The biggest problem with the Herschel Walker allegations isn’t necessarily that it’s all that surprising or implausible that Walker did exactly what he was accused of and is lying about it – as the accusations become clearer, but that the GOP is still largely discordant on how to deal with it.
They’re still not quite in agreement yet that this actually is something that happened and that everyone accusing him is lying – as his own family has turned against him and right wing media pundit Erick Erickson accidentally dismissed the earliest allegations as “old news” that he thought everyone already knew.
Rick Scott, one of the party’s most successful grifters currently sitting in the Senate, decided to go on TV to defend him – giving a trial balloon to what he hopes will be the party’s latest talking point – that it’s a desperate last-ditch effort by Democrats to discredit their opponent, since he’s winning. It was probably also not the wisest idea to compare him to Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, who were also guilty of pretty egregious things before their SCOTUS career – but he decided to do it anyway.
While it may be tempting to see this as the end of Walker’s campaign – that would be wrong, as this race will be dangerously close regardless of what happens between now and Nov 8. What it does, mean, however, is that we can win if we put in the work by getting people to turn out and vote to maintain Senate control, with our very qualified candidate, Sen. Raphael Warnock. Let’s do all we can to make sure he wins re-election.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making