Back in 2012, actor Clint Eastwood did an empty chair stunt at the GQP convention where he talked to an empty chair that was supposed to represent President Obama. It became one of the biggest WTF moments for the GQP in the 2012 campaign, and Eastwood came to regret it because it made him look like a fool.
I thought of the empty chair stunt when I learned that Walker didn’t show up for the debate, and the moderator stated Walker would instead be represented by an empty podium:
“Mr. Walker will be represented by this empty podium” pic.twitter.com/YbhDrcKsW3
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 16, 2022
This constitutes yet another major own goal on the part of Walker. People got to hear Senator Warnock and third-party candidate Chase Oliver but Walker refusing to attend the debate meant that people didn’t get to hear any of his responses or policy positions (if he even has any) beyond what the Orange Golden Calf (OGC) and the GQP leadership want).
And in a larger sense, the empty podium is symbolic of the entire Republican platform. They’re a largely empty podium when it comes to helping most Americans. They like to attack others but don’t want to answer questions and explain why they’re the best candidates for office, (which they never are). Eastwood and now Walker have emphasized that in manners that massively backfired on them and the GQP.