As the gentle reader already knew, Scott Walker turned in another unimpressive performance at last week's GOP debate on CNN.
That poor showing, combined with all of his gaffes, blunders and boneheaded comments has led Walker to drop drastically in the polls. Walker was the driver of the GOP clown car just two months ago with a poll rating of 29 percent. Now, in the first poll since last week's debate, Walker has dropped all the way to less than one half of one percent.
Go ahead and savor that for a moment. I definitely am.
Even though Walker is somehow trying to claim that he actually won the debate, he had already scheduled a meeting with his major fundraisers and donors to calm their fears and try to get them to give even more.
Apparently the meeting didn't go very well. Walker's donors have decided to take matters in their own hands and are trying to push Walker's campaign manager, Rick Wiley, out the door:
Well, it appears as though Walker’s donors are unwilling to wait-and-see from the sidelines and have taken matters into their own hands in an effort to rescue the campaign from ending like one-time competitor Rick Perry’s.
According to Buzzfeed, “a number of Walker’s donors and supporters have been circulating a rumor about Wiley in recent days, apparently aimed at discrediting him and bringing about a shakeup in the organization … They also said an anonymous letter about Wiley is circulating in political and donor circles, though it is unclear where it originated.”
Walker spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski acknowledged the rumors but would not confirm any details. Kukowski said the rumor was false and insisted that the campaign would not be distracted by what she called a “sideshow.”
It is said that the rumor being spread involves some sort of lewd and lascivious behavior from Wiley. What has been confirmed is that Walker's donors and supporters are concerned that Wiley has been expanding the campaign faster than they have been bringing in money. Sources have said that there has been massive layoffs of Walker's campaign staff across the country because their money flow has dried up to a trickle.
Likewise, Walker has continued to cancelling events around the nation so that he can focus on just Iowa and South Carolina, as if that is going to make a difference in the long run.
All of this has left Walker with a nasty problem.
If he keeps Wiley on staff, he will lose a lot of his donors, some of whom are said to already been looking at other candidates to donate to, in order to hedge their bets.
If Walker gets rid of Wiley, or if Wiley "resigns," Walker's campaign will be viewed as being in disarray and he will lose donors and the confidence - and money - of the few supporters he still has.
Personally, I can't think of a better person for this to happen to.
Do not be surprised if Walker soon has a similar experience as when he pulled out of the 2006 gubernatorial race, when God spoke to him and told him to pull out of the race. God being, of course, the dark money backers that had been supporting him up to now.