5 takeaways from Scott Walker’s withdrawal

5 takeaways from Scott Walker’s withdrawal

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:

  1. 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….
  2. 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.

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