Scott Walker announces run for president; AFL-CIO issues most concise and accurate response ever

After accidentally tweeting out his intentions to run for president last Friday, Scott Walker made his 2016 candidacy official today. The Wisconsin governor has, for all intents and purposes, been running for president for quite some time. This being the case, he bypassed the high-profile campaign launch and instead chose to tweet out his announcement:

Much will be written about Walker this week in the wake of his announcement. People will note his disastrous record in Wisconsin — his assaults on union rights, reproductive health, higher education, ballot access and so on — along with the fact that the particularly nasty parts of this disastrous record are the very things that make him a serious contender in the Republican primary.

Scott Walker, via Wikimedia Commons

Scott Walker, via Wikimedia Commons

Scott Walker was angling to consolidate the Donald Trump wing of the Republican Party long before Trump started making noises about throwing his hat in the ring. Months before Trump took control of the GOP’s narrative by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, Walker compared union workers — American citizens! — to ISIS militants. He has delayed his presidential announcement in order to push through a state budget seemingly designed to hurt low-income workers, restrict scientific inquiry and dominate women as much as humanly possible.

These rhetorical and legislative moves aren’t “mistakes,” as Walker’s ISIS comments were written off as. They embody Walker’s overall strategy for 2016. Walker’s path to victory hinges on being the last hard-line conservative standing. He doesn’t win by being the most “electable” Republican; he wins by raising enough Koch money to outlast Trump, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee in order to be the archconservative standard-bearer in a showdown with Jeb Bush and perhaps Marco Rubio, if the Florida senator is still around after Super Tuesday.

As FiveThirtyEight pointed out today, Walker’s ideology is both perfectly matched with the Republican electorate and would make him the most conservative Republican nominee since Reagan in 1980. The GOP has been steadily marching to the right since the mid-70’s. It is primed for a candidate who will not only bust unions, subjugate women and change election rules to benefit Republicans, but will punch liberals in the mouth while they do it.

So it was fitting for AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to sum all of these sentiments up in a one-sentence press release issued earlier today: “Scott Walker is a national disgrace.”

That’s pretty much all that needs to be said.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Robert King

    On Scott Walker’s decision to Run:

    Glad to see you run Walker. But you cannot win. There are not enough people who are against we who are union workers. We are just trying to make a living….not a killing…..as you are trying to do for yourself. You would have our fellow Americans believe that we union workers are soaking the public. But as municipal workers, we make $20 per hour, while tax payers pay you $144K per year. It is people like you who are soaking the public. You are the parasite Walker.

    Why am I glad to see you running? Because I want to see you go bankrupt feeding your ego.

    We will fight you with all our hearts. You are a prostitute for the Republican platform, which is against the common American. We will fight you and we will best you.

    Yes, put this on Facebook :)

  • nicho

    __________ (Fill in the name of any GOP candidate) is a national disgrace.

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  • Butch1

    Good, that takes care of that.

  • Zorba

    Bernie has a BA in political science from the University of Chicago.

  • Ashley_Walker

    My cousin .woz actualey earning money part-time from there computar. . there dads buddy had bean doing this 4 less than 15 months and recently paid for the morgage on their place and purchased a new Honda . have a peek at this

    Daily World. Idea Of Earning

  • Butch1

    Yes, in a word. ;-)

  • Butch1

    Bernie has a track record in the Senate, and in the state of Vermont. He also has worked since the 1960s for civil rights. I that that qualifies him. I don’t know if he graduated from college or not, probably not, but he’s certainly far more intelligent than Walker and he’s not kissing any Plutocrat’s arse either. Can we say the same thing about Ms. Clinton who has been in bed with Wall Street for a number of years?

  • Bill_Perdue

    Walker, Kasich, etc are terrible for unions and working people. Walker is a paid political prostitute for the rich but so are Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Brown and Cuomo. Trumka is being deceitful and cowardly for not pointing out that unions get busted by both parties. In point of fact Obama and the Democrats are doing their best to woo the .01% and attack unions, pandering and duplicating their betrayals of the antiwar movement, the Bill of Rights, the fight for socialized medicine and their pig headed refusal to pass ENDA or a CRA when they have a chance of being enacted.

    Obama appoints another union busters as his chief of staff: In these Times 01 29 12 “Obama’s Union-Busting New Chief of Staff? Jacob Lew Helped Destroy Grad Students’ Union at NYU When Obama’s new Chief of Staff was NYU executive vice president, school ceased recognizing the grad students union” http://www.alternet.org/story/153935/obama’s_union-busting_new_chief_of_staff_jacob_lew_helped_destroy_grad_students’_union_at_nyu?page=entire

    Obama attacks airline and rail workers: LABORnotes 02 15 12 “Two years after President Obama and Democrats abandoned labor’s much-anticipated Employee Free Choice Act, they have refused to block Republicans intent on making life miserable for airline and rail workers. A bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, voted up 75-20 in the Senate, changes federal labor law to make organizing more difficult for railroad and airline unions. New rules will make it easier to decertify unions and harder to win elections when employers merge.” http://labornotes.org/2012/02/obama-democrats-deal-setback-airline-workers

    Obama attacks the UAW HuffPo 09 03 2010 “The White House is forcefully pushing back on former (Obama) car czar Steve Rattner’s upcoming book about his time in Washington, specifically the allegation that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once blurted “Fuck the UAW” when told that tens of thousands of autoworkers’ jobs were at stake in the restructuring of the auto industry.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/24/steven-rattner-interview-_n_737966.html

    NY Democrat Cuomo attacks unions AlterNet On Tuesday, a group of nearly 2,000 union members and their supporters met Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany, New York to protest his 2012-2013 budget proposal cutting pensions and benefits for workers…” http://www.alternet.org/rss/1/826218/unions_protest,_mic-check_pension-cutting_ny_governor_andrew_cuomo/

    California Democrat Brown attacks state workers Sacramento Bee 05 16 2012 “Questions swirl around Jerry Brown’s plan to cut state workers’ hours… Brown wants to move most of California’s 214,000 workers to four-day workweeks and 9.5-hour shifts starting July 1. The change would reduce state workers’ hours and pay by 5 percent each month and cut state payroll by about $839 million, $401 million of it from the deficit-ridden general fund…” http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/16/v-print/4493111/questions-swirl-around-jerry-browns.html

    Obama attacks federal workers and postal workers LABORNotes 03 06 2012 “During the Obama administration, and especially during its first two years when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, the alliance between unions and their political patrons began to wither. The Employee Free Choice Act, the law that would have eased union organizing drives, was shelved. When the administration bailed out the auto companies, it dictated wage cuts, plant closings, and tens of thousands of layoffs, and stripped workers’ right to strike. The health care bill attacked union-negotiated plans. A green-job transformation for the economy stalled. Then Obama announced in December 2010 that salaries for federal workers, already low compared to those of private-sector workers with similar education and longevity, would be frozen for years into the future, as part of sharing the sacrifice in austere times.” http://labornotes.org/blogs/2012/03/labor-overlooks-bipartisan-attack-federal-workers

  • 2karmanot

    5-4-3-2-1 rocks aside, trolls emerge. mmmmm could it be a Hillbot?

  • noGOP

    “I want an intelligent person in the White House; at least one who has
    finished college and is not a puppet for the Koch brothers to
    manipulate.”

    you are, of course, referring to Bernie!

  • Butch1

    All one has to do is look at his previous record in Wisconsin to see what he might try to do to the country with the aid of the Koch brothers. Is this really what the people want for their future?

    I want an intelligent person in the White House; at least one who has finished college and is not a puppet for the Koch brothers to manipulate.

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