We have written about Scott Walker’s departure from the presidential campaign here, but we didn’t mention Walker’s parting shot. He sent out an email to supporters that included the following:
Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on [Ronald Reagan’s] optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks.
In the end, I believe that voters want to be for something and not against someone. Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear about how we can make them better for everyone. …
Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With that in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.
I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current frontrunner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and – ultimately – to the future of our country.
Walker is, in a way, the anti-Trump. He is all substance, no flash. No one will ever give him a reality TV show. Walker would never say that he agrees with the Democrats on most issues, and thinks the economy does better under Democrats. Walker’s statement suggests that he has two problems with Trump: 1) Trump isn’t positive, and engages in too many personal attacks; and 2) Trump isn’t a conservative. He is right on both counts.
Still, I assume that Walker would have stayed in the race if he could have continued raising money. It will be interesting to see whom, if anyone, Walker endorses.