Scott Walker went into Wednesday's debate knowing he was in trouble. In the first GOP debate, Walker turned in a very poor performance which contributed to his sharp decline in the polls.
Walker went into the CNN debate determined to be more aggressive, to be more dominant. Walker was going to make sure he left his mark on the debate. He was going to go big and he was going to go bold.
But instead of boning up on policies or big ideas, Walker spent his time writing and memorizing one or two scripted one liners.
Come debate time, Walker was nowhere to be seen. People were asking if he was even at the debate. He had the second shortest amount of talk time and didn't even get his first question until halfway through the debate.
The only thing he did big was produce profuse amounts of flop sweat on his upper lip, enough to fill an Olympic sized pool. The only thing he did boldly was shat upon himself when the Hell Toupee went after him.
The video above shows the way that Walker went into the debate. When he was finally able to interject himself into the conversation after being dominated by bigger personalities and bolder ideas, all Walker could come up with was lines from his stump speech.
Walker again claimed that he was "tested" like no other because 100,000 protesters stood around the Capitol in Wisconsin as he scurried through the tunnels underneath it.
Walker bragged about not backing down in the face of death threats that never were.
Walker crowed about not backing down during the recall, in which he had to break the law in order to win.
Walker also repeated his claims that facing all those protesters armed with signs and with recall petitions, exercising their constitutional rights to radical terrorists.
After the debate, Walker knew he again went big and bold in his failure:
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Instead, Walker found himself working the debate’s spin room long after most candidates had departed and refusing to rule out a question about whether he is now considering senior-level staff changes.
“Right now I’m considering how I’m going to get through the end of tonight,” Walker said, “and get ready for tomorrow to get back on the campaign trail.”
Politico's article continued on to show just how poorly Walker did:
In the final tally, Walker spoke less almost anyone on stage, except Mike Huckabee, and for about half as long as Trump or Jeb Bush.
About halfway through, Walker was only the seventh most-searched candidate of the 11 on stage, according to Google Trends, and by the end he was lagging in tenth. And the third and fourth most-asked questions about him: “What happened to Scott Walker?” and “Where is Scott Walker?” Walker also finished dead last in his share of the conversation on Twitter, getting a mere 1.21 percent of mentions, according to Twitter.
Interestingly, Walker and his campaign staff must have been expecting him to fail again because they had already set up a meeting for Thursday afternoon to calm the nerves of Walker's biggest donors as they see ever diminishing returns on their investment in Walker and start to look for someone who is still a viable contender for the presidential race.
The only question is whether the corporate media will continue to prop Walker up by allowing him to again sit with the big people at next month's debate or if he will finally be relegated to the little kids' table with the other also-rans.