While Scott Walker was readying a strategy to ebb the influence of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, Democrat leaders were elated. Hillary Clinton sent an email to her list that explained in part:
This is our country at its best: inclusive, open, and driving towards true equality.
But the struggle for LGBT rights doesn’t end with this triumph. Our work is not finished until every American can not onlymarry, but live, work, pray, learn, and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice.
My colleague Chris astutely pointed out to me by text (we have riveting exchanges) that this would be the groundwork for the “wholesale elimination of religious liberty under the guise of battling ‘discrimination and prejudice.'”
Indeed, yesterday the president also chimed in, encouraging those whose religious convictions shape their views on gay marriage to knock it off already and toe the line.
Both Clinton and the president are adherents to the Church of Progressivism, whose principal tenet is one of incremental change. As their voting records and public statements illustrate, they couldn’t dare come out of the gate calling for the kind of change implemented by the Supreme Court yesterday. Instead, they had to campaign on traditional values then pivot for political benefit.
(I’ll interject here that Mitt Romney was lambasted for flip-flopping on his pro-life stance, though that change certainly had little to do with the timing of a major national election. It’s a shame his 2012 opponent’s record is not currently undergoing similar scrutiny.)
In Wisconsin, the last five years have been an exercise in incremental reform. The effects of major initiatives like Act 10 were certainly immediate, but other policy changes have taken time to get the right people in the right place. Right to work is a shining example. So is the 20-week abortion ban, or the elimination of waiting periods for firearms — all of which are conservative, pragmatic reforms that have taken time to implement. (Perhaps Prevailing Wage repeal falls into this spirit of incrementalism, but in the spirit of getting the right people in the right place at the right time, why not now?)
While the left is emboldened and empowered to expand their fight, Republicans will only play defense, cut losses, and try to wait out the inevitable. The man who will bring the fight to the left is Scott Walker. This isn’t mere pandering; his call yesterday for a new Constitutional amendment might be far-fetched, but if any presidential candidate has the chops to see it through, it’s him. (And as I noted yesterday, it’s a demonstrative example of his messaging strategy that puts states’ rights at the center.)
Only Walker has a demonstrated track record of enunciating a clear vision, selling it to voters, then executing it flawlessly to great success. It’s not just that his reforms irk his opponents, it’s that he’s so effective at implementing them and passing them in the light of day.
Scott Walker is the warrior conservatives need to win.