So said Butch Coolidge, Bruce Willis's character in Pulp Fiction, one of the best movies I've ever seen.
Why do I bring this up? Because for years, I've been underestimating Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Ever since I drove up to Madison in support of the protesters in the winter of 2011, through his 2012 recall campaign and his reelection to a second term last fall, I've been waiting for this guy -- whom I had just assumed was little more than a useful idiot for the Koch brothers -- to fail. And so far I've been wrong, wrong and wrong.
Now I read that the potential Republican candidate for president wowed the faithful at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend (my emphasis):
The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many.
Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches.
“It was a clear Walker victory. He had expectations coming in here, he was on everyone's shortlist and he had to meet those expectations and I thought he far exceeded them,” said former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig Robinson. “I thought his speech was just perfect, and I thought his delivery was perfect. The delivery really surprised me.”
Could Scott Walker be the next Republican nominee for president? Maybe. The fresh-faced tea party governor of a purple Midwestern swing state could appeal to the establishment, evangelical Christian and libertarian wings of the party. I'm not sure I can think of anyone else who could do that. (Maybe Marco Rubio and/or Bobby Jindal.)
But I'm beginning to wonder if I've been seriously underestimating this guy (again). I sure hope Hillary & Co. aren't.