Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge

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    Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge
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In 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protesters — furious about his collective-bargaining proposal — swarmed Madison, camped in the capitol, and attempted to block the passage of the governor’s reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national media’s descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced “Dead Man Walker.” He found himself fighting for his reforms, fielding death threats, and facing an unprecedented recall election.

But then something happened. Walker’s 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," Governor Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the state’s schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew — based on his experience as a local official — that his reforms would work.

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
  • Don’t 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 to America's challenges — 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.

Praise


“This guy Walker is one of the gutsiest, toughest, strongest, [most] committed guys I have seen in Republican politics in a long time.”
—Rush Limbaugh

“Governor Walker’s principled leadership and common-sense reforms are moving Wisconsin in the right direction.”
—Paul Ryan

“He had the courage to take it on, even when it got ugly, and he never stopped.”
—Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina

“Results matter. And that, more than anything else, explains why Scott Walker won.”
—Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard

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Marc A.
Thiessen
  • A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Marc A. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to the president and to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Thiessen spent more than six years as spokesman and senior policy adviser to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). He is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post, and his articles can be found in many major publications. His book on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program, Courting Disaster (Regnery Press, 2010), is a New York Times bestseller. At AEI, Thiessen writes about U.S. foreign and defense policy issues for The American and the Enterprise Blog. He appears every Sunday on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" and makes frequent appearances on other TV and talk radio programs.


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