The thing is, saying you’re against abortion was a sure way to pick up easy votes- 50 years ago. Attitudes toward abortion have changed and in many places if not most, being anti-abortion is going to gin up your opposition and depress your base.
Georgia Republicans are in a bind. They’ve been backing Walker for months, and it turns out he lied and paid for an abortion. What’s a loyal Republican to do? I predict even with all the fallout, it will be a close race to watch. They can’t abandon him now.
Well, technically, the only official qualification is you must be over 30 years of age. In terms of what should qualify a person, realistially, there might be 20 or so qualified Rs. The level of “did he actually say that?” coming out of the Capitol is disheatening.
The Washington Post has a great article (paywall) about how this has been looming in the background of his candidacy since before he was an official candidate. It cites 19 sources (many anonymous) who’ve been involved in Walker’s campaign.
“Herschel Walker fails to pull out of the race early enough to avoid the social consequences, and is forced to abort his campaign rather late. But experts say that doing so was justified, because it wasn’t considered viable and was unlikely to survive.”
“Walker was quoted as saying the entire affair was a ‘miscarriage of justice’.”
Yeah, for some of the Republicans it’s a minor issue compared to keeping the eeeeeevil Democrats from their socialist agenda. I’ve heard some voter interviews where it went like this: “Well the very i-dee-yah of him paying for an abortion gives me the vapors, oh really it does, but you have to look at the big pick-cha and we need his vote in the Senate to keep that horrid Mister Biden from inflicting more inflation on this great land…”
It’s the dark mirror of the common Democrat pledge to vote for anyone running against X Fascist-Light Republican criminal. (“I’d vote for a rotting cabbage if it was running against Donald Trump.”) Difference being, Democrats have tried very hard not to let the rotting cabbages win primaries so that we don’t have to hold our noses and claim they don’t stink as we vote for them. Republicans seem hell-bent on finding the squishiest, smelliest, most putrescent cabbage they can dig from the bottom of the landfill, squirting a little Febreze on it, and calling it the savior of Freedumb while denying that it smells and accusing people with working noses of being partisan hack liars.
I am reminded of H. L. Mencken’s comment on a country that, out of all the available candidates, chose Calvin Coolidge to be President: “It is as if a hungry man, set before a banquet prepared by master cooks and covering a table an acre in area, should turn his back upon the feast and stay his stomach by catching and eating flies.”
Twenty years ago, an abortion scandal like this probably would have been enough to sink a Republican candidate.
Nowadays, though, people are way too tribal in their politics and I doubt this will make much of a difference. Yesterday on NPR they interviewed Ralph Reed, and he basically said this was much ado about nothing, that these allegations remain unproven, and that this was just another way for the Democrats to deflect from issues that really matter. And then, he proceeded to do some deflecting of his own by talking about inflation and gas prices.
I’m really hardpressed to think of anything that might torpedo a Republican candidate these days other than maybe video of said candidate buggering a live boy or a dead girl. And sadly, in a lot of places I don’t think even that would do it.
I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I have never vilified Republicans like Trump and his gutless minions in Congress. I wasn’t fond of Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr., or Jr., but I didn’t hate them or see them as inherently or pathologically evil. Still, as soon as Donald came down the escalator, I hated him and everything he stood for, even before he vilified all Hispanic immigrants.
I don’t despise non-MAGA Republicans, even though I often disagree with them, and I particularly admire Liz Cheney for standing up to Trump and calling him out for his lies and deception.
Putting Trump in charge of the country created a monster who, even today, dictates what happens in the Republican Party. Until Trump and his brainwashed followers are entirely rooted out of Government, I will do everything I can to keep them from destroying our country.
Dana Loesch, nationally syndicated radio host, “I am concerned about one thing, and one thing only, at this point. So I don’t care if Herschel Walker paid to abort endangered baby eagles — I want control of the Senate.”