Herschel Walker was quite aggressive in his debate against Raphael Warnock. But, what caught the most attention was his denial of any abortion payment and flashing a badge as an honorary sheriff.
The debate likely helped the Republican nominee for Georgia’s Senate, who had lower expectations (“I’m just not that smart”) He also acknowledged to NBC yesterday that he had sent his accuser a $700 check. She is now his mother and could use the ceremonial badge to remind people of the lies he told about his time in law enforcement.
However, that was not the most important thing to happen at that stage.
With Donald Trump’s support, Walker changed his position regarding two issues that were critical to his win.
One was his pro-life position on abortion. There were no exceptions. Opponents were critical of his stance on abortion, stating that he sent a check to his girlfriend in 2009 and that he would not allow Georgia women the same option.
Walker retreated from the discussion. Walker said that he supported the Georgia legislature’s ban on abortion after six weeks. However, there were exceptions for incest, rape, and the life or health of the mother in medical emergencies.
Walker explained that he is a Christian, but is also representing Georgians and would “stand by them”.
Another change came on the stolen-election front. Back in late 2020, Walker said, “I can guarantee you, Joe Biden didn’t get 50 million voting for him. Yet, people believe that he has won the election. He claimed that Biden had won the election during the debate. (It was with 81 million votes, by the side.
Walker has some company in the GOP. He’s not the only one. Blake Masters, the Washington State senatorial nominee, quickly removed his website from harsh anti-abortion rhetoric, support for a personhood clause, and talk of a rigged electoral process.
In general elections, candidates from both parties tend to move toward the center. Democrats attempt to placate the liberal wing, but then they backpedal and say, “Well, Medicare for All has its positive points, but I’m still not saying that you should lose private insurance.”
However, when it comes down to fundamental issues like abortion and election fraud, were these Republicans able to believe what they said then or what they are now?
Are these nominees afraid of real-world consequences, given the overwhelming support for Roe v. Wade (and the victory in a Kansas referendum that supported it)?
You could also call it a wakeup to political realities – while it was easy to adopt a maximalist pro-life position when it was theoretically possible, it can be heartless to now be against exceptions such as forcing a woman into giving birth to her rapist’s child.
Scott Jensen, the GOP nominee in Minnesota, said last spring that he would “try and ban abortion” as governor. He didn’t support exceptions for mothers whose lives were in danger. Jensen is now a doctor and supports incest and rape.
Iowa Republican House Candidat Zach Nunn wrote an opinion piece saying that he is pro-life, but supports the exceptions.
Michigan Republican House candidate Tom Barrett said he was 100 pro-life, with no exceptions. However, he has since removed any mention of his views on abortion from his website. Instead, he denigrates Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin for having “some of the most extremist abortion policies of any member of Congress.”
This raises an important point. Because they don’t want to offend their base, many Democrats refuse to declare that they oppose late-term abortions. This could allow for the ninth month. This is clearly against the consensus, which supports abortion in the first two trimesters.
Katie Hobbs, Democratic nominee for Arizona governor was asked if she would support any restrictions on abortion. Hobbs looked uncomfortable and kept saying that this was between women and their doctors.
Hobbs stated, “When you’re speaking about late-term abortion, that is extremely, extremely rare…something has gone incredibly wrong during that pregnancy… Politicians don’t belong in that decision.”
She is running against Kari lake, a Trump-backed Republican who previously took a no-exceptions position but is now vaguer. Lake said that she would uphold the law regardless of what it was, but would not comment on whether she would extend the 15-week ban by the legislature earlier in the year. She also refrained from a radio interview in which she said that abortion should not be legalized.
The importance of abortion rights is important, even though it has fallen in recent polls far beyond inflation and the economy. The media should examine these explanations and evasions from both sides.