To say I wasn’t impressed with Scott Walker’s initial presidential roll-out would be an understatement. After speaking of the celebrated Wisconsin governor in glowing terms throughout the pages of Rules for Patriots, the first impression he left earlier this year as a presidential candidate was this is another Romney — albeit with a better record.

I even went so far as to say I thought Walker should go away for a while, figure out what his message is and what kind of candidate he wants to be, and then come back once he’s figured everything out.

This week it appears as if Walker has.

Walker has moved Right on the two issues the GOP establishment demands the party move Left — amnesty and marriage/religious freedom. By doing so, Walker has let it be known he does intend to make the case he’s the conservatives’ champion in 2016. That he’s not abandoning his base (Commandment #6) to become just another run-of-the-mill, “make the trains run on time” Republican.

On amnesty Walker didn’t just put forth a plan that says no to amnesty and yes to the rule of law, but even addresses the problem of the glut of legal immigration. Which imports competition for the American worker at a time a record 93 million people don’t have a job. If America’s unemployed were its own population, it would be the 15th most populous nation on earth. That’s more people than Egypt, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Walker even wisely defined his immigration plan as pro-American worker (Commandment #8 ).

Walker also voiced support for Ted Cruz’s proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would allow individual states — not unelected judges — to define and enforce marriage laws.

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