Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has experienced a "boomlet" over the last few weeks—a few well-received speeches, increased attention, heady public poll results. But plenty of political observers, including conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, say they have seen it coming.
"He has come out of nowhere, and my point is he hasn't come out of nowhere," Limbaugh said on his Jan. 26 show, referencing Walker's rave reviews after a weekend in Iowa. "He's been front and center but unreported on. But Republicans and conservative voters and so forth know exactly who he is and what he stands for."
Limbaugh's own show, though, shows another side of what happens when a candidate surges in the Republican presidential contest. While Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney dominated the headlines throughout most of January, Limbaugh barely mentioned the Wisconsin governor. But since Walker's performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit garnered a standing ovation near the end of the month, the high-rated talk radio program has been awash in all things Walker.
After three weeks without a mention by Limbaugh, Walker appears 200 times in transcripts of The Rush Limbaugh Show over the last week of January and the first week of February, a feedback loop broadcasting Walker's name to thousands upon thousands of Republican listeners across the country.