Sabotaging Your Party’s Candidate

The corporate state media is telling you that Herschel Walker’s loss is all Donald Trump’s fault. I’m not going to bother aggregating the headlines here. Just head over to Google news aggregator and you’ll see for yourself. But the gist of it all is this: Trump is over and Walker’s loss was the death blow.

Georgia Democratic Raphael Warnock defeats Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the December 6, 2022 runoff election. 

Yes, Trump endorsed Walker. But Trump was not allowed to personally campaign for Herschel Walker in the runoff election. Nor was Marjorie Taylor Greene who, despite what the media tell you, is very popular among populists in Georgia (she won her district in 2022 by two-thirds of the vote). These were the figures Republicans needed to turn out voters on game day. Instead, the Washington establishment—the Republican wing of the donor class, led by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell—sent Lindsey Graham, senator from South Carolina and Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, to campaign for Walker instead.

What really happened to Walker was the result of the Washington establishment taking over his campaign. The establishment is deeply unpopular among populist Republicans and Independents. Establishment-backed Republican candidates drive down voter turnout on game day because establishment candidates do not generate popular enthusiasm on the conservative right. Moreover, establishment Republicans openly criticized Walker’s candidacy. Key figures acted to suppress voter turnout by emphasizing Walker’s inadequacies rather than explaining to voters the paramount importance of reaching the 50-seat threshold to force Democrats into a power-sharing arrangements in the Senate.

Despite all this, everything out in the open, the corporate state media—the spin machine for the establishment—the same corporate state media that suppressed news about Hunter Biden’s laptop—tells you Herschel Walker lost because of Trump. By blaming Trump for Walker’s loss and further diminishing the president, the spin benefits the establishment wing of the Republican Party because it keeps the party aligned with the interests of the donor class.

The outcome of the 2022 election saves the asses of Joe Biden and other members of the Executive who will almost certainly be impeached by the House Republican majority in the new term. Not because of any chance of conviction (that takes two-thirds of the Senate), but because Senate hearings, if ever called, would not enjoy the status of a majority or power-sharing arrangement. And we can be sure that Senate Democrats lack the love of country to address what ought to be seen as the most significant constitutional crisis in decades. Watergate was penny-ante in shadow of the evidence of alleged crimes found on the Hunter Biden laptop.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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