by Scott Walker and Marc Thiessen
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservatives ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å and still win elections. Those who say we canÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt donÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We donÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt need to change our principles. What we need is more courage.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott WalkerÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protesters ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å furious about his collective bargaining proposal ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å swarmed Madison, camped in the capitol and attempted to block the passage of the governorÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national mediaÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Dead Man Walker.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ He found himself fighting for his reforms, fielding death threats and facing an unprecedented recall election.
But then something happened. WalkerÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs policies began to work. His constituents realized they were better off with his leadership, and in June 2012, he became the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt, winning with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election.
In "Unintimidated," Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the stateÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official.
Speaking from the perspective earned from his resounding victory, he outlines lessons conservatives on the national stage can learn from his success, such as:
- Change the polls, not your principles.
- DonÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt accept the false choices presented to you.
- You can reform entitlements and survive.
- Austerity is not the answer.
- Never stop reforming.
Walker is living proof that conservatives need not move to the center to win. He argues that Republicans must offer Americans big, bold, positive solutions for our nationÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs challenges ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å and have the courage to implement them. Walker has shown that even President Obama will back down when faced with reforms promoted with common sense and courage.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«This guy Walker is one of the gutsiest, toughest, strongest, [most] committed guys I have seen in Republican politics in a long time.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Rush Limbaugh
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Governor WalkerÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs principled leadership and common-sense reforms are moving Wisconsin in the right direction.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Paul Ryan
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«He had the courage to take it on, even when it got ugly, and he never stopped.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Results matter. And that, more than anything else, explains why Scott Walker won.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard
About the Author
Scott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin and a leader in the Republican Governors Association. He was previously the county executive of Milwaukee County and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Before that, he worked for the American Red Cross and IBM. He and his wife Tonnette have two sons and live in Wauwatosa.
Co-author Marc Thiessen is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for The Washington Post and the author of "Courting Disaster." He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife Pamela and their four children.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sentinel; Updated edition (August 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595231110
- ISBN-13: 978-1595231116
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounce
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