Today we got a glimpse into Governor Scott Walker’s policy platform infrastructure as he runs for president.
In Wisconsin, he won three elections in four years by championing pragmatic, common sense reforms. That message has to get tweaked on the national stage. While Mitt Romney was maligned for running a state that implemented government-run health care, Walker might be asked to apologize for operating too far to the right. Either way, “Let each state do what works for it” will be his overarching message.
Earlier this week, he carefully weighed in on the Confederate flag kerfuffle. The first statement made clear the flag’s fate should lie with South Carolina, not the federal government. This, naturally, received a standard amount of guffawing from the liberal chorus, dismissing it as a non-answer (because it wasn’t the kind of answer that would impel burning effigies in the street). But then he solidified his position, again very carefully, making clear that in the case of that state at that particular time, the flag should come down.
Today that theme continues. His opposition to the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was couched in terms of states rights, calling for reassurance from the President that no American will have his or her religious beliefs infringed in the wake of today’s decision.
Then he took the kind of big, bold reform stance that has made him a conservative darling in the state and across the country. The call for a constitutional amendment that would empower individual states to define marriage kicked over the pots of gold at the ends of today’s celebratory rainbows. The move will do him no favors with the left, but so what? The move will endear him to the religious conservatives who stayed home and didn’t vote for Mitt Romney in 2016.
Conservatives must get on board with proposals like this one. Those with libertarian streaks might appreciate the feel-goodery of today’s ruling, but the rationale behind it sets a dangerous precedent for how the court interprets law. Though in the context of federal law, Walker again provides a simple, straightforward solution to a complex problem. That’s no surprise: left to his own devices to run the state he was elected to govern, his leadership has yielded tremendous economic and social benefits. His goal as Commander in Chief would be to create the infrastructure for other states to find similar success. That’s a type of hands-off management that will salve the sores left from eight years of Big Brother’s grip.