Herschel Walker, the alleged domestic abusing, Russian roulette playing, not-so-great businessman announced on Tuesday his campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Can the former Bulldog and NFL star running back win?
In a normal world, say, on Earth 1, there’s no way in hell Walker would have even a remote chance. He’s a carpetbagging candidate with an alleged violent past against women and with no qualifications for the job of any kind. He’s not personable (I’ve met him), or inspirational.
In many ways, for a variety of reasons, he’s a mess. Train wrecks look at Walker and say: that’s impressive.
So, yes, in a normal world where people believe in facts, decency and, you know, being qualified for a job, Walker would get obliterated. The fact he was an icon in Georgia playing for the Bulldogs in the 1980s means little now to a demographic that’s shifted so dramatically since then his name recognition just doesn’t resonate the way it once did.
And anyone who believes Walker will get large amounts of the Black vote in the 2022 election (should Walker make it through the primary) against incumbent Raphael Warnock, well, that’s just silly. Walker is the kind of candidate that someone on the far right would think could get the Black vote, because that person is never around Black people.
Walker will likely get destroyed but again that’s in a normal world. We are not in a normal world. In this one, Earth 2, or five, or whatever dimension we’re in, Walker can win because so many people are nihilistic, selfish, data averse and so motivated by poking a finger in the eye of the system, he could win almost as a prank.
In fact, conservative analysts are saying that Walker can capture the GOP primary on name recognition alone. If he does, then he’ll at least be in the ring with Warnock, the way former President Donald Trump was with Hillary Clinton. Remember how that turned out?
“I do not know a single credible Republican strategist in Georgia or Washington who thinks he can be beaten in the primary,” wrote Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host based in Atlanta. “I do not know a single credible Republican strategist who thinks he can win the general. The level of frustration and aggravation from Republicans in Georgia and Washington is hard to overstate. Short of a Republican megadonor opening nonstop fire on Walker with a Super PAC to air Walker’s dirty laundry, it will be hard to beat his favorable name ID in a GOP primary.”
Like another sports personality, Tommy Tubberville, don’t be surprised if Walker does few interviews, and runs a disciplined campaign. I think Walker is capable of that and like Tuberville, he’ll stick close to Trump. The primary is set for May 24, 2022.
Walker enters the political universe at a time when everything in the world is upside down, making it the perfect place for someone like him.
We’re a country where significant portions of it doesn’t just hate expertise, we champion ignorance. People are actually proud of being uninformed. One of the smartest scientists this nation has ever produced has had his life, and his family’s, threatened for telling the truth about COVID-19.
A segment of the country has turned mask wearing into a culture war. Masks … one of the simplest tools there is to fight the disease.
All Walker has to do is what his friend Trump did, and stick to culture war issues, and avoid talking about his past. In fact, Walker has started to do this. He’s blasted Black Lives Matter as anti-American and “trained Marxists.” He’s criticized protesting NFL players.
“America is the greatest country in the world, but too many politicians in Washington are afraid to say that,” said Walker when announcing his candidacy. “Where else could a poor kid from a small town in Georgia become valedictorian of his high school, earn the Heisman Trophy, play professional football, represent the United States in the Olympics, and become CEO of multiple companies? I have lived the American Dream, but I am concerned it is slipping away for many people.”
Trump became president by laser-focusing on issues of race and culture. The fact he was recorded saying he’d grab women by their privates or was accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women or after he was elected inspired a riot at the Capitol never damaged his popularity with hardcore Republicans.
All Walker has to do is make people scared and angry, two emotions that are the primordial base on Earth 2, and he can win. Throw in some of the draconian and racist voting restrictions in the state and the margins get even closer.
Will Walker beat Warnock?
He can because have you seen what’s happening here on Earth 2?