Reprinted from The Nation
When politicians fail to realize their ambitions, yet retain those ambitions, any spin will do.
In Scott Walker's case, spin was all he was left with.
A presidential campaign that for a brief shining moment seemed inevitable had become impossible. And Walker was floundering about in search of an explanation.
Of course, anyone who had been following this governor's epic rise and fall knows that the floundering began long before the governor's hastily scheduled press conference in an almost empty ballroom at Madison's Edgewater Hotel.
The fact is that Scott Walker never knew why he was running for president.
He just knew that he wanted to be president.
Thus, every statement Walker made after announcing his candidacy in mid-July sounded exactly like what it was: a desperate attempt to make Scott Walker the interesting and appealing candidate that he was never going to be.
No one beat Scott Walker for the nomination--not Donald Trump, not Jeb Bush, not Ben Carson, not Carly Fiorina.
Scott Walker talked himself out of the running.