Should Walker accept a #DumpTrump draft?

Commenters from around Wisconsin’s blabbosphere weighed in on the #DumpTrump movement – and whether Gov. Scott Walker should accept a highly theoretical offer to be drafted as the alternative nominee – in a forum today at RightWisconsin. Opinions were divided – some urged that Walker is the perfect candidate to unite the fractured GOP and others said it would be career suicide.

I’m in the latter camp. I calculate that the successful waging a nuclear war at convention would tip the scales even further to Hillary, who would be far worse for the country than even the shudder-inducing thought of a Trump presidency. The calculation assumes a convention war would make it impossible to unite the GOP and win in November. By agreeing to a draft, Walker would end his career on the national stage (and likely sink even further in the polls back home).

I write:

The possibility is small that chatter over replacing Donald Trump at the Republican national convention will gain enough traction to actually start considering an alternative. Even if the Trump campaign completely implodes in a plume of blonde hair and orange dust before convention, it’s not even clear delegates would turn to Walker.

If an effort to dump Trump does gain this improbable momentum, a convention war would be inevitable. The person they turn to would likely become persona non grata for not just the die-hard Trump crowd, but also many Republicans who see Trump as having earned the nomination fair and square, even if they don’t necessarily like him.

Outside the convention center, the candidate deposing Trump will be seen by millions of Americans in a growing populist froth as the permanent embodiment of the “establishment” and the “elites”.

By dropping out even before a single vote was cast in the GOP primary, Walker stayed in the top tier of non-disgraced Republican leaders while many others suffered permanent scars, and in some cases, the final defeats of their careers. He knows the value of an early exit – see his 2006 campaign for governor – and he knows the merits of patience. Walker would be better off sitting this one out until whichever New York elite liberal gets elected and quickly fails, and re-emerge in 2020 well-positioned for the national stage after a decade or so as Wisconsin’s governor.

Whole thing here.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.