Opinion If Herschel Walker wins in Georgia, America will have lost its mind

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By Eugene Robinson
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July 11, 2022 at 4:59 p.m. EDT

It’s not yet clear who will be the weirdest and most unfit Republican Senate candidate in November. But my early pick is Herschel Walker in Georgia. If he wins — and he could — this nation has truly lost its mind.
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The flashing red lights and blaring sirens are not just about the former football star’s myriad lies and stunning hypocrisy. That kind of stuff doesn’t necessarily trouble GOP voters in the least, given their continued devotion to Donald Trump, who counts Walker as a longtime friend. It’s Walker’s combination of utter ignorance and total confidence, which challenges even that of the former president.
Mind you, Walker does challenge even Trump’s record of dubious achievement on the lies-and-hypocrisy score. For years, he railed against the irresponsibility shown by absent African American fathers. The “fatherless home is a major, major problem” in the Black community, he told conservative radio host Charlie Kirk in 2020. In a 2021 conversation with conservative personalities Diamond and Silk, Walker lamented: “The father leaves in the Black family. He leaves the boys alone so they’ll be raised by their mom. If you have a child with a woman, even if you have to leave that woman … you don’t leave that child.”
That stance became a punchline when it was revealed that Walker, who proudly describes his relationship with his 22-year-old son Christian, is also the father of three other children of whom he does not speak — and with whom he is not in regular contact. According to reporting by the Daily Beast, the mother of one of those unmentioned children, a 10-year-old boy, had to sue Walker to get him to pay child support.
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I’m old enough to remember when one secret “love child” was enough to end the political career of John Edwards, who twice was a credible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Three secret offspring haven’t slowed Walker down any more than would-be tacklers did when he was barreling down the field for touchdowns at the University of Georgia.
As for lies, Walker claimed he graduated from college when he didn’t, claimed he had “worked in law enforcement” when he didn’t, and claimed he owned “the largest minority-owned chicken business in the United States” when he didn’t.
We’ve had liars and hypocrites in the Senate before — we have some now, actually — and the republic has survived. But to an alarming degree, even for a senator, Walker seems to believe he knows everything about everything — while his words suggest he knows nothing about anything at all.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this is how he explained his views on climate change to a group of Republican activists: “We don’t control the air. Our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air. So when China gets our good air, their bad air has got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then, now, we’ve got we to clean that back up.”
This is how, in March, he explained his doubts about evolution: “At one time, science said man came from apes. Did it not? ... If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it.”
This is how he promised right-wing podcast host Glenn Beck a quack cure for covid in August 2020: “Do you know, right now, I have something that can bring you into a building that would clean you from covid as you walk through this dry mist?”
And this is what he said on Fox News two days after the Uvalde, Tex., school shooting: “Cain killed Abel and that’s a problem that we have. What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You know, you talked about doing a disinformation — what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at their social media. What about doing that? Looking into things like that and we can stop that that way.”
Even by the standards of today’s Senate, a body of which Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is a member, this is incoherent, “Looney Tunes” babble — even if Walker rambled his way around to a generally sensible position: increasing funding for mental health treatment.
While Walker wanders along the campaign trail, Walker’s Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, has concentrated on emphasizing what he has accomplished for Georgians in his brief time in office. Despite the choice between crazed and competent, polls show Walker and Warnock in a statistical tie.
Warnock won his seat in a runoff election on Jan. 5, 2021, after Trump, furious at having lost the state, told Georgia Republicans that their votes wouldn’t be counted fairly. Trump essentially gifted Warnock his seat. Now, by endorsing Walker, let’s hope Trump may be doing it again.

 

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Stunner, a far left liberal thinks it’d be crazy if a republican wins. Especially a black republican.
He's not a black republican, he's Uncle Tom Walker to the Libbies! We can't have that. LOL!
 

