Uncommon Sense

December 7, 2022

Thank You, Georgians . . . I Think

Filed under: Culture,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 10:43 am
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Yesterday’s run-off election for U.S. Senate from Georgia ended with the incumbent Rafael Warnock winning over Herschel Walker 51.4% to 48.6%.

Both men were African-American so I presume racism wasn’t a player, but what about competence, integrity, virtue? Mr. Walker had none of the characteristics that would have been acceptable as a candidate for high office when I was a young man. He was caught clearly lying about his qualifications, he had children “out of wedlock” and apparently paid for an abortion or two for his paramours, while being staunchly anti-abortion in his politics. Any one of these things would have brought about his demise as a candidate just a few decades ago. So, why was this election so close?

Some pundits are claiming that people want candidates more like them. What? They want liars, cheaters, and stupid candidates? I don’t think so. I think this is a result of the demonization of the “D” party that results in large numbers of people voting for the candidate with the “R” after his/her name, regardless.

What is dismaying is the herd mentality of those who have accepted the demonization of their neighbors. Raphael Warnock is a minister in a very religious part of the country and has very few negatives in his profile. Herschel Walker admitted to living in Texas, yet he was running for Senator in Georgia, which requires candidates to be living in Georgia, for Pete’s sake. He also seems to spend much of his time confused about basic facts.

Have we gotten to the point that candidates with almost zero qualifications can run and even be elected? Apparently so, as we have to live down having elected Donald Trump to the presidency.

They say politics follows pendulum swings. One can only hope we have reached the bottom and will be returning to more rational times. But I couldn’t conceive of such a bottom as we have reached, just a few short years ago, so, I also cannot assume that “it can’t get any worse.” Clearly it can, there is no “bottom,” except what we establish as we go politically.

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9 Comments »

  1. Thank the Universe that good sense has triumphed once again!

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    Comment by Nan — December 7, 2022 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  2. I live in Georgia and voted for Warnock, of course.

    Frankly I’m not sure Walker really even wanted to run. I think Trump probably dreamed the idea up and Walker just did it because Trump asked him. You probably know Trump paid Walker his first big football contract in the USFL. I can’t be sure how much of his behavior is the result of a mental disorder from childhood or football concussions or both in combination. Mostly likely it is the last. His concession did acknowledge his lost with no claims of fraud and a call for respect for the constitution and elected officials. He looked to me like he was glad it was over.

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    Comment by James Cross — December 7, 2022 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  3. It is really odd. I read that one voter said they supported Walker because of his views on immigration and abortion, besides actually liking him. My guess is that many people are much like Walker or aspire to be, so forgiving his flaws is like forgiving your own. We’re just regular Americans, yeah we have trouble with women, love sport, shoot off at the mouth…

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    Comment by butimbeautiful — December 7, 2022 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  4. After seeing some of his public appearances I got the feeling he didn’t even really understand what was going on or what he was supposed to be doing. I felt more sorry for the poor fellow than upset that he was running. Still, it surprised me that he got as many votes as he did.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — December 7, 2022 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

    • It’s simple. He was nothing more than a tool for the R party and people voted for him because they believed the tRumpsky propaganda that has been propagated for the last two years. And because, unfortunately, there are a whole lot of people who pay little attention to politics and simply vote party line. And because, sports heroes are … well … heroes!

      But you already knew all this …

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      Comment by Nan — December 8, 2022 @ 10:33 am | Reply

      • What I don’t understand is how anyone could vote for him in the first place. What exactly does it take before even the hard core GOP voters will reject a candidate? They seem to be completely fine with things like multiple extramarital affairs, sexual assault, fraud, lies, physical assault, tax fraud, collusion with enemies of the country and, well, the list goes on and on. What does a GOP candidate have to do in order to become too toxic for them to support?

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        Comment by grouchyfarmer — December 8, 2022 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

        • Good question! BUT … IMO, there are a lot of folks that carry the tag of Republican that never read political news (definitely not like most of us do!) and simply vote party line. I’ve said it before … a large segment of people are simply too busy with work … kids … marriage … bills … etc. to focus on the political scene.

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          Comment by Nan — December 9, 2022 @ 9:55 am | Reply

          • That’s true, there are a lot of people out there who are completely ignorant of who they are really voting for, or only get their news from a single source that whitewashes the candidate and never mentions their, oh, let’s call them idiosyncrasies.

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            Comment by grouchyfarmer — December 9, 2022 @ 10:33 pm | Reply


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