“Since we don’t control the air, our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air. So when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then — now we got we to clean that back up.”
Yes, Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker really said those words, in that order. The gibberish is on a recently released video of an appearance he made last week at a local GOP picnic in Hall County, northeast of Atlanta, when Walker spoke, if you can call it that, about climate change. The Republican Party, desperate to take control of the Senate, actually nominated a candidate to defeat Democratic incumbent Ralph Warnock whose grasp of science, logic and language is that infantile.
Walker’s sole qualifications, if you can call them that, for the Senate are that he is a local and national sports celebrity, and black. He has no other qualifications. In addition to his obvious lack of education and erudition, he has also lied repeatedly for years, presenting himself as someone he is not. He is a neon-bright hypocrite, lecturing about the responsibilities of fatherhood while hiding the existence of his own children conceived without the security of a secure relationship with their mothers.
Oh yes—there’s one more “qualification”: he supports Donald Trump, who helped launch the professional football league that Walker once dominated.
That quote is signature significance. It is the statement of a man who thinks, reasons and and speaks like a child, and not a very bright child at that. Kamala Harris is justly mocked for statements that are Churchillian by comparison. If Joe Biden offered an explanation like that, his Cabinet would be drafting the document to trigger the 25th Amendment within hours.
It’s easy to blame Walker’s party for nominating someone so obviously unfit for office. Both parties have now sunk to embracing the cynical and irresponsible practice of ignoring their obligation to offer qualified and trustworthy candidates, concentrating instead on family associations, celebrity, charisma, and glib demagoguery. Character simply doesn’t factor into the equation at all. The last legitimately qualified candidate for President was George H.W. Bush. He didn’t help the cause of qualified politicians by being a weak and ineffective Chief Executive, but Bush I left the White House thirty years ago. Now the practice of nominating flavors of the month based on polls and buzz has been institutionalized across the political spectrum. After all, it works…it works at getting really bad leaders and representative of the public put into positions of power where they can do extensive damage.
The ultimate blame, however, for this particular unqualified candidate must be placed on Walker himself. He’s a walking, babbling phony. If he doesn’t realize how unqualified he is to be a U.S. Senator, then he’s spectacular ignorant and stupid on top of his other deficits. If he does realize it, then Walker is thoroughly irredeemable as a citizen.
Meanwhile, I see almost no criticism of Walker in the conservative media, except from the perspective that he’s in the process of blowing the election and thus hurting the GOP. Walker deserves to lose, and conservatives are obligated to say so.
ADDED: Commenter Michael West makes the legitimate point that the context of Walker’s remarks (which you can view here) was his point that the “Green New Deal” climate change policies required spending billions on US pollution that would not do anything to alleviate the environmental problems in India and China. But that point needs clear elaboration, and nonsense, even if one assumes its tongue-in-cheek, about air moving back and forth between China and the US just magnifies ignorance and confusion, while raising the question of how well Walker understands the complex issue, if at all.
Yes, the news media has focused on that single quote. (And it is ridiculously hard to find the entire video.) That is typical and predictable, and a competent candidate has to avoid handing them sticks to beat him with.