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By Eugene Robinson
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July 11, 2022 at 4:59 p.m. EDT

It’s not yet clear who will be the weirdest and most unfit Republican Senate candidate in November. But my early pick is Herschel Walker in Georgia. If he wins — and he could — this nation has truly lost its mind.
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The flashing red lights and blaring sirens are not just about the former football star’s myriad lies and stunning hypocrisy. That kind of stuff doesn’t necessarily trouble GOP voters in the least, given their continued devotion to Donald Trump, who counts Walker as a longtime friend. It’s Walker’s combination of utter ignorance and total confidence, which challenges even that of the former president.
Mind you, Walker does challenge even Trump’s record of dubious achievement on the lies-and-hypocrisy score. For years, he railed against the irresponsibility shown by absent African American fathers. The “fatherless home is a major, major problem” in the Black community, he told conservative radio host Charlie Kirk in 2020. In a 2021 conversation with conservative personalities Diamond and Silk, Walker lamented: “The father leaves in the Black family. He leaves the boys alone so they’ll be raised by their mom. If you have a child with a woman, even if you have to leave that woman … you don’t leave that child.”
That stance became a punchline when it was revealed that Walker, who proudly describes his relationship with his 22-year-old son Christian, is also the father of three other children of whom he does not speak — and with whom he is not in regular contact. According to reporting by the Daily Beast, the mother of one of those unmentioned children, a 10-year-old boy, had to sue Walker to get him to pay child support.
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I’m old enough to remember when one secret “love child” was enough to end the political career of John Edwards, who twice was a credible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Three secret offspring haven’t slowed Walker down any more than would-be tacklers did when he was barreling down the field for touchdowns at the University of Georgia.
As for lies, Walker claimed he graduated from college when he didn’t, claimed he had “worked in law enforcement” when he didn’t, and claimed he owned “the largest minority-owned chicken business in the United States” when he didn’t.
We’ve had liars and hypocrites in the Senate before — we have some now, actually — and the republic has survived. But to an alarming degree, even for a senator, Walker seems to believe he knows everything about everything — while his words suggest he knows nothing about anything at all.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this is how he explained his views on climate change to a group of Republican activists: “We don’t control the air. Our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air. So when China gets our good air, their bad air has got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then, now, we’ve got we to clean that back up.”
This is how, in March, he explained his doubts about evolution: “At one time, science said man came from apes. Did it not? ... If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it.”
This is how he promised right-wing podcast host Glenn Beck a quack cure for covid in August 2020: “Do you know, right now, I have something that can bring you into a building that would clean you from covid as you walk through this dry mist?”
And this is what he said on Fox News two days after the Uvalde, Tex., school shooting: “Cain killed Abel and that’s a problem that we have. What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You know, you talked about doing a disinformation — what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at their social media. What about doing that? Looking into things like that and we can stop that that way.”
Even by the standards of today’s Senate, a body of which Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is a member, this is incoherent, “Looney Tunes” babble — even if Walker rambled his way around to a generally sensible position: increasing funding for mental health treatment.
While Walker wanders along the campaign trail, Walker’s Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, has concentrated on emphasizing what he has accomplished for Georgians in his brief time in office. Despite the choice between crazed and competent, polls show Walker and Warnock in a statistical tie.
Warnock won his seat in a runoff election on Jan. 5, 2021, after Trump, furious at having lost the state, told Georgia Republicans that their votes wouldn’t be counted fairly. Trump essentially gifted Warnock his seat. Now, by endorsing Walker, let’s hope Trump may be doing it again.

I cannot for the life of me understand why the GOP wants this level of stupid. Is it to just own the libs? If so we as a country are so very screwed.
 
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Stunner, a far left liberal thinks it’d be crazy if a republican wins. Especially a black republican.
I think it's crazy that a semi-literate serial liar with three bastard kids who thinks climate change is caused by "bad Chinese air" and a history of domestic violence is the preferred choice of "family values" Republicans for a seat in the U.S. Senate, but here we are.

Life is kooky.
 
