One day after Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race, the Politico headline read: “Walker’s campaign manager unloads.” The same day, the Washington Post had an article, “Inside the collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid,” which also drew heavily from Walker’s campaign manager, GOP consultant Rick Wiley. It’s almost as if Wiley had an agenda.
Gov. Scott Walker disclosed on Friday in a wide-ranging foreign policy speech that the FBI is investing Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) elements in all 50 states, a revelation that the Republican presidential candidate said is proof that the Obama administration is failing to adequately combat radical terrorist forces.
The Republican candidates for president, judging by the debates this evening, are unserious when it comes to the Islamic State. They talk tough, but if you were listening for specifics about what they plan to do about the metastasizing terror state that has filled the gap left in the Middle East by a withdrawing United States, you didn’t hear much.
Marco Rubio won the first GOP presidential debate on Thursday night. He was confident, energetic, eloquent, knowledgeable, and figured out the way to handle Donald Trump. The importance of debates is vastly overrated, and it’s a long, long time before the first caucus in Iowa, but Rubio proved he belongs in the first tier of presidential contenders, and will be in this race for the long haul.