The rapid fall of Scott Walker was something to behold. Of course, you would not expect an arrogant person like him to accept the fact that his demise was due to a combination of being an incompetent debater, a lousy campaigner, and having a smarmy and odious personality. No, of course not.
The reasons he himself gives are far more grand. He said that while in church on Sunday, he realized that he has been “called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race” and “I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current frontrunner.” He also thanked God again.
In other words, rather than being a loser, he was actually a winner because his god was calling Walker to withdraw and be like Moses and lead most of the other candidates in withdrawing from the race and thus his leaving was part of a grand plan in which he was playing a noble, even epic, role.
The catch with this is that Walker was also convinced that it was his god who wanted him to enter the race in the first place. He was emphatic about it, saying in a fundraising letter to his supporters that “I needed to be certain that running was God’s calling — not just man’s calling. I am certain: This is God’s plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States.”
So now we have a puzzle: What the hell is Walker’s god up to? As I see it there are three possibilities:
1. There is no god and Walker is simply attributing to god what he is deciding is best for himself.
2. God is a bit of a ditherer and did actually change his/her/its mind about Walker’s candidacy, which puts a dent in his/her/its reputation for omniscience.
3. God actually hates Walker and is having fun with him by jerking him around.
Option #1 is the most likely of course but I enjoy option #3 the most.
As for his appeal to his fellow Republicans to join in his new and improved god’s plan to follow him in dropping out, this assumes that the other candidates are not power hungry egomaniacs like him who will be only too glad to see him go. In reality, they will all agree with his call for more candidates to drop out only as long as they are the designated flag bearer sent out to slay the Trumpdragon.