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Stunner, a far left liberal thinks it’d be crazy if a republican wins. Especially a black republican.

So that's a requirement to hold Political Office now? When the hell did this start? LOL!

And here I thought marrying your brother was the new norm to qualify, on the Dem side anyway. LOL!

Aside from playing football at Georgia, why exactly is he the gop nominee?
 

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Look who you are dealing with. A poster that has demonstrated absolutely zero ability to have an original, coherent thought.
Honestly posters kind of blend in after awhile. Try to give everyone a chance. Well until they bore me.
 
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Really is nuts Mitch McConnell gave his blessing on the party backing Walker in the primaries.
 
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Really is nuts Mitch McConnell gave his blessing on the party backing Walker in the primaries.

To give Mitch his due, the gop field for this race was incredibly weak since they were all waiting for Walker to decide. Once he did, the nomination was a fait accompli and endorsing him was basically the only option left.

Mitch is one of the most political animals we’ve had in Congress, alongside Pelosi to be fair, that we’ve seen on DC in decades. He doesn’t do anything that he thinks might hurt the party.
 
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torbee

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To give Mitch his due, the gop field for this race was incredibly weak since they were all waiting for Walker to decide. Once he did, the nomination was a fait accompli and endorsing him was basically the only option left.

Mitch is one of the most political animals we’ve had in Congress, alongside Pelosi to be fair, that we’ve seen on DC in decades. He doesn’t do anything that he thinks might hurt the party.
I agree with your analysis.

That said, at SOME POINT (I have to believe to maintain my sanity) there will be a backlash on the GOP for running all these idiotic, brainless, mean-spirited candidates simply on a platform of "owning the libs."

And Herschel Walker is one of the most stunning and ridiculous examples. The man is legitimately a moron.
 

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Hershel Walker might be the worst Republican candidate for any elected office in this country.
And that's saying something.

Even Georgians can't be dumb enough, right?
 
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Hershel Walker might be the worst Republican candidate for any elected office in this country.
And that's saying something.

Even Georgians can't be dumb enough, right?


Walker leads in a recent poll

 

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The thing is - they really don't care about governance anymore. They just want people who will be willing to toe the line and vote for whatever insane christian nationalist shit that is pushed forward. In fact, if they aren't bright minds that's a plus as thinking people might have doubts.
 

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Walker leads in a recent poll

Warnock absolutely needs to push for debates this fall. I suspect the Walker campaign will look for excuses to avoid them.

This entire thing in Georgia comes down to Stacy Abrams getting the voters engaged.

It really isn't an exaggeration to say this country is fvcked if a guy like Hershel wins.
 

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No doubt that Walker was the worst of the Republican candidates but he may very well win because his opponent is so weak. If Walker wins, it will be because he will get dragged along on the coattails of people voting for Kemp. Probably a similar story for Warnock as well, if he wins it will be probably be due to the Abrams voters.
 

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I think it's crazy that a semi-literate serial liar with three bastard kids who thinks climate change is caused by "bad Chinese air" and a history of domestic violence is the preferred choice of "family values" Republicans for a seat in the U.S. Senate, but here we are.

Life is kooky.
Doing D's a favor. Warnock would have been vulnerable to a Youngkin type republican.
 

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Doing D's a favor. Warnock would have been vulnerable to a Youngkin type republican.

It's always bad news when crazies win primaries regardless of whether it helps one "team" win in the general election. Yes, it's worse news when crazies make it to Congress; but it's a very bad sign when they are consistently winning primaries. Because it demonstrates that a significant portion of our country has, indeed, lost its damn mind.
 

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It's always bad news when crazies win primaries regardless of whether it helps one "team" win in the general election. Yes, it's worse news when crazies make it to Congress; but it's a very bad sign when they are consistently winning primaries. Because it demonstrates that a significant portion of our country has, indeed, lost its damn mind.

Crazies tend to win primaries though,.. because it's the crazy voters that tend to control the primaries.
 
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