Last week, I asked John about his recent column exploring Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign in Georgia. John finds it insulting that Republicans would elevate a candidate who is, in John’s view, supremely unqualified for the job. He sees it as a condescending, cynical ploy to lure black voters away from the Democratic incumbent, Raphael Warnock, using a candidate who has seems to have little going for him other than the fact that he is African American.
I have to confess, while I tried to play devil’s advocate and defend Walker, I couldn’t find many attractive qualities in him as a candidate. John’s argument seemed sound enough to me.
But John and I may have missed the mark, and we heard about it from regular correspondent and TGS fan-favorite Clifton Roscoe. As you’ll read below, Clifton takes us to task for ignoring a factor that makes Walker truly competitive as a candidate: the Trump factor. Walker has a decades-long affiliation with Trump, and the Former President hand-picked him to run. As a Georgia resident and a keen, numbers-driven political observer, Clifton outlines the case for Walker, which has less to do with his race and more to do with negative partisanship. Walker is not Warnock, he is not a Democrat, he is not woke, and he is not a friend to Joe Biden. Clifton argues that those qualifications, which Georgia voters understand full well, may be enough to put him over the top.
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