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RCP’s Sean Trende likes Scott Walker’s chances in 2016

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was in Iowa last night, sounding an awful lot like a presidential candidate. As the Des Moines Register reported,

“We need to be more optimistic, we need to speak in terms that are more relevant, and I think we need to be more courageous,” Walker said during a speech at the Polk County GOP’s Robb Kelley Club dinner. “Optimism, relevance and courage – I think they’re the three keys to success in 2014, in 2016 or beyond.”

I think he’s running. But could Walker actually win the nomination?

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics and author of, “The Lost Majority: Why The Future Of Government Is Up For Grabs And Who Will Take It,” likes Walker’s chances.

“The fashionable pick is Marco Rubio,” Trende said, “and I certainly see why.” But he added, “I’ll go ahead and say Scott Walker, just to be a little bit contrarian — because he’s really someone who checks off the boxes a little bit more. He’s got executive experience.”

The problem with senators is that they have voting records to contend with, Trende said, before adding that, “Scott Walker is more of a blank check who can kind of modulate himself a little bit for whatever the national and party’s mood happens to be for 2015.”

Listen to my full conversation with RCP’s Sean Trende here: