The campaign to Draft David Walker for President is an awfully strange one in many ways, right down to David Walker himself making an appearance on national TV to declare that he wasn’t running for president, and he wasn’t encouraging anyone to vote for him for president, except back when he repeatedly did, but anyway he’d consider it if anyone were to start a draft campaign to make him a presidential candidate, and look, here’s some colleagues of his from Americans Elect and the Concord Coalition who have done just that.
The latest strangeness in the Draft Walker story comes from the twitter account of the Draft Walker Campaign, which is declining to share the policy ideas of David Walker when asked. The pitch: just vote for David Walker first. After he wins, then you can find out what he stands for!
Mark Smith: @DraftWalker Not single-issue voter but protecting #life very important incl #abortion, natural #endoflife. Where do u stand?
DraftWalker: @MtnrSmith This is a draft effort, not a campaign. We wont know the full range of views until/if he runs. Just what he’s said publicly.
DraftWalker: @sikhny All your support would do is get him on the ballot for the Americans Elect primary, then you’d get that platform from him.
Nils Werner: @DraftWalker Where can i find out more about his platform so i can get an idea why AECorps is slanting the whole thing in his favor?
DraftWalker: @inils What platform? He’s not a candidate yet. We’re trying to draft him.
Call me a traditionalist, but usually I look at a candidate’s platform for policy action — like, say, massive cuts to programs that help struggling Americans — before I decide whether to vote for them. Silly old-fashioned me, I’ve got it all backward.