Walker’s early homestate enablers at the Bradley Foundation’s “tiny empire” and the MacIver Institute must be madly jealous tonight. As happens so often in this fallen world, their long-groomed figurehead candidate has been stolen away by the bigger predators. Nicholas Confessore, reporting for the NYTimes:
Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House.
“We will support whoever the candidate is,” said Mr. Koch, according to two people who attended the event. “But it should be Scott Walker.” …
In his remarks, made after Mr. Walker had addressed the group, Mr. Koch suggested that the political organizations they oversee — which include Americans for Prosperity, a grass-roots organization, and Freedom Partners, a donor trade group with an affiliated super PAC — would not intervene in the Republican primary process on behalf of a single candidate.
But according to the two attendees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely describe the remarks, Mr. Koch indicated that the Koch family might personally offer financial support to Mr. Walker…
Speaking his personal opinion as just another individual John Birch Society legacy multibillionaire with a history of buying politicians, principal among them Governor Scott Walker, of course. Man isn’t even trying to keep his political manipulations on the down low any more. But then, he isn’t a young or a healthy man, there have been scares, despite his best efforts he’s not yet been able to buy physical immortality. David Koch probably figures he can’t afford to wait another four to eight years to cement his standing in Hell and the history books as the man who singlehandedly bought his sockpuppet into the Oval Office, the way lessor mortal would buy a famous artwork or a trophy mansion.