Georgia Republican Herschel Walker isn’t fit to serve in the Senate, but neither is incumbent radical Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. For voters in the broad political middle, the safest choice, by far, is Walker.
Yes, Republicans should never have nominated Walker, and even after nominating him, they should have tried to find a way to provide voters with another choice. Still, with President Joe Biden trying to govern as an uncompromising leftist and at least 50 Democratic allies for him already in a 100-member Senate presided over by his extremist vice president, Kamala Harris, there is not much Walker can do to cause harm to the public weal. His vote and his behavior can’t momentously hurt public policy.
Walker’s vote can, however, help block the worst of the Biden-Harris-Chuck Schumer excesses. They are excesses that the awful Warnock would be supporting wholeheartedly but that Walker’s single vote might stop.
Even on the level of character, Warnock is at least as compromised as Walker. The latter’s campaign is close to the mark as it portrays Warnock as a race-baiting, hate-excusing, dictator-promoting, Marxist-sympathizing, campaign–cheating, financially unethical, heartless slumlord. And his voting record is so extremely leftist as to be a horrible fit for a large majority of his Georgia constituents.
Warnock will vote for every radical nominee Biden puts forward for the judiciary, the executive branch, or quasi-independent agencies. Walker won’t. With Walker’s vote, the Senate can still block the worst of the nominees if even one centrist Democrat, such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), decides Biden’s choice is just too much to stomach. Right now, for example, judicial nominee Nancy Gbana Abadu languishes, unconfirmed, for the federal appeals court overseeing Georgia cases. She is an extremist who works for the scandal-ridden, utterly discredited, hard-left Southern Poverty Law Center. She argues not only that a requirement for voter identification but even a mere requirement that voters actually be citizens is “voter suppression.” If Warnock becomes the 51st rather than the 50th Democratic senator, Abudu surely will be confirmed. If Walker is in the Senate, she won’t be.
Likewise, Manchin’s opposition derailed unworthy nominees Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Federal Reserve Board (or re-nominees), the anti-pipeline regulator Richard Glick as the deciding vote at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Neera Tanden to direct the Office of Management and Budget. Without Walker as the 50th Republican vote, Manchin’s sensible opposition to the worst of the worst of Biden’s nominees won’t matter because 50 other Democrats and Harris can confirm them over Manchin’s objections.
Even worse, with 51 votes instead of 50, Democrats will be on the knife’s edge of being able to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster rule that protects the prerogatives of large minority coalitions. Once eliminated, the filibuster is likely never to make a comeback, and a bare 50-plus-vice president majority in the future will be able to ram through legislation without hearings or debate, which affects the rights and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people.
The Constitution’s framers believed that gridlock could be a good thing so that unworthy “ambition must be made to counteract ambition” in order that really bad ideas or people don’t get put into law or power. As senator, Walker can help put into effect that helpful form of gridlock that protects Georgians and all the public from nearly irreversible government error. Warnock would destroy that gridlock and push the error into all our lives.
For all those reasons, centrist and independent Georgians who want to keep the government from making life worse, even if they aren’t conservative, should want Walker, not Warnock, as their senator.