ANOTHER “ETCH-A-SKETCH” CANDIDATE?
|| By FITSNEWS || A leading Iowa “Republican” blog is taking after Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for the malleability of some of his positions … raising the specter of a “flip flop” problem.
“Walker’s campaign in Iowa is moving so fast that it will make your head spin,” Craig Robinson of The Iowa Republican wrote this week. “But that’s not all that is moving at a fast pace for Walker. Some of his long held positions seem to be on the move lately as well. In the span of just a few weeks, Walker has apparently flip-flopped on a number of issues.”
Got a pen handy?
According to Robinson, issues on which Walker has flip-flopped include immigration, “right-to-work” legislation and ethanol subsidies. Specifically, he’s accused of going from 1) supporting “pathways to citizenship” to opposing them, 2) opposing “right-to-work” status to supporting it (signing it into law, in fact), and 3) opposing ethanol subsidies to supporting them.
Just to be clear, we’re not saying all of Walker’s flip-flops are bad. We support right-to-work legislation – which prevents Big Labor from bullying workers into joining unions. And while we’re not fire-breathers on the issue of immigration – we view U.S. president Barack Obama‘s recent power grab on this issue (and subsequent GOP capitulation) as a decidedly negative and costly outcome for our country.
Ethanol? We’ve made our view abundantly clear … we oppose so called “environmental” subsidies that have raised food prices while doing nothing but harm to the environment. And Walker’s “flip-flop” to supporting these market-distorting mandates is profoundly disappointing.
“It’s one thing to state a position that you know will be popular in a room of farmers,” Robinson wrote. “It’s another thing to explain how you can be totally opposed to the ethanol industry while running for governor, but be in lock step with the same industry when you run for president ten years later.”
True that …
But this cuts deeper than specific issues … it’s about a pattern (one which helped doom the 2012 candidacy of former GOP nominee Mitt Romney). And Iowans are noticing it.
“Walker is making Romney look like a model of consistency,” Robinson wrote.
To be fair, that comment strikes us as a bit hyperbolic given how Romney was constantly changing his positions. Hell, that’s how he earned the nickname “Etch-A-Sketch” – which is how one of his own aides referred to him.
But Walker – one of the early “Republican” frontrunners – needs to be very careful moving forward. “Flip-flopper” is a terrible label to have, and even if he does win the GOP nomination it could wind up haunting him in general election campaign (as it haunted Romney). More immediately, Walker certainly doesn’t want to be equated with Romney when he heads to early-voting South Carolina, a state which has consistently rejected the liberal Massachusetts politician.
We can see the Palmetto State television spots now … “one flip-flopper cost ‘Republicans’ the White House, now we want to nominate another one?”
Don’t get us wrong: People respect leaders who change their minds on specific issues based on data, personal experience or some other credible rationale. No one’s going to argue with a candidate who acknowledges that they were wrong in the past – and clearly articulates why they have reconsidered their views. What they do not like is opportunistic chameleons – politicians who change their views purely for political gain. Oh, and the more issues a candidate “flip-flops” on, the more difficult it is for voters to trust them.
Again, ask Romney …