— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) April 7, 2015
The correct answer is “They’re both poorly-educated, not-very-bright hustlers willing to recite whatever their handlers told them, as long as it didn’t involve hard work.” The question, according to the NYTimes, is “How Is Scott Walker Like Reagan? He’ll Tell You“…
…”I often joke that I know Ronald Reagan’s birthday because it’s my wedding anniversary,” Mr. Walker told the college’s Ronald W. Reagan Society. “But truth be told, Tonette would tell you, I know our wedding anniversary because it’s Ronald Reagan’s birthday.”
Expressing reverence for Reagan has been almost a requirement for Republican presidential candidates since 1988, but Mr. Walker has taken to it like an apostle to his creed. As he prepares a White House run, and envisions competing against candidates named Bush and Clinton, Mr. Walker is going to great lengths to claim the Reagan legacy all for himself.
In doing so, he is introducing himself to voters as a product of the Reagan Revolution. He is also trading on Reagan’s legacy while his own stature as a national figure is still uncertain…
On policy, Mr. Walker likens himself to Reagan as a fellow governor who cut taxes and as a leader who proved his mettle by staring down organized labor. Mr. Walker stripped many public-sector unions of their collective-bargaining rights; Reagan, after all, fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981.
And in his speeches, Mr. Walker strives to sound like another unshakably optimistic Midwesterner facing a challenging world.
“Scott seems, like Ronald Reagan, to have a ‘happy warrior’ aspect about him and to relish, with a smile, spirited combat, as he did in those battles with the public-employee unions,” said Patrick J. Buchanan, the conservative commentator, who worked in the Reagan White House. “Also, there seems about Walker — and I do not say this pejoratively — a simplicity, an absence of calculation and deviousness, that is attractive to voters looking for someone fresh and honest to believe in.”…
From Nixon’s old speechwriter, “honest” can be defined as “Walker’s not smart enough to veer off script; just teach him his catch phrases and let ‘er rip.” Bumper sticker: Walker 2016 — He Isn’t Revanchist, He’s Retro!
Apart from big news & small steps forward, what’s on the agenda for the evening?