In a Wednesday morning tweet that was almost poetic in its crypticness, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he would vote for the Republican nominee for president. He strongly hinted that it would be the candidate with the most delegates, i.e., Donald Trump.
Walker's tweet was meaningful only for the context that it didn't include. In a June scrum with Wisconsin reporters outside a sausage factory, the governor appeared to speak the language of the ambitious but struggling "Free the Delegates" movement. "I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit," he said, echoing similar comments from Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
Even though he had been the first front-runner to tumble and quit the GOP primaries — meaning that he won zero primary or caucus votes — this sparked interest in Walker as a consensus candidate in the event of a coup. Courageous Conservatives PAC, a onetime pro-Ted Cruz organization that is now given over to the "Free the Delegates" cause, said in a statement on Tuesday that Walker needed to run.
"Gov. Walker’s name is the only one being mentioned seriously as someone who can unite all factions of the Republican Party and we’re urging him to step forward and agree to accept a draft," said PAC spokesman Steve Lonegan, who has become a frequent TV surrogate for #NeverTrumpers.
Hours after that statement, Walker said he would take a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention. A few hours later came the discussion-ending tweet.