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never cease to be entertained by political operatives. Most of them glide into a town with their
iPhones and D.C. self-importance absolutely sure that the
locals are just far too inexperienced and naïve to
catch on to their mediocre polls, cookie cutter
ads and predictable modus operandi.
Sometimes they actually manage to sell
candidates and donors their rote lines,
tired ideas and “juicy” opposition research. They are usually emboldened
by their D.C. friends in high places
who provide them cover by promoting
their services as “the preference” of
the political powers-that-be. It’s amazing the numbers of sophisticated and
accomplished wealthy donors who fall
for these people again and again.
Without even knowing who they are,
it is easy to spot their handywork. And never
has it been easier than in the instance of one Herschel Walker and his announced run for the U.S. Senate
To explain what I mean and to set the stage, let me
use the words of our dearly departed legendary voice of
the Georgia Bulldogs, Larry Munson: “Get the picture…”
After the implosion of the two Georgia incumbent
bids for re-election in the January U.S. Senate runoff,
just about everyone who understood the race knew that
the two Republicans lost because a segment of Donald
Trump’s most loyal supporters did not vote for them or,
more likely, just did not vote. Those loyalists felt the two
were not supportive enough of Trump’s efforts to challenge the results of the presidential election and were
unenthusiastic about his effort to pass another COVID
But the events of January 6th, coming one day after
the Georgia election debacle, allowed the strategists and
impresarios involved with the disaster to shift their blame.
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“It was Donald Trump’s fault,” they conveniently declared.
They packed up their bags and left town with their briefcases and whiteboards.
But with every defeat there comes another
chance to make money. Rev. Raphael Warnock—
that’s Senator Warnock to you— would have
to run again in 2022, as his election was to
simply fill the unexpired term of Johnny
Isakson. Imagine the opportunity!
These gurus I speak of could
either latch on to one of the defeated Republicans for another try, or
perhaps find fresh new candidates
who they could “mold” and direct.
Perfect! Get a neophyte who knows
nothing about how to run a race for
the Senate? Now that’s a chance to
make not only a pretty penny, but to
create a new political franchise, right? Wind
them up and watch them perform as told.
One of the two who lost the runoffs, Sen. David Perdue, made it clear early on that he had no interest in a
Senate race. That’s ironic because Perdue, who may not
have always been the most enthusiastic of candidates,
was a very effective member of the Senate. The other,
Kelly Loeffler, seems very unlikely to seek the seat. So
suddenly all manner of second-tier elected officials along
with what has become the “go to” insider-GOP recipe for
congressional races—a veteran, preferably a Navy Seal
with a clean political slate— rose to the occasion.
However, someone whose name also quickly
emerged as a potential candidate was a name that looms
larger than any former U.S. Senator or would-be politician. A name more revered in Georgia than any governor or business executive. For none of them have ever
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