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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following a prosecutor’s allegations that Walker was at the center of a “criminal scheme” to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinating spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in free fall?

One thing’s for sure, it’s not pretty.


The scandal-ridden governor can take heart that judges have found the “John Doe” investigation that’s dogged him for years to be without merit, and this revelation of criminal goings on may come to naught, if it’s tossed out on a technicality. There may be some legal doubt as to whether these groups “expressly” advocated for Walker.

But, as Digby writes, the whole thing looks sleazy to voters, and may leave a political stink on Walker worse than limburger, that he won’t be able to shake in time to hold on to his office. Never mind any now-distant hopes for 2016.

The bad news about Walker comes on the heels of ominous news about the GOP’s other great hope for 2016, New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Christie may be assuring donors that the scandal surrounding him is “over and done,” but an Esquire report suggests that U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is talking to Christie confidants about all New Jersey scandals — Bridgegate and beyond — and may even be close to an indictment.


No wonder the GOP is down to pinning its 2016 hopes on Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. Here’s the best of the worst in wingnuttery this week.

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