By Jeff Simpson
There is a story today on the Daily Beast about Scott Walker's Homeschool army.
Perhaps more than any other 2016er, Walker is consistent and vocal in acknowledging that homeschooling is a valid form of education—and this support could pay huge political dividends in the Republican primary.
He mentioned it in his 2015 budget address, in his 2014 State of the State speech, in his 2015 inaugural address, and all over the campaign trail, as well as at Gov. Rick Scott’s invite-only event in Disney last week for business power brokers.
This is by design.
In an exclusive Q&A with The Daily Beast, Walker expressed deep affection and support for parents who teach their kids at home.
The governor’s relationship with the homeschool community is complex, and—given his presidential ambitions—extremely important.
Even though homeschooling is not the place to get a good education, Scott Walker cares much more about Scott Walker's career than your child's education, so he will continue courting homeschoolers.
However, there was one paragraph in this story that really stood out.
Homeschool families have long been a political force in the all-important Iowa Caucus. They helped propel former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to a surprise win there in 2008 and were heavily courted by Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum in 2012.
Yes President Huckabee and President Santorum should be able to give Mr. Walker some very good advice on how to take an Iowa Caucus win, and a homeschool army all the way to the White House!