The Herschel Walker Lesson is Not What You are Being Told

The Daily Beast’s pre-planned, slow-rolled, take-him-out hit pieces on Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker is a game that has been played many times by loyal Democratic partners in the media.

This 13-year-old story being dropped in October before a hotly contested race is the very definition of an October Surprise, and the perfect inverse to the FBI, legacy media, and social media working together to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story two years earlier. This is how it works today. Fantastical lies can be spread about Republican Supreme Court nominees (think of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh) and politicians at precisely the pivotal moment. A story that would have hurt Joe Biden is smothered out.

These are the rules. What’s good for one side is not good for the other. The game is one-sided and that is not changing anytime soon. This is but one reason why the new “revelations” about Walker should mean absolutely nothing to Georgia voters. The stakes for the future of America are too great. And this lopsided game is too old.

Rather than demanding a candidate pass a personal purity test on abortion, voters ought to be asking whether the candidate (accused now of personal hypocrisy or low personal character) will cast moral votes while in office? That is all the information voters need. If voters believe candidate A will be much better than candidate Ze/Zem when voting on bills, then any personal hypocrisies by candidate A must be thrown aside. Voters are obligated to cast their vote in favor of the person who will pursue the public policy they believe in and support. Not doing so is tantamount to a vote for a candidate who supports what the voter opposes. That is simply irrational and self-defeating.

If the goal of the Democrat-allied Daily Beast’s hit pieces was to tamp down the Georgia pro-life vote and make some swing voters swing away from the football star, then being persuaded by them is political suicide that ensures the other side will continue to use this tactic.

Applying this axiom to the case of Walker, if any Georgia pro-life voters decide not to vote for Walker because of the Democrat-run October Surprise machine, they may actually be voting to sign the death warrant for hundreds of thousands or millions more unborn babies.

Let that sink in, because this is indisputable. Walker’s opponent supports federal legislation legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth nationwide—invalidating every state law protecting unborn babies that pro-life voters have fought for decades to pass. Some interpret the legislation to allow for post-abortion infanticide under the law.

If the Walker stories are all true, which is not proven, Walker paid for a girlfriend’s abortion 13 years ago but now wants to fight to ban most abortions. His opponent wants to force you to pay for all abortions. Walker’s opponent’s position is orders of magnitude more consequential. This should be a no-brainer for a pro-lifer, because his opponent’s character failings could get untold thousands of babies killed. These are the choices.

If we look at the other side, we see how this works. In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama said definitively that marriage was between one man and one woman. Many knew instinctively he was lying. But his base that was friendly to gay marriage didn’t care. They turned out in droves to vote for him because they didn’t apply a purity test. They understood what he meant to say.

Four years later, he was maintaining that position until the bumbling Vice President Joe Biden spilled the beans publicly and Obama was forced to say his thinking had “evolved”—political speak for flip-flopping, or in this case, telling the truth. Again, he was not punished for it at the polls. His supporters helped give him a second term. In those eight years Obama appointed Supreme Court justices that took the issue into their own activist hands and divined that gay marriage was indeed constitutionally protected.

Another four years later, a lot of us were not thrilled with the Donald Trump nomination. For me personally, I stuck with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) until the bitter end. Trump’s character was a significant challenge. As a Bible-believing Christian, married 42 years with eight children, Trump represented a lot of what I thought to be wrong with America. But I measured the other option and spent roughly a non-second deciding that Trump had my vote.

I was called a hypocrite and fake Christian (usually by non-Christians) for years afterward because of my increasingly vocal support for President Trump. Do not be moved by the slings and arrows of people or media with deceitful motives and malicious intent. Think bigger. I was surprised at just how conservatively Trump governed. As a pro-life “extremist,” what I saw was the appointment of Supreme Court justices who overturned the atrocity of Roe v. Wade—to say nothing of the container ship full of other successes from the border to the economy to the Middle East to energy independence.

These are the stakes. You may not like it. I sure don’t. It’s simply reality. In truth, it probably always has been. But at this stage in our Republic’s rapid decline, we deny this truth to our own demise.


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About Rod Thomson

Rod Thomson is a former daily newspaper reporter and columnist, former Salem radio host and ABC TV commentator, and current Founder of The Thomson Group, a Florida-based political consulting firm. He has eight children and seven grandchildren and a rapacious hunger to fight for America for them. Follow him on Twitter at @Rod_Thomson or Truth Social at @rodthomson. Email him at rod@thomsonpr.com.

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