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Not So "Fresh": Political Careerist Scott Walker Has Been Running for a Quarter-Century

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When Mitt Romney, who is anything but a fresh face in the Republican hierarchy decided to forgo a third run for the presidency, he announced, "I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders -- one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started -- may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case."

Full-on Republican presidential contender Scott Walker just presumed that the man who Republican primary voters rejected in 2008, and who the rest of the American electorate rejected in 2012, was talking about a certain governor of Wisconsin.

Never mind that, in his book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, Walker ripped the party's 2012 campaign -- and, by extension, its nominee -- for doing a "lousy job of presenting a positive vision of free market solutions to our nation's problems in a way that is relevant to people's lives." Never mind that Walker griped just days before Romney quit the race that a 2016 run by the 2012 loser would be "pretty hard" to justify. Never mind that Walker, one of the most relentlessly negative campaigners in contemporary American politics, was more than ready to beat up on Romney if that was necessary to advance his own 2016 run. With Romney's decision to sideline himself, Walker chirped, "I would love to have his endorsement."

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