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Who is Scott Walker, Really? New Book Offers Clues

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Posted at RightWisconsin.

(Note: This article appears in the upcoming edition of Wisconsin Interest Magazine, which also includes an exclusive excerpt from "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story And A Nation's Challenge.)

Three years into his tumultuous first term, as he prepares to run for re-election and perhaps position himself for a presidential run in 2016, Scott Walker remains a puzzle to even some of his closest observers. He is, after all, a hard-edged conservative who talks about being a "champion to the vulnerable"; a fiscal conservative who disdains the politics of austerity; as well as a master communicator who sometimes fails to make his case.
His new book is unlikely to satisfy his critics or dispel all of the mystery behind the man we should know so much better. But it is a start.
Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge (Sentinel Books), is an attempt not merely to tell the story of his battle over Act 10, but to define "Walkerism" and to sharply differentiate its style and philosophy from those of other leading Republicans, especially failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Along the way, the book highlights the paradoxes of the man at the center of the storm. Let’s take a look at those paradoxes one by one and how they might play on the national stage...

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