By Hunter Wallace
Scott Walker is dropping out of the 2016 presidential race tonight:
“Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr. Walker called a news conference in Madison at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
“The short answer is money,” said a supporter of Mr. Walker’s who was briefed on the decision. “He’s made a decision not to limp into Iowa.” …
In the most recent CNN survey, Mr. Walker drew support nationally from less than one-half of one percent of Republican primary voters. He faced growing pressure to shake up his campaign staff, a step he was loath to take, according to Republicans briefed on his deliberations.”
The short answer is more like this: because he lacked the ability to independently finance his own campaign, Scott Walker was never anything more than a puppet of the donor class, who kept him on a short leash, and the donors threw in the towel on his lackluster campaign after he collapsed to -1 percent in the latest polls.
The donor class backed Scott Walker, who is a hero to the Koch Brothers, because of his successful attacks on labor unions in Wisconsin. Just last week, Scott Walker rolled out his plan to attack labor unions nationwide. The same donors who wanted Scott Walker in the White House were also determined to micromanage his campaign and steer him clear of social issues like immigration.
“At the same time, Walker has veered to the right on abortion and other social issues, worrying some top backers. Stanley S. Hubbard, a conservative billionaire who oversees a Minnesota broadcasting company and has donated to Walker’s campaign, said the candidate has promised that he would not push a “social agenda” as president and is simply expressing his personal beliefs when asked.
“If he’s smart, he will get back to basics and get back to what he did in Wisconsin [and] get off the social issues,” said Hubbard, who had lunch on Tuesday with Walker and other campaign supporters. “No one is asking him to change the morals of America.”
Hubbard strongly opposes one immigration measure pushed by Trump this week: a call to stop giving citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States. Walker said in an interview Monday that he would support ending birthright citizenship, then said other reforms might make that unnecessary. …”
Scott Walker publicly walked back his position on birthright citizenship after he was confronted by billionaire donor Stanley Hubbard. He also privately told donors that he was for amnesty for illegal aliens and Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal that he was “not going nativist”:
“Walker said Monday that he supports ending birthright citizenship, then said later in the day that the problem could be addressed by enforcing other laws. On Tuesday, a prominent donor confronted Walker on the topic and walked away satisfied that the candidate wouldn’t do away with birthright citizenship. On Friday, Walker said he didn’t have a position on the issue. Then Sunday, Walker said he does not want to alter the 14th Amendment.
Stanley S. Hubbard, a conservative billionaire who oversees a Minnesota broadcasting company and has donated to Walker’s campaign, confronted Walker on the issue during a lunch in Minnesota on Tuesday. Hubbard strongly opposes ending birthright citizenship, and he told The Washington Post that he “might really quickly change my allegiance” if Walker pushed for such a repeal.”
After the Second 2016 Republican Presidential Debate, Hubbard began donating to other candidates. He is currently flirting with Rubio, Fiorina, and Christie.
Walker’s campaign came to an unceremonious end after Frank Luntz failed to convince his top donors that Walker is still “a great product”:
“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his team are working hard to calm their major donors — some of whom are worried that Walker is on a downward slide and did little to help his campaign in Wednesday night’s GOP debate.
On Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after Walker left the Simi Valley, Calif., debate stage, the presidential candidate and his team attended a fundraiser with several-dozen “bundlers” — well-connected donors who collect money from their friends on behalf of a candidate — at the Los Angeles home of Republican pollster Frank Luntz.
“My house is open to anyone who wants to use it,” Luntz said of the event.
The bundlers were assured they still had “a great product” in Walker and that the campaign is still expecting popular Republican outsiders Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson to “start to fade as people recognize they don’t have the credibility to run the government,” said a Walker bundler who attended the event. …
One of Walker’s donors, Minnesota billionaire and broadcaster Stanley Hubbard, said he intended to have a conversation with Walker soon, adding he would advise him on getting his campaign back on track.
“I’ve been in the TV business for a long time,” Hubbard said. “You might have four or five potential anchors … and you give them the same script to read. And for some reason, people think, ‘Oh that guy’s terrific.’ And Walker says the right things, he’s proven what he can do, but I come to work, I hear my wife, and they’re not excited about what he did last night.
“He said all the right things, but it’s like the anchor person,” Hubbard added, calling Walker a “very decent guy and maybe he just needs some coaching. From the right people. Not the wrong people.”…”
Hubbard “coached” Scott Walker to his political demise.
Goodbye, Scott. You ran for president and all you got was this stupid yarmulke from the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Note: Rick Perry and Scott Walker’s failed presidential bids are the first two casualties of the Republican donor class and their agenda of libertarian economics and open borders without White people.
Update: In his swan song below, Walker called for other candidates to drop out in order to consolidate the anti-Trump vote. It remains unclear where the 0 percent of voters who were still backing Scott Walker and Rick Perry when they dropped out will go.