obama was drinking Ryan’s milkshake?
    …Romney wants to turn the tables and drink Obama’s milkshake,..

    …drinking milkshakes? Do I even really want to know?

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  23. @jukeboxgrad:

    Good article on why the Breitbarts, etc., are important to the GOP and ultimately block its evolution:

    Until Republicans Fix This Problem, They Can’t Fix Any Problems

    It kind of explains why the last remaining right-commentators or a site like this are what they are:

    But respect for empiricism and reasoned, intellectually honest debate could ensure that the best critiques would be aired; the best ideas attempted; and the very worst rejected, whatever their provenance. At minimum, it’s possible to imagine a coalition where sound argument was valued enough to render the most vile ad hominem and the most hair-trigger heretic-shaming beyond the pale. Instead Rush Limbaugh and Erick Erickson remain among the right’s most influential voices. Fox News is movement conservatism’s go-to information source; its big boss, Roger Ailes, profited from airing lunatic conspiracy theories from Glenn Beck that no one can defend, but he hasn’t been discredited. And that’s just the realm of AM radio and cable television.

    It is a selection process. When a movement is reduced to a crazy idea of the day, proponents are reduced to those who can dial-in to support a crazy idea of the day.

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  24. J-Dub says:

    @Me Me Me: And now Romney blames President Obama for the fact that he has to spend his time begging for money from his fellow plutocrats instead of campaigning.

    Whine much, Mittens?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81589.html

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  25. Me Me Me says:

    @J-Dub: And what does he then do with all of that other-peoples money he had to work so hard for? Pisses it away in Ohio running ads bashing China. Yeah, that’s going send people flocking to the polls.

    Romney has a brain damage stemming from his 1968 car accident that left him in a coma.

    Once you embrace that theory everything else starts to make sense.

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