Walker’s withdrawal offers some clear lessons for the 14 remaining candidates — about the importance of raising hard money, having a clear message designed for the long haul, understanding the toxicity of being involved in politics, and the importance of foreign policy in today’s Republican Party.
Here are five of the most important takeaways from Walker’s withdrawal:
- Hard money (and spending discipline) matters. It’s ironic that, in the age of the super PAC, when it’s easier than ever to raise outside money, two accomplished big-name governors dropped out in the summer in part because they couldn’t raise enough hard money to sustain their operations. Walker, … before he even has a chance to file his first fundraising report, [is] out of the race because he couldn’t get enough donors to commit to his campaign….
- Long-term strategy, not short-term tactics, will win the GOP nomination.From the beginning of the race, Walker viewed himself as his own best strategist—a glaring red flag that foreshadowed his problems. In reality, Walker understood tactics, but didn’t have anyone on his campaign payroll that was focused on long-term strategy.