Though our politics differ, I’ve always admired Walker. She’s a straight shooter, a champion of education with a doctorate in that field, and someone who could work the aisles with authority and good humor.
On Thursday, she poured me a Diet Pepsi Lime and we sat down for a talk about the atmosphere of today’s political scene in Utah and the nation. A lifelong Republican, she worries about the increasing radicalization of her party.
“It’s probably more extreme in Utah than in any other place,” she said, pointing to Sen. Bob Bennett’s ouster in convention this year for being too “liberal.”
“Even in conservative states, they were absolutely amazed. I’m on a couple of national committees, and it’s, ‘What’s going on?’ ”