The Zugzwang Train In Georgia

As I write this, I have no idea who will win Georgia’s run-off for the U.S. Senate. Ethically, it doesn’t matter: the prospect of either result—Sen. Warnock’s re-election, or a victory for Republican Hershel Walker—is horrible. This is an even worse ethics zugszwang election than Hillary vs. Trump in 2016, except that the Presidency is obviously more important than the Senate, and an incompetent, dishonest, untrustworthy occupant can do far more damage there.

Ethics Alarms has discussed the awful choice offered Georgians many times over the past few months, mostly focusing on Walker, who is the most unqualified candidate for the U.S. Senate offered by a major party in my lifetime, and possibly ever. Warnock, however, is only slightly better, and he’s representing the political party that is slightly more unethical and incompetent than Walker’s party. Walker’s scandals are marginally more numerous and worse; his lies are more outrageous, his hypocrisy more stunning. But then Warnock says stuff like his ridiculous explanation (on MSNBC, naturally, with Joy Reid, of course) of why he is a radical abortion supporter:

“I have been studying the Scriptures my whole life. I’m committed to the faith. And, as a pastor, I have a profound reverence for life. And, as a pastor and a person of faith, I have a deep respect for choice.  If we care about life, black women are dying three to four times the rate of white women in childbirth, as a result of childbirth. And so, if you care about life, we ought to find a way and address the obvious bias in our health care system….I think it’s exactly what Jesus would do,”

Warnock isn’t just unfit to be in the Senate, he’s unfit to be in the clergy.

Zugzwang is a chess term for a position on the board for a player where any move will be disastrous. Ethics zugzwang is used on this blog to describe no win situations where an ethical outcome is no longer possible. That’s where Georgia is tonight. As usual, it took an impressive confluence of incompetence, lack of responsibility and stupidity to reach this point. Warnock wouldn’t be in the Senate in all likelihood if President Trump hadn’t nauseated independents with his tantrum after the 2020 election, thus causing the GOP to lose both Senate seats and control of the Senate itself. Both parties failed their duty to the nation by sticking voters with two such miserable candidates. Trump messed things up again by endorsing Walker, propelling him to a victory in the Republican primaries over more competent options (and almost anyone would be one). Georgia voters have shown their lack of civic literacy and competence by supporting Walker and Warnock. I would say that they deserve what they get, but they are inflicting the dire consequences of their stupidity on the rest of the nation.

Now we are all stuck on The Ethics Zugzwang Train in Georgia…

Ethics proved too much for the man
(Too much for the man)
(He doesn’t get it)
Herschel’s running to win a Senate seat, oh

He says he doesn’t know at all
( Doesn’t know at all)
‘Bout three abortions
And girls he left behind
Not so long ago

He’s riding (Riding!)
On that Zugzwang Train in Georgia
(Taking a long ride!)
In a simple-minded state (that’s where he takes that ride)
Oh yes, he is (guess who’s gonna sit right by his side?)

Yes, Warnock’s with him (I know he is!)
On that Zugzwang Train in Georgia
(Both are on that Zugzwang train in Georgia!)
I’d rather exit this world (exiting this world)
Than than have either in mine…



6 thoughts on “The Zugzwang Train In Georgia

  1. If the balance of powers in the Senate weren’t so important I would shrug my shoulders and say Georgia deserves what it gets. Now, we pay the price with Warnock back in the his seat. Walker was a slightly better choice because he could be controlled. But, hey, . . .


  2. An anti-abortion candidate who had three women claim that he pressured them to have abortions; a supposedly dedicated father who had a pack of unacknowledged kids, and whose son came forward to call him a liar and abuser…it would have taken a miracle for such a candidate to defeat an incumbent, even an awful one like Warnock.

    Do Republican vet their candidates at all? And Trump endorsed this guy…but then he also had Michael Cohen as his trusted personal lawyer for years. Great judge of character, as always.

    The GOP became the first party since they started electing Senators not to defeat a single incumbent in a mid-term election with the opposing party holing the White House, and managed the feat despite an unpopular President with the stench of failure and abuse of power all over. Bravo.

  3. “Walker, who is the most unqualified candidate for the U.S. Senate offered by a major party in my lifetime, and possibly ever.”
    Worse than Fetterman? I’ll agree that Walker is unqualified and talks like he’s had many, many concussions – so many that he forgets how he left his family and girlfriends, but worse than Fetterman was on Election Day?

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