The governor who promised to sign a concealed carry bill in Wisconsin, and then did it after his predecessor had twice vetoed carry legislation today endorsed the senator who has a strong record on the Second Amendment, a fact that is not lost on gun rights activists.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threw his weight behind Sen. Ted Cruz, a week before the Wisconsin presidential primary on April 5. Walker inked concealed carry legislation in 2011 after similar measures had been twice vetoed by former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. Concealed carry was one of the issues that propelled Walker into the governor’s office with support from gun rights activists who had had enough.
Walker is something of a legend to conservatives, as noted by the Chicago Tribune. The newspaper recalled that he is the first governor in U.S. history to win a recall election.
It will be up to Badger State voters to decide whether the Walker endorsement puts Cruz in the winner’s circle ahead of Donald Trump next Tuesday. In the meantime, the candidates are expected to travel around the state vigorously.
All of this is unfolding against a political backdrop that today saw scathing criticism of President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Cuba and Argentina. That criticism came in an editorial in the Colorado Springs Gazette, which went after Obama’s attempt to win “peace through friendship” with people like Raul Castro.
The strategy doesn’t appear to have worked. Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro declared, in remarks quoted yesterday by MRCTV, “Obama delivered a speech which he used to express the most honeyed words: ‘It’s high time to forget the past, leave the past, look to the future, together, a future of hope…’ It’s assumed that each of us were at risk of a heart attack upon hearing these words from the President of the United States.”
Then Castro reportedly added this little dig: “My modest suggestion is that he reflects and doesn’t try to develop theories about Cuban politics.”
Republican Cruz has never given the slightest indication that he would wing down to Havana to shake hands or attend a baseball game with the man many Cuban-Americans consider the Devil. Nor has there been any sign that a President Cruz would stumble through the Tango while European authorities were still trying to determine whether any Americans were killed by terrorist suicide bombers at the Brussels airport.
The Gazette editorial praised Obama for his likeable nature, which serves him well among his constituents. But that same nature doesn’t cut it with ruthless rivals on a world stage, the editorial more than intimated.
“In a dangerous world of diverse cultures,” the Gazette said, “the American president does not need foreign leaders to like him. He needs their respect. As (Ronald) Reagan proved, respect is like peace. It emanates from strength.”
Both Trump and Cruz have made it clear that if they are elected, the love fest with people who want to destroy this country is finished. Walker’s endorsement of Cruz may boost his chances of getting the nomination, but a Wisconsin win will not put Trump out of the race. He’s still the front-runner. But it certainly makes the race more interesting.
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