Schmidt Wrote: I think this New York Times article says it all:
Lawrence R. Jacobs, New York Times, November 23, 2013: Right vs. Left in the Midwest
Jacobs makes a comparison between the policies of Wisconsin's Governor Walker, a kind of Tea Party Republican, versus that of Mark Dayton, a staunch Democratic Party Governor in the adjoining state of Minnesota. Dayton's policies have resulted in Minnesota being one of the top 5 in economic growth. On the other hand, Walker's policies have stymied growth. According to Jacobs:
"Three years into Mr. Walker’s term, Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota in job creation and economic growth. As a candidate, Mr. Walker promised to produce 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term, but a year before the next election that number is less than 90,000. Wisconsin ranks 34th for job growth. Mr. Walker’s defenders blame the higher spending and taxes of his Democratic predecessor for these disappointments, but according to Forbes’s annual list of best states for business, Wisconsin continues to rank in the bottom half."
I think that is a good summary. If Walker wants to run for president he will run on a record that Democrats will love to push to the forefront of the campaign. I hope he runs. He will lose.