Scott Walker has quit the 2016 race to the White House seat in a press conference late Monday in Madison. Political analysts chimed with their own takes of his surrender. However, Walker’s former aide, Liz Mair, a digital media strategist who was fired a day after being hired, summed it all up in four simple tweets.
– Becoming so invested in winning, no matter what it took, that he lost sight of his real identity as a political leader.
– Treating Iowa as locked down, boasting early of the ability to win even in states like Nevada where winning always looked improbable.
– In any event, he has the capacity to add plenty of value in our political system. But he may need to do a clear-out of advisers…
– Things he got wrong: Misunderstanding the GOP base, its priorities and stances. Pandering. Flip-flopping.
“I believe that I’m being called to lead by helping to clear the field. In this race of that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” Walker said in the beginning of his speech, announcing his quitting from the presidential race.
“With this in mind. I will suspend my campaign. Immediately. I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same. So that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative, to the current front runner. This is fundamentally important to the future the party. And more importantly to the future of our country,” he said.
The New York Times noted that Walker is alluding to Donald Trump. If polls conducted in the recent months are anything to go by, Trump will get the GOP nomination. To stop this, Walker seemed to be alluding that votes should not be divided with many GOP candidates rather to the ones who can top Trump.
This was seconded by Robert List, chair of Walkers’ campaign. Pointing to Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, “I attribute the difficulty here to the outsiders sucking up oxygen and diluting the support for the other candidates,” List was quoted as saying by The Times.
For Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, Walker lacks the fund to go on with campaigning. He said the ex-candidate could not write his own check and is now overwhelmed with anxiety about looming campaign debts. Stan Hubbard, a Minnesota-based television station owner, believed Walker lacked significant media exposure.
Ron Kaufman, a supporter of Jeb Bush, thinks Walker’s camp was not able to sustain the enthusiasm set by his campaign. Walker, he told Politico, has set a low bar in the beginning of the campaign. But “As soon as he said, ‘I’m the frontrunner,’ the bar went way up and he couldn’t get over it.”