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Wed Nov 2, 2016, 01:57 PM Nov 2016

Dems on board with Scott Walker’s 2016 message [View all]

11/02/16 10:27 AM

By Steve Benen

It’s probably safe to say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) didn’t expect the reaction he received with his election message yesterday.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to use President Obama’s relationship with Hillary Clinton this morning to critique the presidential Nominee backfired on Twitter. The Republican governor tweeted a photo of Obama and Clinton hugging, writing, “If you like the past 8 years, vote @Hillary Clinton.”

Many Twitter users characterized Walker’s tweet as an inadvertent endorsement of Clinton and Obama. Walker’s tweet was the No. 1 trend on Twitter’s Today and Election 2016 sections.

The Republican governor’s reasoning isn’t hard to figure out: as Walker sees it, President Obama is awful and unpopular; Hillary Clinton and Obama share many ideas and priorities; and it therefore helps Republicans to tie the Democratic leaders together. From the perspective of those inside a GOP bubble, this must seem like an effective election message. But outside that bubble, it’s a very different story. In fact, Clinton and her campaign team are quite pleased to be associated with the president – Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are two of Clinton’s most effective surrogates – and would have been just as likely to publish Walker’s tweet as Walker himself.

Jesse Ferguson, a member of Clinton’s press team, actually did retweet the Wisconsin governor’s message, saying, “I’ve never said this before but #ThanksScott.”


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